MSTS CERTIFICATES IN ON-BOARD SECURITY
On board there is a place for every thing and everything must be kept in its place.
There is no scope in MSTS for making individual arrangements regarding ANYTHING.
Every key, Every tool, Every control, Every device has a correct 'resting' position.
No-one may change the 'resting' position of ANYTHING without authority.
There is a single methodology on board which will be used by everybody.
"Single Methodology" means that we all do things the same way.
MSTS BASIC CERTIFICATE IN BOAT SECURITY
To make 'single methodology on board' very clear from the very beginning
it applies even to ENTRY to and DEPARTURE from the "Kenya Jacaranda".
in fact the "single methodology on board" principle STARTS when you board.
This ensures from the beginning that we know the boat is safe at all times
and from the beginning everyone will find the same situation on boarding.
To be able to access the boat you need to know FOUR things
1. Where the boat is!
2. How to get there!
3. How to effect entry!
4. [H+S] means "Health&Safety
All Chain Gang members and other Red Pass Holders should know where the boat is from day to day, how to get there and how to get in. They must also comply with Health And Safety [H+S] principles applying to their visit. The MSTS Basic Security Certificate is evidence that you CAN handle Basic principles of boat security.
3. How to Enter the boat.
1. The most dangerous part of your visit is the transit from dock to deck. When you ARE safely on board, open the gas-locker. Note TWO gas-bottles. The TAP of one bottle is covered (by a plastic lid). This is the spare bottle, assumed always to be FULL, tap fully closed. The Ship's Bosun (Eric) maintains its condition. The last person to sign the maintenance log is RESPONSIBLE for its current status. Your first duty is to ensure that the tap on the SPARE bottle is closed, [H+S] covered by the plastic dish. Else LOG IT and date and sign the entry. That pushes the RESPONSIBILITY back to the previous visitor. We don't need witch-hunts, but we do need inflexible discipline because of the unusual environment, where there is no actual 'boss'.
2. The 'Bottle In Use' should be FOUND with its tap closed [H+S] and should have the entry key hung round the tap. If you find elsewise LOG IT as before. An open tap could mean a future fire or gas explosion, the destruction of the boat and possibly your own demise. Note! The white plastic 'key' on the lanyard has a special use in 'watering' the boat as has the cast-iron key.
The remaining key opens the companionway hatch. Clip the starboard-side door open. (We can do without hinges being whipped off in a gust of wind, or fingers mangled by a slamming hatch.) Once the door is hooked [H+S], return the key to its storage position on the bottle. Now, and only now, open the gas bottle tap and the close the locker. You may decide to open the port-half of the hatch and perhaps the sliding top. BUT, if you do, please note how to fit them all together so the boat can be locked up properly as you leave!
3. Go down the companionway ladder backways [H+S] facing aft. At the bottom of the ladder, turn on the Gas Solonoid [H+S], confirming you have 'three greens'. If you find it was left on by the last visitor, LOG IT (dated and signed) IN THE DIARY. Find the gas-lighter. Turn on the water pump, which also turns on the water gauge. Turn on all three galley lights to ensure the 24VDC system is OK. Observe whether there is water in the tanks by checking the gauge.
'Fill' a kettle. Light a gas-ring. Boil the kettle WITH THE SPOUT POINTING INWARDS [H+S]. Make a cuppa. Turn off the ring. Use remaining hot water from kettle to wash up. Put kettle, cup, spoon, etc. back WHERE THEY SHOULD BE [H+S] and this is frequently NOT where you found them. The sink and draining areas should be totally free of EVERYTHING except a draining tray [H+S] and perhaps a basin. NO crockery, NO cutlery, NO cloths, NO implements, NOTHING. If you find it any other way LOG IT (dated and signed) IN THE DIARY..
CAN YOU ? "Get in and make a cuppa! Get out and leave no clues."
ESCAPE IS MORE OR LESS A REVERSAL OF THE ENTRY PROCEDURES OUTLINED ABOVE
Turn off the water pump switch. Turn off the lights. Turn off the gas solonoid [H+S]. Depart the companionway, close the hatch, turn off the gas bottle [H+S] and leave the ship. During your early solo visits to the boat you should ALWAYS go through this procedure even if you don't actually boil a kettle or make a cuppa. It will develop in you the HABIT [H+S] of doing things in a uniform way.
When you feel you have all the above sorted, you are ready for assessment for the MSTS Security Certificate (Basic).
MSTS INTERMEDIATE CERTIFICATE IN BOAT SECURITY
Your purpose on board is to ensure that KJ is safe and well and "The Ship is Ready to Sail" There is a place for every thing. Every thing must be in its place. Everything must work as it is designed to. There is no scope for making individual arrangements regarding ANYTHING used by others. Every key, every tool, every control has a correct 'resting' position and must be KEPT in that position or at very least PUT in that position before you leave the boat. RESPONSIBILITY always rests with "Last Off", so if you don't know how to 'close down' properly find someone who CAN and get them to show you or make sure you are not last off the boat. No-one may change the 'resting' position of ANYTHING without authority. There is a single methodology to be used by everybody, regarding EVERYTHING that is done on board "Kenya Jacaranda". This ensures that EVERYONE who visits the boat knows it is safe at all times, EVERYONE finds the same situation on boarding, and EVERYONE leaves the boat in the same identical way. "FIRST STEPS" dealt with how to get in make a cuppa and leave no mess. In real life there will be more to it than that.
"SECOND STEPS". is MSTS Security Certificate (Intermediate).
Enter the boat, open up, sign on the Diary/Log. Check the status of the boat and its essential systems. Write a report in the Log/Diary. Make a cuppa (or a meal for that matter) and leave the boat safe, secure, tidy and clean, especially if you or your mates have been working on it.
"SECOND STEPS" involves opening the wheelhouse to access the log if nothing else. You know where the keys are! Enroute to the wheelhouse you may decide to unlock the engine hatch. If you do, the lock will be replaced in its eye and locked on after the hasp is released. You will NOT remove the lock from its position or leave it hanging on the bunch, just because the key won't come out unless the lock is 'closed'.
Once the wheelhouse door has been unlocked you WILL hang the bunch of keys on a brass hook behind the wheelhouse door. You will NOT place them on the chart table and you will NOT put them anywhere else except on that brass hook. The bunch of keys is very sinkable and would go to the bottom at once if dropped over. There is no float and no-one is brave enough to dump the obsolete keys. Get out the diary/log, sign on and read EVERYTHING written since your last visit. Signing on and signing off is probably more important than the work itself for the long term good of the boat
NOW AND ONLY NOW ARE YOU READY TO CHECK THE STATUS OF THE BOAT.
Check the 240VAC electricity consumer unit to ensure that the mains supply is functional. On entering the wheelhouse in low ambient light, the safety light overhead which is mains driven will probably come on. If not, CHECK it is plugged in and that its socket is switched on. Check presence and status of handheld VHF transceiver. It should not be have been left where it is easily visible. It is frequently stuffed behind the depth sounder for that reason. It should be in a charged state, but its charger should NOT be 'on'. It is part of YOUR security role to put the hand-held on charge, while you are on board and undo the charger before you leave and LOG it. Bottom line is that everyone knows the hand-held is being maintained on-going.
Check that all wheelhouse devices are turned off at source. The commonest thing to find on is the VHF radio overhead the chart table. Check, by turning on the ignition switches, that the dashboard is 'dead' thus ensuring the starter batteries in the engine room have been isolated by the last user. If you find anything amiss, LOG IT IN THE DIARY. Finally, learn what each switch in the wheelhouse is for and ensure all are turned OFF unless you have reason. There are two banks of switches on the starboard side which must be fully understood by all maintenance staff and engineers.
WHEN YOU ARE ON BOARD ALONE YOU ARE IN CHARGE. WHEN ON BOARD WITH OTHERS IT IS STILL YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SEE THAT EVERYTHING IS DONE ACCORDING TO THESE TRAINING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL CHAIN GANG MEMBERS CARRY THE SAME RESPONSIBILITIES
THE MOST IMPORTANT CHECKS PRIOR TO LEAVING THE BOAT
1. Is the boat securely tied to the dock to ensure it cannot be blown away?
2. Are all the pumps working AND/OR bilge water level normal to ensure the boat is not sinking
3. Is the gas-bottle tap and solonoid closed to ensure the boat can not go on fire or be blown up.
4. Is the 24VDC charging system fully functional as all lights and pumps on board depend on it.
5. Is the 240VAC ok? Main bilge pump and 24VDC charging system depend on it. Read 4 again.