Aboard ship while underway, or in an approved simulator, given the engineering log book, the pertinent standing orders and proper safety equipment.

Performance requirement

Behavior Standard
The student will: During assessment, the student shall, at a minimum:

Check engine room and machinery in accordance with stcw code A-VIII/2 part 4-2 Paragraph 58’

  • Make thorough round of engine room and auxiliary machinery spaces
  • Communicate with bridge regarding potential adverse conditions
  • Complete the pre-watch debrief orally with the assessor

Check that all members of the relieving watch are ready to perform their duties


  • all members of the engineering watch are present or accounted for
  • all watch stations are manned
  • all members of the watch are not fatigued or impaired

Relieve the watch

Clearly indicate when watchstanding responsibility is assumed


Assessed in EN‑4231 Sea Term IV: Marine Engineering.


  1. Table A-III/1 OICEW-A1.1
  2. NVIC 17-14 Task 1.1.A

Pre-watch debrief

Prior to taking over the engineering watch, relieving officers shall satisfy themselves regarding at least the following:

*The standing orders and special instructions of the chief engineer officer relating to the operation of the ship's systems and machinery;* * Have you read and understood the standing orders? * Have you read and understood and initialed the night orders? * Are there any special instructions that must be carried out on this watch? * If so, what are they? *The nature of all work being performed on machinery and systems, the personnel involved and potential hazards;* * Is there any maintenance work being conducted in the engine room that may affect the watch? * If so, what is it? * If so, who is in charge of the work? *The level and, where applicable, the condition of water or residues in bilges, ballast tanks slop tanks, reserve tanks, fresh water tanks, sewage tanks and any special requirements for use or disposal of the contents thereof;* * What is the condition of the engine room bilges? * What is the condition of the shaft alley bilges? * Is there a carpenter's report indicating any bilges outside the engine room require pumping? * Are there any special requirements for use or disposal of tank contents? If so, what? * Have the tank levels on the Engine Room chalkboard been updated within the last 4 hours? *The condition and level of fuel in the reserve tanks, settling tank, day tank, and other storage facilities;* * Have the tank levels on the Engine Room chalkboard been updated within the last 4 hours? * Which settling tank is in use? * Will it need to be changed over or filled during the watch? * Which settlers are currently being heated? * What are the current and desired settler temperatures? *Any special requirements relating to sanitary system disposals;* * Are there any special requirements relating to sewage disposal? * If so, what? *Condition and mode of operation of the various main and auxiliary systems, including the electrical distribution system;* * What is the status of the main engine? * Are the engines delivering the RPM desired by the bridge? * Which generator(s) is in operation? * Is/are the operating generator(s) sufficient to meet the anticipated load during the watch? * Are there any significant grounds on the distribution system? * Which feed pump is in operation? * Which lube oil pump is in operation? * Which evaporators are in operation? *Where, applicable, the condition of monitoring and control console equipment, and which equipment is being operated manually;* * Is the main console operating normally? * If not, what is the problem? * Is there any equipment normally operated automatically, currently being manually controlled? *Where applicable, the condition and mode of operation of automatic boiler controls such as flame safeguard control systems, limit control systems, combustion control systems, fuel-supply control systems and other equipment related to the operation of steam boilers;* * What is the status of the boilers? * Are the boiler automatic controls operating normally? * If not, what is the problem? * Which boiler is the Master Sender sensing? *Any potentially adverse conditions resulting from bad weather, ice, or contaminated shallow water;* * Have you checked with the bridge regarding external conditions? * Do you anticipate any maneuvering during the watch? *Any special modes of operation dictated by equipment failure or adverse ship conditions; * * Is any machinery or controls out of service or in hand mode? * Is there anything unusual about this watch? *The reports of engine-room ratings relating to their assigned duties;* * Is the entire watch present or accounted for? * Have you reviewed the clipboards for accuracy and abnormal readings? * Have the duties of any missing persons been reassigned? *The availability of fire-fighting appliances; and* * What equipment is available in the engine room for fighting fires? * Is the engine room fire fighting equipment ready for use? *The state of completion of the engine-room log.* * Has the previous watch filled out the engine room logbook? * Is the logbook still clean? * Do the predicted end-of-watch revolutions agree with the counter?

See the Assessment Guidelines for additional specifications of behavior and standards.