July 19, 2006
After breakfast, 0730 hours, I arrived back at my stateroom to find a note posted on my heavy metal door. The door is heavy because when the ship is underway, the ocean waves tend to rock the ship and doors need to stay closed. For that reason, all drawers have catches on them so that they do not open and close, tables are bolted down, etc. This assures that you do not get hit with flying objects if the seas are rough. There are many safety procedures that are necessary for proper functioning of the ship and personnel and there are also safety procedures which are vital for survival in case of emergency. The typed note posted on my door contained the necessary information I needed to know in case of emergency.
It read as follows:
For each type of emergency, I had specific information as to where I needed to muster (report) and what I should do (as did each member of the crew and staff).
Emergency drills are held weekly. Everyone is alerted by drill signals:
Additionally, there are general safety procedures in place at all times. Closed toed shoes must be worn at all times. Use hand rails when going up and down ladder wells (stairs). Hard hats must be worn when working on deck and when machinery is in operation. Flotation work vests and float coats must be worn when handling any equipment over the side such as CTD casts. Flotation must also be worn in small boats as well.