SQE Marine Provides New Engine Room Procedures Guidelines


SQE MARINE consulting firm provides guidance regarding the new Engine Room Procedures Guide, published by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in February. 

New Edition Published

In February 2024, ICS published the new edition (2nd) of the Engine Room Procedures Guide, after 5 years of the initial edition. Engine Room Procedure Guide is an edition globally accepted as the industry’s best practice, for Engine Room procedures.

Additional Guidance 

The new edition has incorporated some additional guidance for fuels other than marine fuel oil (LNG, Alkali, Biofuels, etc), extended guidance for enclosed spaces, Ballast water treatment, and ECGS.

Structure Differences

  • Instead of Annexes, the new edition uses the wording Appendices
  • Word manning has been replaced by the word “Crewing” throughout the guide.
  • Word Training has been replaced by the phrase “Environmental training”
  • Photo shots and flowcharts have been incorporated into several chapters of the guide
  • New Appendix D with Two-Stroke Low Load Operation Inspection Report Sample

Main Text differences

Chapter 1 Introduction

  • Para 1.2 Changes in wording to include reference to ECGS & BWTS. Special references have been made to the SMS familiarization Procedure.
  • Para 1.3 Inspections and Repairs have been added to the existing responsibilities of the Engineering Team.
  • Para 1.6.1 For critical equipment identification reference is made to OCIMF Safety Critical Equipment & Spares parts Guidance.
  • Para 1.6.3 Additional Cyber Security items have been added.

Chapter 2 Engineering Department Organization: New generic guidance paragraph has been incorporated. New paragraphs incorporated 2.2.1 Watch Keeping Team & 2.2.2 UMS Team.1

  • Para 2.2 Organization Chart. ETO advanced to the Management Level. Gas Engineer incorporated to Operational Level.
  • Para 2.2.1 New Chart for Watchkeeping Team. In Operational Level 3 Officers, In Support Level 3 Ratings. Additional guidance on roles and responsibilities incorporated.
  • Para. 2.2.3 Reference is made to SMS with the requirement to include clearly defined duties for the following Officers:
    • 2nd Engineer responsible for the Main Engine
    • 3rd Engineer responsible for Auxiliary Engines
    • 4th Engineer responsible for Sewage/Fresh water system and OWS
    • The organizational chart changed to the Management and Operational level
  • Para 2.4 for ETO revised with additional Guidance.

Chapter 3 Engineering Team Management

  • New definition for EOOW – Engineer Officer Of the Watch.
  • Para 3.4.1 changed the heading from No Blame Culture to Just Culture.
  • New para 3.4.2 incorporated under the title of Challenging Decisions.
  • Para 3.5 was revised to include the wording” 2nd Engineer is responsible for planning tasks to meet work/rest hours schedule”.

Chapter 4 Communications: Additional guidance provided for Working Language on Board

  • Para. 4.2.1 Closed Loop System, para. restricted with the new guidance.
  • Para 4.4.2 Additional guidance for UMS operation incorporated.
  • Para 4.4.3 Additional guidance for Communication between E/R and Bridge during maneuvering has been added.
  • Para 4.6.1 Additional Info for Alarms received during UMS added.

Chapter 5 Safety of the Ship: Additional guidance has been incorporated.

  • Para 5.3 test of fixed fire equipment, fireman outfit, and EEBD has been added.

Chapter 7 Critical Operations Periods: Additional reference has been incorporated in Para. 7.7 for ECAs. In para 7.8 Bunkering new sub-paragraphs have been incorporated:

  • 7.8.3 Fuel Quantities
  • 7.8.4 LNG Bunkering
  • 7.8.5 Bunkering of Biofuels
  • 7.8.6 Alkali Bunkering

Chapter 8 Watchkeeping: New extended guidance for Oil Record Book has been incorporated as para. 8.8.1

  • Para. 8.1.3 Revised to include additional guidance.
  • Para 8.6 Weekly tests has been incorporated for operating fluids (Boiler Water/Thermal Oil/ LT-HT cooling water, lube oils etc).

Chapter 9 Pollution Control: Some additional items have been incorporated in several sections of the chapter.

  • Para. 9.3.1 Additional extended guidance has been incorporated for OWS.
  • Para 9.3.4 Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS). New para have been incorporated. Old was renumbered as
  • Para 9.3.5 revised to include additional guidance for Record Keeping.

Chapter 10 Machinery Operational Guidelines

  • New para 10.2.2 Low Load Operation has been incorporated.
  • Para 10.3 regarding fuels restructured to include guidance for fuels other than marine fuel oil (LNG, Biofuels, Dual engine fuel, etc).

Chapter 11 Machinery Maintenance and Inspections Guidelines

  • Para 11.8.1 Additional Risk Assessment Matrix Sample incorporated. The new sample is a 5×5 numeric matrix with numeric Risk Rating calculation.
  • Para 11.11 for enclosed space entry was restructured to include additional guidance. The following subparagraphs have been incorporated:
    • 11.11.1 Introduction
    • 11.11.2 IMO Guidelines
    • 11.11.4 Oxygen Content in Air
    • 11.11.5 Oxygen Deficiency
    • 11.11.6 Flammable gases
    • 11.11.7 Oxygen Enrichment
    • 11.11.8 Oxygen Depleting
    • 11.11.9 Enclosed space and rescue drills
  • Para 11.11.10 Preparation for Enclosed Space entry, Totally restructured. (1st edition 2 pages / 2nd edition 15 pages)
  • Para 11.12 Hot work , restructured to include additional guidance and work Flowchart.

Chapter 12 Ship type Specific Guidelines: No significant changes

  • Para 12.1.1 OCIMF SIRE reference has been included.

Chapter 13 Preparing for Inspections: The chapter was restructured with extended guidance. Common findings and deficiencies have been incorporated. 

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