DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OFFICIAL LOG BOOK AND DECK ENGINE LOG BOOK.

OFFICIAL LOG BOOK:-
1) It is required by administration like M.S. act 1958 section 212 states that every Indian ship except a home trade ship of less than 200 GT, an official log book should be kept.
2) It is always in a prescribed form approved by administration.
3) Official log book is signed by master and some other member of crew as witness.
4) Master commits an offence if he does not abide by the rules laid down by administration regarding official log book.
5) It should be submitted to administration when ship changes its flag, or ship is lost or abandoned if practicable.
6) Entries in the official log book is as per section 214 of M.S. act in Indian context.

DECK AND ENGINE LOG BOOK:-
1) It is required by office and charterer to see the parameters or any events related to movement of ship.
2) It is in prescribed form of company.
3) deck and engine log book is signed by the departmental heads of their respective department.
4) Master can not be convicted and penalized if some entry is not made in the above log books.
5) These need not be submitted to administration.
6) Entries will be likely as follows
      deck log book -- course, speed, weather, switching on and off of navigational lights, change over of steering gear to auto/manual.
Engine log book --Engine parameters, any machinery breakdown, fuel oil, lubricating oil consumption etc.


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