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A common provision is a requirement that the notice be given during office hours. If there is such a provision and the notice is given outside office hours, the notice will probably be treated as though it was given at the commencement of working hours on the next working day. In Muslim countries offices may be closed on Fridays and Saturdays, a point on which the charterparty will normally give guidance. In view of the commercial importance of the tendering of NOR, it is a widespread practice for shipmasters to tender notice of readiness on arrival in any loading or discharging port, provided that the vessel is ready to work cargo and regardless of whether or not they know the vessel to be on voyage charter.

Thorough inspections of the cargo gear must be carried out at the required intervals (annually for most authorities, but three-monthly for Australia). When the inspections have been carried out the register must be signed in the appropriate places. Registers are normally divided into four parts to deal with four different categories of equipment. Careful study of the register will be required to identify where signatures are needed. Quadrennial examinations of lifting gear are carried out by competent persons such as surveyors from classification societies and foreman from marine engineering works, who will sign the chain register upon completion of their work.

Occasionally the vertical scale of a plan is different from the horizontal scale: this should be remembered if it is necessary to take measurements from a plan. A triangular scale rule which can be used to read dimensions at six different common plan scales is a useful item of equipment. Framed copies of some of the most important plans are likely to be displayed upon bulkheads within the accommodation, either in alleyways or in offices or control rooms. They are likely to fade and become unreadable over a period of years and should be replaced when this happens.

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