a. Cables should not be permitted to lay on sharp or ragged objects such as gunwales.
Sharp bends should be avoided. The cables should lay in wooden saddles or be wrapped in
canvas. Splices and connectors should be raised from the deck or pier for protection against
water contamination. Ensure cables are of sufficient length to allow enough slack for the rise and
fall of the tide, but not of sufficient length to permit them to dip into the water or become wedged
between the ship and pier.
b. Lay out the cables between the supplying shore power outlet and the ship's cable port.
Lay out excess cable in a manner so as to minimize damage and abuse from vehicle and pedestrian
c. Never use feet to hold the cable in place as this may result in a foot or leg injury.
d. Keep vehicles off cable.
e. Ensure cables are of proper length and visually appear to be arranged neatly and safely.
f. Ensure ends of cables are not connected to any shore or vehicle device.
188.8.131.52 Inspecting and Testing Power Cable Assemblies
Connecting, energizing, and testing shore power cable assemblies should
be under the direct supervision of the ship's electrical officer, a qualified
leading electrician's mate, and shore activity personnel.
a. Test shore power cable assemblies with voltage tester to ensure cables are de-energized
prior to handling.
b. Lay out and visually inspect shore power cable assemblies for any sign of defects such
a cracks, bulges, or indications of overheating. Inspect cable sheath for cuts, nicks, and gouges.
When required, strip insulation from any existing cable splice(s) and inspect for cleanliness,
tightness, and good surface contact. Repair all defects and reinsulate. When required, splice and
insulate 3 meters (10 feet) of cable length with a plug to each cable of a shore power cable
c. Open shore power cable assembly covers. Clean covers and cable plugs. Inspect cover
gaskets for cuts, tears, cracks, and deformation. Inspect each plug conducting surface for pitting,
corrosion, and evidence of overheating. Inspect cable connectors for pitting, corrosion, and
evidence of overheating. Apply a light coat of approved grease to cable connectors.