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ORAL EXAM REPORT

SYLLABUS B (DECK) - CHIEF MATE UNLTD. MASTER <3000 GT

CANDIDATE: PRASHANT V.SAWANT

DATE: 9TH AUGUST 2013

EXPERIENCE: BULK, GENERAL, RO-RO

CENTRE: SOUTHAMPTON

EXAMINER: CAPT. SHAW

DURATION: 0930 – 1045

RESULT: PASS


I arrived by 09:05 am and was directed to go straight inside and wait outside the orals room. At 09:30 Capt. Shaw asked me to get in the oral exam room and ask me my discharge book.

Then asked about my last vessel and said you are Chief Mate on small bulk carrier.

1) Your OOW reported cargo is about to complete prepare your ship for sea? (Gave him usual stuff and told him will have Hold inspection including bilges and look for damages include ladders.)

2) What all documents will you see in Mate’s office? (More interested in risk assessment file, Permit to work file, and rest hours )

3) What is a Chain Register and what are its contents?

4) What is a competent person?

5) Who does the 5yearly test, inspections and checks on the lifting and work equipment’s?

6) Which regulation governs those inspections?

7) What do you understand by Ballast water management?

8) Advantage and Disadvantage of ballast water exchange methods?

9) Which all Marpol Annex’s does your last vessel comply with?

10) Explain me how you will Implement Garbage Management on your vessel?

11) What all entries are there on Garbage record book?

12) Explain ship stability?

13) Free surface effect, Angle of Loll and How to correct Angle of Loll?

14) Preparation for Dry Dock One day before entering?

15) Now your vessel is on lay berth before enter in Dry Dock what will you discuss with your Dry Dock Manager and why?(More interested in means of access, Permit to work system and BOTTOM PLUGS)

16) Now you are in Dry Dock explain me up thrust (Force P)?

17) Finished with Dry Dock now on lay berth again with Dry Dock Manager what all things you will discuss?

18) Preparation for Load Line survey?

19) Your vessel is still in the lay berth and the C/E comes to you with a job of lifting pistons from the engine room. The crane you are going to use is a crane above the E/R skylight that is rarely used, what would you do? (He stressed on the fact that the crane was rarely used as he wanted to hear more about the inspection/maintenance criteria)

20) Explain me Hours of rest? Including young person?

21) As a chief officer with respect to ISM how will you Implement Safety on Board? (He want to listen safety meetings and feedback from crew.)

22) Show me Emergency wreck buoy, Safe Water Mark and Special Mark ask to identify these buoys and light characteristics and top marks.

And here he said ok Mr Sawant “I will pass you”

Capt. Shaw wants practical answers to test the candidate’s managerial skills more than anything else. In every question possible, he wanted to know what I would do as the person in charge and how I would manage my junior officers and crew in that particular aspect.

My continuous references to ‘safety and Risk Assessment being the most important’ really helped

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