Batch / Group Chief Mates’ HND Sep 2012 (Batch – ‘B’)
Group Tutor Capt. Mannan Khan
Date 28 June 2013
Result PASS (1st Attempt)
Surveyor Capt. R. Jackson
Place MCA Tyne Dock
Time 1510 Hrs. LT ~ 1555 Hrs. LT
Last Vessel Oil / Product Tanker (Aframax)
Arrived @ 1430 Hrs. LT.
Orals’ started at 1510 Hrs. LT.
Gave me a Risk Assessment Form (as per COSWP), and asked me to do the RA for “Mooring Stations Aft”. Later, asked me to describe and explain in detail, all the hazards and precautions I wrote.
Asked about my Last Vessel, DWT, Trading Area, Principal Particulars, GT, NT etc.
Definitions of DWT, GT & NT.
MARPOL Annexes applicable to my last ship.
Annex V & Annex VI in detail.
VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) & VEC (Vapor Emission Control).
Taking over as Chief Mate & Duties of Chief Mate.
Dry Docking & Un-Docking: Precautions, Checks etc. ; ‘P-Force’: Both the methods & formulae; Importance of ‘GM’.
BWMP : D1 & D2 Methods in detail. Advantages & Disadvantages of both.
Documentation to prepare / Documentation required for Safety Equipment Survey. (Preparation as Chief Mate).
Actions on Bridge in case of Speed-Log Failure.
Actions on Bridge in case of Gyro-Compass Failure.
Lifeboat Dynamic Load Testing. (MSN – 1803 in detail).
Oil Record Books Entries (Part – 2).
IAMSAR – Search Patterns / Single Vessel / 6-Persons Life Raft; Formula for calculation of Track Spacing; Use of the tables given for visibility, Wf etc.
Fog Prediction, Warm & Cold Fronts, Warm Sector, Clouds Associated, TRS – Predictions & Actions.
Intact Stability Criteria In Detail – Made me draw the whole curve and asked to explain everything about the curve. Also asked me from where to get GZ values & calculations. Then asked me if there are any more similar curves for something else (i.e. Grain).
Grain Curve – Derivation of Heeling Arm Curve. Also asked me if we can load GRAIN on a tanker?
LOADLINES – Asked me to draw the Loadlines of my last vessel and asked me for highlight all the dimensions.
Maintenance & checks for SCBA Sets.
LOLER & PUWER, as per COSWP & M-Notices.
MGN – 397 in detail. FW Tank inspection & Routine maintenance.
Enclosed Space entry – Procedure, Checks, Gas Meters & Gases.
Gas Meters – Explosimeter, Tankscope, Gascope.
PV Valves, Mast Riser, Breather Valves, Deck-Seal & Inert Gas – Operation & brief layout.
Salvage & LOF Form.
Moors – Open, Running & Standing Moor.
Heavy Weather Checks – Bridge.
STCW – Rest Hours, Exceptions. Also about Rest Hours of Young People.
Operation Of CO2 System.
IALA Buoyage : Region ‘B’ / Against The Flow. Vessel Heading North (000O). (Buoys: Special Mark, Isolated Danger Mark, Cardinal Marks, Preferred Channel Mark, Safe Water Mark).
COLREGS – Annex II & IV; Contents of Rule -15, 16, 17, 18 in own words; Few CQ & ROC Situations & Actions as per Rule 9, 10, 15 & 18.
Smarty Board: Few Lights – Identification, Fog Signal, Action by own vessel.
R/V Radar Plot – 3 Targets (Right Ahead, Port Beam & Right Astern).
While I was doing the plot, a hand came in front of the Plotting sheet and I heard him saying: “ Alright, we call it a Pass”. The moment I looked up, he smiled and said: “Congratulations”.
And That’s It….. Could not believe that it would get over so soon. (Just in 40-45 Minutes).
My sincere thanks to Capt. Mannan Khan, Capt. V. Golding, Capt. Gaugh, Capt. John Milner & Capt. S. Lukose for their excellent teaching and sharing their knowledge & experiences, which made me quite easy to visualize and understand the stuff.
My heartiest thanks to my colleagues, Karan Rawat & Chaitanya Verma for the help & support.