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Chief Mate Orals Syllabus

FUNCTION 1 – NAVIGATION

A) BRIDGE TEAM MANAGEMENT

  1. Voyage planning and Navigation for various conditions such as in restricted Waters/ Meteorological conditions / Ice / TSS / Restricted visibility / Gross of extensive tidal effect / Ship routeing and reporting systems criteria.
  2. Position determination in all conditions by celestial terrestrial observations. Various publication of modern electronic aids with knowledge of principles / error / corrections etc. Knowledge of principles of Magnetic / Gyro / Compass and Master Gyro Systems and care of all other navigation equipments on the Bridge.

B) TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

  1. Thorough knowledge and addition of collision Regulations / Buoyage system.
  2. Thorough knowledge and application of the principles to be observed in keeping an effective navigation watch (Senior Officer Duties).
  3. Assist Master with Command decision-making situations on bridge.

C) WEATHER MANAGEMENT

  1. Ability to understand and interpret synoptic chart to forecast area weather taking into account local weather conditions and information received by Weather Fray and Weather Routing.
  2. Knowledge of characterizes of various weather systems including TRS avoiding actions in storm centers/ dangerous quadrants.
  3. Knowledge of ocean current systems / tidal calculations / publications relating to this.

D) CRISIS MANAGEMENT

  1. Handling of various emergencies beaching, grounding collision / assessment of damage control / emergency steering / emergency towing arrangements and towing procedures.

FUNCTION 2 – CARGO HANDLING & STOWAGE

  1. GENERAL
  2. Knowledge of cargo related terminology / load destiny / stowage factor / angle of repose and various plans used for cargo loading.
  3. Knowledge and applications of international Regulations, Codes concerning safe handling, stowage, securing and transport of cargoes. Examples:-

Bulk Codes, Grain Code, Lashing Code, IMDG Code, Timber Code, ISGOTT, etc.

  • Use of stability and trim diagram and stress calculating equipment including Automatic data based equipment hull, stress calculation within acceptable limits.
  • DRY CARGO STOWAGE
  • Stowage and Securing / Trimming of various types of cargoes on various ships i.e. General Cargo (Steel plate, pulp, bagged cargo) / Bulk (Urea, MOP, Coal, Sulphur, Iron Ore, Concentrates) / Container / various types of containers including Refrigerated type Passenger (Duties relating to Pass / Cargo), Timber (Wood Pulp, Sawn Timber, Lumber) RO-RO (various types Light / Heavy vehicles and knowledge of Livestock / pure Car Carrier, Refrigerated cargo ship).
  • Definition of Heavy Lifts Loading / Stowage & Securing of Heavy lifts on a General Cargo / Multi Container / Bulk Carrier.
  • SPECIALISED CARGO STOWAGE
  • Knowledge of Oil / Chemical / LPG / Tanker Operations relating to ship operation, care of personnel and Stowage Tanker (various types of chemicals as per chemical code), LPG (various types of gases as per gas code).
  • Carriage of IMDG / Dangerous, Hazardous and harmful cargoes.
  • TRANSIT CARE:
  • Precautions during loading and unloading and care during voyage of said cargoes.
  • DOCUMENTS
  • Knowledge and application of various cargo related documents such as stowage plan, shipping list, boat note. Mate’s receipt, B/L, shipping documents, DG Manifest.
  • Documents with regard to cargo claims, disputes, damage etc., note of protest and knowledge of collection of evidence.
  • CRISIS
  • Contingencies plan / remedial action during loading / unloading of cargoes.

Example:-

Cargo Gear Breakdown / Power failure / Oil Spillage, Bilge Leakages into hold with cargo, concentrates becoming liquids.

FUNCTION 3 – OPERATION AND CARE OF PERSONNEL

  1. GENERAL –
  2. Definitions of Operation / Environment Protection.
    1. Knowledge of fundamental principles of ship construction, various ships plans/ manuals used for operation ballasting and de-ballasting deck machinery.
  3. Statutory Certificates requirements and their validity including various documents relating to Official Log Book, Oil Record Book, Chain Register thorough knowledge of Dock Labour regulations.
  4. Knowledge and application of Articles of Agreement and other Biparty / Triparty Agreements on board Indian Foreign Ships. Knowledge of provisions for indiscipline on board under various Rules / Regulations.
  5. Knowledge of ISM / STCW 95 Code relating to the duties of Chief Mate.
    1. Knowledge of statutory certificates/ class / port state control / flag state / damage etc., surveys and inspections.
  • MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT –
  • A thorough knowledge of LSA / FFA and L & SS (Screening of Navigation Lights) Regulations / Organization of Drills and maintenance of these appliances under SOLAS.
  • P.M.S. for hull deck machinery, accommodation emergency / steering gear and anchor cable.
  • Knowledge of Personnel Management, Organisation and Training on board as head of Deck Department.
  • EMERGENCIES –
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards on ship, crew welfare, social responsibility. In accordance with code off safe working practice for merchant seamen.
  • Preparation of contingency plans for response to various emergencies:-

Fire, Explosion, Collision or Grounding, Cargo Shift, Flooding, Foundering, Privacy and Pilferage.

  • SEAMANSHIP ASPECT –
  • Anchoring / Mooring:-

Procedures for use of those equipments including slipping of cables, foul anchor, foul cable, anchor dragging and ground tackle.

  1. Brief knowledge on manoeuvring of ships in Rivers & Harbours / Berthing alongside under various conditions without Tugs.
  2. Management of ships in adverse situation at Sea. Heavy Weather duties / Handling of disabled ship.
  3. Preparation of Dry-docking / undocking. Use of shores, Bilge blocks and Bilge shores.
  4. Measures to be taken to prevent the spillage of oil during cargo work. Bunkering of oil transfer. The keeping of records under the M.S. (Prevention of Pollution of the Sea by Oil) Rules.