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Welcome to the website where you can find answers for the CES test on the subject «Deck, Support, Bulk Carrier». This site will help you as a marine specialist improve your knowledge with the help of open information, where you can find questions as well as answers for them. CES/CBT based on practical information and marine specialists experience.

CES tests developed for evaluating seaman basic knowledge by Seagull Company (rebranded as «OTG»), is an evaluating online-tool, used for revealing any professional preparation needed in specific fields of knowledge, defined by STCW.

  • Test type: STCW.
  • Version: 5.2.7.
  • Department: Deck.
  • Level: Support.
  • Vessel type: Bulk Carrier.

CES tests have proven themselves as good tools for the selection and recruitment process, as well as advancing the level of knowledge of the current officers and crew. Ocean Technologies Group use various subjects for question creation, which includes:

  • Crowd and Crisis Management;
  • Integrated Navigation System (INS);
  • Ballast water management;
  • Handling and Stowage;
  • Vessel operation management and safety;
  • Marine engineering;
  • Maintenance and repair, etc.

«Deck, Support, Bulk Carrier» subject includes theoretical and practical information about advanced training for work this type of vessel. Knowledge of this information directly shows employee’s competence who holds a relevant post on a vessel. Service on bulk carrier ships involves specific duties and responsibilities related to the transportation of bulk cargoes such as coal, ores, and grains. Crew members on bulk carriers must possess specialized skills in cargo handling, navigation, and loading/unloading operations. Additionally, working on a bulk carrier requires a high level of responsibility and attention to detail to ensure the safety of the vessel and its cargo.

This page contains answers to Seagull CES (Crew Evaluation System) test about Bulk Carriers, and serve as a database of questions and answers, using which seafarer can prepare to exams for getting certificate of competence, or just to challenge yourself with knowledge in this theme.



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Code: EODR On the figure there are four (4) possible definitions of the term “ASTERN” shown. Which one is the correct one?

Scheme of the ship

Astern is defined as C on the figure.
Astern is defined as B on the figure.
Astern is defined as D on the figure.
Astern is defined as A on the figure.
Code: MBWF A very dusty cargo is to be loaded on a bulk carrier; what precautions on deck should be included?
All cranes, deck houses and storerooms fully closed down to prevent entry of dust.
No access allowed onto main deck.
No extra precautions need to be taken.
Decks washed down regularly.
Code: DBSU On the figure there are four (4) possible definitions of the term “BOLLARD” given. Which one is the correct one?

Scheme of the ship #2

Bollard is given by C on the figure.
Bollard is given by D on the figure.
Bollard is given by B on the figure.
Bollard is given by A on the figure.
Code: KBJS In the diagram, which arrow is pointing at the position known as the “Bridge”?

Scheme of the ship #3

The Bridge is indicated by A in the figure.
The Bridge is indicated by D in the figure.
The Bridge is indicated by B in the figure.
The Bridge is indicated by C in the figure.
Code: AXYU On the diagram, which letter indicates what is meant by the word “DRAUGHT” of the ship?

Scheme of the ship #4

Draught is indicated by D, in the figure.
Draught is indicated by B, in the figure.
Draught is indicated by C, in the figure.
Draught is indicated by A, in the figure.
Code: IVGQ On the figure there are four (4) possible directions, shown by the arrowed lines, which could be the correct direction associated with the term “HEAD LINE”. Which one is the correct one?

Scheme of the ship #5

Head line is given by C on the figure.
Head line is given by D on the figure.
Head line is given by B on the figure.
Head line is given by A on the figure.
Code: ICYJ On the figure there are four (4) possible definitions of the term “WINDLASS”. Which one is the correct one?

Scheme of the ship #6

Windlass is given by C on the figure.
Windlass is given by D on the figure.
Windlass is given by B on the figure.
Windlass is given by A on the figure.
Code: HHIJ On the figure there are four (4) possible definitions of the term “CENTRE LINE”. Which one is the correct one?

Scheme of the ship #7

Centre line is given by B on the figure.
Centre line is given by C on the figure.
Centre line is given by D on the figure.
Centre line is given by A on the figure.
Code: OWGN “Overshoot” is an expression we use when talking about a ship’s steering ability. What is the definition of this expression?
It is the way a ship turns when you put the helm in a hard over position.
It is how many degrees a ship continues to turn after you apply counter rudder.
It is the way a ship shoots forward when you give “a kick ahead”.
It is the way a ship continues to turn when the helm is put amidship.
Code: FHGM What is the correct understanding of the term “boat deck”?
The deck where the top of the lifeboats can be viewed.
The deck of a ship at the base of the accommodation.
The deck which is at the top of the double bottom tank on a cargo ship.
The deck where the lifeboats davits are positioned.
Code: GAQJ What is the meaning of the term “steady as she goes” when acting as helmsman?
While altering the ships head, the instruction “steady as she goes” means reduce the ships swing as rapidly as possible and steady on present course.
Keep the applied rudder constant until the next helm order.
Try to reduce the continuous swinging either side of the course when steering a compass course.
Reduce the number of helm movements used when steering a set course.
Code: GKPM On a fire patrol at night you see smoke coming from a closed cabin door. What action should you take first?
Take a look inside the cabin to see what the situation is.
Activate the nearest fire alarm button and advise bridge of the location of the fire.
Get the nearest fire extinguisher and then open the door to see what the situation is.
As most people are sleeping, call a friend and ask him to assist in putting out the fire.
Code: AGRJ Having a CO2 alarm during normal working hours, what immediate action should be taken?
Get out of the engine room as soon as possible.
Get into the control room.
Awaiting further order.
Ignore the alarm.
Code: YQTK What is the first thing you are doing when having a lifeboat drill?
Put on the life jacket.
Swing out the davit.
Wait for order.
Enter the lifeboat.
Code: IDIL In the figure, which letter indicates what is known as “mooring bits”?

Scheme of the vessel #7

The mooring bits are indicated by C in the figure.
The mooring bits are indicated by B in the figure.
The mooring bits are indicated by D in the figure.
The mooring bits are indicated by A in the figure.
Code: IHXA What letter indicates the direction “AHEAD”, in the figure?

Scheme of the vessel #7

Ahead is indicated by B, in the figure.
Ahead is indicated by C, in the figure.
Ahead is indicated by D, in the figure.
Ahead is indicated by A, in the figure.
Code: SRSF Which is the “STERN” area, in the figure?

Scheme of the vessel #8

The Stern area is indicated by C, in the figure.
The Stern area is indicated by B, in the figure.
The Stern area is indicated by A, in the figure.
The Stern area is indicated by D, in the figure.
Code: AHWE Which is the “PANAMA LEAD”, in the figure?

Scheme of the vessel #9

The Panama Lead is indicated by C, in the figure.
The Panama Lead is indicated by B, in the figure.
The Panama Lead is indicated by D, in the figure.
The Panama Lead is indicated by A, in the figure.
Code: JMMT If you detect a fire on board the ship, dependent on the situation, which of the following actions is the first to be taken?
Call the officer on duty.
Try to kill the fire immediately by use of fire-extinguishers or other adequate appliances.
Raise the fire alarm.
Check all nearby compartments for survivors.
Code: WCRQ How is a EPIRB (Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon) activated?
Most EPIRBs are automatically activated when they enter the water.
Most EPIRBs are remotely activated from the ship.
The EPIRB is always transmitting and does not need to be activated.
Most EPIRBs must be manually switched on.
Code: JPPA What is meant by the term “keeping a proper lookout” as applied to the bridge lookout?
Keeping a visual lookout all round the vessel.
Continually visually scanning the horizon all round the ship.
Keeping a very visual lookout ahead and abeam of the ship.
Keeping a visual lookout all round the ship and also actively listening out for audio signals.
Code: IIES How will you act if you are helmsman and the OOW (officer on watch) gives you the order: “Nothing to port”.
Don’t let the ship turn to port.
Let the ship turn to starboard.
Alter course to starboard.
Don’t give port rudder.
Code: RKSY If you are the helmsman on duty, what would be the correct action if the OOW (officer on watch) gives you the order to: “Change over from Automatic pilot to Hand steering”.
Apply the controls to disconnect the Automatic pilot and engage hand steering. Start steering the vessel using the wheel and confirm with the OOW the change-over is complete and the course you are to steer.
Standby the wheel and wait for the OOW to apply the appropriate controls to change from Automatic pilot to hand steering.
Apply the appropriate controls to disconnect the Automatic pilot and engage hand steering. Start manually steering the same course as was being steered by the automatic pilot.
Ask the OOW what course you are to steer and standby the wheel. Tell the OOW you are ready for changing over.
Code: ECAT What is the factor that makes the difference between a deflagrating and a detonating explosion?
The initial pressure, temperature and moisture content.
The material which is at the origin of the explosion (powder or gas).
The speed of the shock wave created by the initial combustion.
The confinement of the place where the explosion occurs (inside or outside).
Code: FCWR The method of extinction by smothering is based on this basis:
The fire extinguished by avoiding the contact between the fuel vapours and the oxygen.
The fire is extinguished by interrupting the chain reaction, as it stops the transmission of heat by means of the action of chemical agents.
The fire is extinguished by avoiding the contact between the fuel vapours and the hot surface.
The fire is extinguished by eliminating the heat so as to obtain a temperature at which the fuel doesn’t give off enough vapour.
Code: KFQI Which of the following measures should rather be considered as a prevention measure than as a protection measure?
Provision of an extinguisher in a compartment.
Detection of fire in the area where it has started.
Availability of an extinction equipment.
Restriction in the usage of combustible materials.
Code: KMVP The pressure in a flexible fire hose must be set up:
After it has been laid down.
While it is being laid down.
Before it is being laid down.
All answers are correct.
Code: NLIE Give the meaning of the following symbol:

Sprinkler installation.
Foam installation.
Powder installation.
Portable foam installation.
Code: PVHA Give the meaning of the following symbol:

Manually operated call point.
Water fog applicator.
Fire station.
Fire alarm panel.
Code: VGAF Which one of the listed requirements regarding inflatable liferafts corresponds to present regulations? Every liferaft shall be so constructed that:
Be prevented from pressure exceeding twice the working pressure, either by relief valves or by limited gas supply.
It’s canopy has viewing ports in all directions.
Have at least two entrances.
In the event of capsizing it will automatically attain a position providing an above water escape.
Code: LIYJ If conditions permit, which is the best way to board a liferaft that is floating close to the ship?
Use a rope ladder close to the raft to climb down and board.
Jump onto the raft itself.
Jump into the water close to the raft, without a lifejacket, as this will make it easier to swim and board the liferaft.
Wearing a lifejacket, jump into the water close to the raft and then swim to it.
Code: PHPE An immersion suit is:
Not allowing undue ingress of water after a jump from a height of not less than 4,5 m into the water.
Totally waterproof whatever may be the condition of immersion.
Not allowing undue ingress of water after a jump from a height of not less than 18 m into the water.
Not allowing undue ingress of water after a jump from a height of not less than 8,5 m into the water.
Code: FBVA What is the meaning of this symbol?

Sign: Muster station

Muster station.
Immersion suit.
Direction indicator.
Embarkation station.
Code: OMGR How many rocket parachute flares are carried in each liferaft with SOLAS B pack?
2.
12.
6.
Nil.
Code: ACVX What is the minimum number of lifebuoys carried by a cargo vessel of more than 200 metres in length?
14.
20.
18.
12.
Code: PYQN, YVTS What is an oxygen analyzer used for?
Measure oxygen contents in the atmosphere.
Check if there is explosive atmosphere in the oxygen.
Check if the oxygen is contaminated.
Measure humidity in the oxygen.
Code: ASQX When going aloft in a bosun’s chair what kind of shackle should be used to attach the chair to the mast stay and how should it be used?
Any shackle is adequate for this task but it must be attached at the discretion of the seaman going aloft.
A shackle selected by the seaman and used as he wants.
An approved shackle attached with bow of shackle running on the stay.
An approved shackle with the pin of the shackle against the stay.
Code: QONU Injuries resulting from slips and falls constitute the largest percentage of accidents that occur in the catering department. What shall be done to reduce this high accident rate?
Install thermostates to avoid water from freezing to ice.
Do not wash off all rubish to prevent persons slipping.
Ensure that slippery substances are not left where several persons are expected to be.
Keep the floors and decks free from fat and grease.
Code: VVBI Which Security Levels requires the highest security alert?
Security Level 3.
Security Level 2.
Security Level 1.
Code: QWIA Which type of equipment can be used to detect explosives?
Metal detector.
CCTV.
Water cannon.
Particulate detector.
Code: WEFB What are the duties of the “Standby Watch keeper” when he is not on the bridge?
Remain in the expected location, available for immediate call from the bridge.
Tidy up the accommodation and clear the mess rooms.
Return to his cabin and catch up with some sleep.
Patrol the ship and report anything unusual to the bridge.
Code: HCCO When carrying high sulphur coal on a bulk carrier, which areas of a cargo hold are prone to corrosion?
Steelwork with which wet cargo is in contact.
All steelwork.
Steelwork with which dry cargo is in contact.
Air and sounding pipes passing through the hold.
Code: SCRH Cargo holds are usually swept completely prior to washing on a bulk carrier. This is carried out so that:
Because it is part of a company’s safety management system.
So that cargo residues will not clog the bilge lines and associated suction and valves.
So that cargo residues will not be pumped overboard.
Because it is a requirement under MARPOL 73/78.
Code: SJIR It is important to remove all traces of salt after washing the cargo holds of a bulk carrier, because:
Because salt encourages the corrosion of steelwork.
Because salt will contaminate the next bulk cargo.
To prepare the steelwork for painting during the ballast passage.
If not done, surveyors at the load port will be unable to properly inspect the cargo holds.
Code: QMSC What is understood by the term “a Combination Carrier”?
A ship designed to carry either oil or solid bulk cargoes.
A general cargo ship.
A ship designed to carry bulk cargoes in alternate holds.
A ship designed to carry all types of cargoes.
Code: PIXT With a bulk ship in port, when would it be permissible to start painting over-side?
Within two hours of berthing.
Immediately after berthing.
After obtaining permission from the master.
After obtaining permission from the port authority.
Code: EVBH What might safely be used to prevent a load swinging when lifted by a crane?
Guide or tag lines, tended from a safe location.
Personnel underneath the load, holding onto it and restricting its movement.
A cargo net.
Short, jerky movements on the ship’s controls.
Code: UOTL You are driving a crane and the signalman on deck gives this signal. What does it mean? (Hand signals as per the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen).

Hand signal - Stop

Danger, or emergency stop!
Hoist the load.
Start, or attention!
Lift the jib.
Code: AGOS What is understood by the term “take the helm”?
Take over the steering of the ship.
Take a message to another officer.
Take over heaving of a rope.
Change the place where the lookout is standing.
Code: TCOT What is the room often called where the crew eat their meals?
The crew mess.
The crew cafe.
The crew galley.
The crew restaurant.
Code: KFDP What do you understand by: “Let go the port anchor”?
Let go the port anchor means: open the port windlass brake.
Let go the port anchor means: put the port windlass brake in gear and lower the anchor.
Let go the port anchor means: put the port windlass brake in gear.
Let go the port anchor means: slacken the port anchor cable.
Code: NVNK What do you understand by: “Rig the accommodation ladder in combination with the pilot ladder”?
Lower the gangway and rig the pilot ladder from the gangway.
Lower the gangway.
Lower the accommodation ladder and rig the pilot ladder right next to it.
Lower the gangway and rig the pilot ladder forward of the accommodation.
Code: WJQC Whenever there is a major bleeding, the first priority should be to:
Stop the bleeding.
Raise an alarm.
Call the doctor.
Take the pulse of the pacient.
Code: CNMN The bones in the human body are connected to each other by:
Different type of joints.
Muscles.
Fibrous tissues.
Tendons.
Code: CYYU When first using cleaning agent in the machinery space, the crew should:
Use it sparingly.
Confirm that it won’t form an emulsion.
Use it liberally.
Confirm that it will form an emulsion.
Code: CGPV Which of the following is part of the spill response equipment inventory?
Sorbents.
Hand cleaner.
The pressure washer.
Non-sparking scoops, shovels and buckets.
Code: QKSH What paint coating should be used in a cargo hold of a bulk carrier, when the hold may be used for the carriage of grains?
Approved for use in cargo spaces that may carry edible cargoes.
Any paint type can used in these spaces.
Paint must be epoxy based.
Cargo spaces must not be painted.
Code: WITB When can a partly loaded bulk cargo space be entered when the vessel is at sea?
For hatch cleaning purposes.
On instructions from the CPO (Bosun).
At any time.
In no circumstances except possibly in an emergency.
Code: OJHE A stevedore is working in a cargo hold of a bulk carrier while completing discharge of a concentrate cargo. You suddenly notice that he appears to be taken ill. You should:
Assume problem due to lack of oxygen and/or toxic gas and rescue with self-contained breathing apparatus.
The foreman stevedore will deal with this situation.
Immediately enter space and give first aid.
Assume possible heart attack and give CPR.
Code: CTSK On a bulk carrier at the completion of loading and before closing hatch covers, the track ways must be:
Track ways swept and checked clear of obstructions.
No sweeping required.
Track ways washed down.
No specific checks.
Code: NFRF When preparing the hold of a bulk carrier for cargo when that hold has previously been ballasted, which of the following must be checked?
Previous cargo swept out.
The ballast lines must be blanked off and the bilge lines opened and tested.
The heating coils fitted.
Paint coating re-painted.
Code: RUUF What must be done after completion of ballasting operations on a bulk carrier?
All valves closed, tank ventilators in open position and sounding pipe caps replaced.
Sounding pipe caps left off.
All valves and lines left open.
All valves closed and tank ventilators to closed position.



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