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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.

  • Version: 6.0.0.
  • Test type: STCW
  • Department: Deck
  • Level: Management
  • Vessel type: Container vessel

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 department, Management level, Container vessels» subject includes theoretical and practical information about safety working with electrical equipment. Knowledge of this information directly shows employee’s competence who holds a relevant post on a vessel. Deck management on a container vessel involves a wide range of duties and responsibilities. Some of the primary tasks include ensuring that the ship is properly secured while in port, supervising the loading and unloading of cargo, performing regular maintenance and safety inspections, and monitoring weather conditions and navigation. Overall, effective deck management is essential for ensuring the safe and efficient operation of a container vessel, and requires a high level of skill, knowledge, and experience on the part of the deck officers and crew.

This page contains answers to Seagull CES (Crew Evaluation System) test about Deck department, Management level, Container vessels, 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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Your vessel has been involved in a collision and has developed a list. After sounding the general alarm and informing others of the situation, what other immediate steps should be taken?
Assess the compartments flooded to determine the remaining stability.
Start discharging water using all available means. Monitor water ingress and any increase of draft or list to determine if the situation has stabilised.
Prepare for abandoning ship keeping all parties informed of the situation.
All of the options.
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How often shall each member of the crew participate in an “abandon ship”-drill?
Once every week.
Once every 6 months.
Once every month.
Once a year.
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Bulk liquid cargoes carried in flexi-tank containers are considered dangerous:
When the associated material safety data sheet shows a constituent(s) listed in the IMDG Code.
When the shipper instructs that the container be carried on-deck only.
When declared as a non-hazardous chemical.
When declared as bulk liquid foodstuff.
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For a ships loading computer to be safely used for loading planning and stress calculations, it must be approved by:
Hull and Machinery Insurers of the vessel.
The Port State where vessel is currently loading.
IT Department of Ship owner.
A Classification Society.
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What would indicate the onset of Parametric Rolling?
When twice the wave encounter period approaches the natural roll period of the ship.
When the wave encounter period approaches the natural roll period of the ship.
When wave heights experienced from the bows exceed 6 meters.
IT When wave heights experienced from either quarter exceed 6 meters.
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Most minor oilspills are caused by:
Equipment failure.
Major casualties.
Unforeseeable circumstances.
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Human error.
Under what convention is the master to ensure that a ship is seaworthy and in a fit state to safety carry a shipper’s cargo?
The Hague-Visby Rules.
The Antwerp Convention.
The Paris Memorandum.
The Nassau Protocol.
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Why is it important to have good a relationship between the crew on board a vessel?
It encourages crew to extend their contract.
Crew comes to know each others problems.
It will prevent accidents from happening.
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It leads to better work performance and positive atmosphere among the crew.
Why is it important to have good a relationship between the crew on board a vessel?
Requesting a “self test”.
Sending a message to MF DSC.
Doing a “link test”.
Doing a “recommissioning test”.
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As per IMDG Code, the term “separated from” can be defined as:
In different compartments or holds when stowed “under deck”. Provided an intervening deck is resistant to fire and liquid, a vertical separation may be accepted as equivalent. For “on deck” stowage, this segregation means a distance of at least 6 metres.
With an intervening compartment, being both a vertical and horizontal separation. Provided an intervening deck is resistant to liquid and fire, a vertical separation of 6 metres is acceptable. For “on deck” stowage, this segregation means a distance of at least 12 metres irrespective of compartment divisions.
Effectively segregated so that the incompatible goods cannot interact dangerously in the event of an accident, but may be transported in the same compartment or hold on deck, provided a horizontal separation, projected vertically, of 3 metres is obtained.
Either in a vertical or horizontal separation: if the intervening decks are not resistant to fire and liquid, then only in a longitudinal separation is acceptable. For “on deck” stowage, this means a distance of at least 12 metres. This distance also applies to one package stowed “on deck” and another in an upper compartment.
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You can reduce the need for security guards in certain areas by installing:
Metal detectors.
Vapour detectors.
Anti-intruder devices.
Water cannons.
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When should a crew member joining a ship for the first time be given some training and instructions in the use of the ship’s fire-fighting appliances?
As soon as possible but not later than 2 days after he joins the ship.
As soon as possible but not later than 24 hours after he joins the ship.
As soon as possible.
As soon as possible but not later than 2 weeks after he joins the ship.
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During an audit, adherence to the company cargo handling procedures can best be demonstrated:
By being able to provide comprehensive and verifiable documentary records of cargo operations.
By providing a summary of incident and lost time figures for the auditor that reflects a successful and trouble-free system on board.
By providing a summary of out-turn figures for the auditor.
By requesting that an audit takes place during cargo operations.
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For guidance on lashing arrangement of containers on-board the vessel, the most important document to refer is:
The Stability Manual.
The Code for the Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing.
The company’s ISM handbook.
The Cargo Securing Manual.
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What spheroidal datum should the GPS receiver be set into, to enable its readout position to be plotted on a paper chart?
Select WGS84 datum, then when plotting, apply any corrections shown on the chart.
Select the same datum that the paper chart has.
Select the European datum as this is similar to the WGS84 datum.
Set the datum of the country or area that the vessel is in.
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What manoeuvre should be carried out in case of a fire onboard a ship?
Keep the stem up against the wind if possible.
Let the ship follow the wind in order to reduce the oxygen supply.
Reduce speed and, if possible, keep the fire zone to the leeward of the ship.
Continue on course and speed.
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When planning the loading containers, the planning officer must refer to:
MARPOL 73/78 Annex IV.
The Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS).
The Cargo Stowage and Security (CSS) Code.
The Cargo Securing Manual (CSM).
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What does the abbreviation STCW stand for?
The International Convention of Ship’s Trading, Chartering and Waybills.
The International Shipowners, Transport and Cargo Work Convention.
Seafarer’s Training and Competence of Watchkeepers.
The International Convention on Standards of Trading, Certification and Watchkeeping of Seafarers.
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Why would a very large container vessel pitch more than a feeder vessel?
Because pitching varies with ship’s length.
Because vessel pitching varies with propeller pitch.
Because container stacks on large container vessels are more exposed to wind forces.
Because very large container vessels are more exposed to open sea conditions.
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The most important function of a buttress fitting on a container vessel is:
To ensure an even distribution of weight throughout the stack.
To maintain a uniform level stow across the tier of containers.
To transfer forces from the container stow to the ships structure.
To avoid excess load places on the tank top.
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To announce an important navigational or meteorological warning via the VHF-installation, one should use the:
Distress call.
Urgency call.
Individual call.
Safety call.
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What do you do after receiving a VHF DSC DISTRESS call?
You set watch on VHF channel 16.
You set watch on channel 13.
You send immediatly a DSC DISTRESS RELAY call.
You send immediatly a DSC DISTRESS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT call.
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Give the meaning of the following symbol:

Special symbol

Survival craft distress pyrotechnic signals.
Line throwing appliance.
Parachute landing area.
Rocket parachute flares.
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Would the indicated ground speed be suitable when berthing a large vessel?

Scheme of large vessel berthing

The indicated speed would be a normal speed approaching a berth.
The speed requirements are decided by the pilot and should not be the concern of the OOW.
The approach speed is way too fast, even for a vessel in ballast.
The approach speed is essential to maintain steerage when coming alongside.
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The most appropriate measure to reduce the build-up of ice on containers during a sea passage is to:
Increase speed, whilst maintaining course.
Have the crew remove the ice.
Heave to and wait for ambient temperature to rise to safe levels.
Reduce speed, whilst maintaining course.
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Which of the following requirements to ships stability for normal operation corresponds to present regulations? (NSCL 4/12.2).

Picture of the ship

The ship is loaded in such a manner that adequate stability is achieved in all loading condition.
In waters with the danger of icing, loading of deck cargo must be approved by competent authority.
Unless otherwise stated in the approved stability calculation, the total weight of the deck cargo shall not exceed 50 metric tons.
Centre of gravity shall be calculated with accuracy better than 5 %.
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Who should inspect the rigging of a pilot ladder and accompany a pilot on deck at embarkation/disembarkation?

Pilot ladder

A responsible Officer.
The Bosun.
An experienced AB.
The Sen. Off. Deck only.
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A container full of scrap metal is being loaded, and you sight water dripping from it. You should:
Reject the container.
Ensure that the container is stowed on deck.
Ensure that the container is stowed below deck.
Load the container and note protest.
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The dangers associated with carriage of empty tank containers is that:
They may contain flammable cargo residue.
They may not be declared as being empty.
They are prone to collapse.
They could explode if their vents are closed.
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A wire antenna of 12 metres in length is probably:
A Sat-C antenna.
An Inmarsat-antenna.
A MF/HF-antenna.
A VHF-antenna.
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What is the period of validity of the Safety Management Certificate:
5 years.
6 months.
2 years.
1 year.
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According to the International Labour Organisation, how often should lifting appliances be re-tested?
5 years.
2 years.
2 1/2 years.
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By FleetNET communication is understood:
A MSI-message destined for ships in specific geographical area.
An EGC-message destined for ships with the same group call number.
An urgent message for all ships in a particular area.
A HF-NDPB-message destined for ships in a certain geographical area.
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When conducting a risk assesment for a shipboard work activity, the two elements to be considered are:
The chance of an incident re-occurring and the potential effects of an loss.
The available of an incident re-occurring and the potential effects of an loss.
The time available to complete the task and the resources to hand.
The potential severity of harm and the likelihood that harm will occur.
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Onboard training should be organised in such a way that:
It does not contravene with the rest hours of the crew and each crew member is trained individually.
It is an integral part of the overall training plan and does not contravene with the rest hours of the crew.
Each crew member is trained individually.
None of the above.
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One particular group of hazardous goods that is highlighted by the IMDG Code as potentially being the most dangerous for carriage is:

Hazardous goods

Organic peroxides.
Toxic substances.
Liquefied gases.
Infectious substances.
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If a ship in the MF-band wants to have a DSC-connection with a coast-station (no “distress alert” or a test alert) the following frequencies are chosen:
TX: 2 177,0 kHz RX: 2 189,5 kHz.
TX: 2 187,5 kHz RX: 2 182 kHz.
TX: 2 189,5 kHz RX: 2 177,0 kHz.
TX: 2 177,0 kHz RX: 2 177,0 kHz.
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The Urgency Message from a ship is used to notify other traffic of a situation where the ship is not in imminent danger, but where the development of the situation is uncertain and may need assistance in the near future. What is the telephony urgency message like?
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The ship is navigating in dense fog where the visibility is less than one mile. The Arpa radar is set on a range 12 miles on a course of 314 degrees and own ship has a vector as shown. What is the vector mode selected on the Arpa?

ARPA radar

Relative vectors, sea stabilised.
Relative vectors.
True vectors.
Relative vectors, ground stabilised.
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On all UMS operated vessels and also on most other vessels the engine room is equipped with fire detectors. What requirements of testing and checking of the detectors are to be observed?

Fire detector

When testing detectors bu suitable equipment (smoke and heat) check that the sensors self controlling system, e. g. a flashing control light etc. is functioning.
Check the detector with heat and/or smoke (in accordance with instructions in its manual).
All the mentioned alternatives.
Check that the actual detector is giving appropriate signals to the central control unit and that all electric connections are in good order.
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After confirmation that there is no other radio-traffic, we call on a VHF working channel of a coast-station. When you don’t get any reply:
You must wait 1 minute minimum before repeating your call.
You must wait 3 minute minimum before repeating your call.
You must wait 5 minutes before repeating the call.
You can repeat your call immediately.
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The portable walkie talkies required to be carried by GMDSS regulations should have which channels as a minimum?
Channels 6, 13 & 16.
Channels 6 & 16.
Channel 16 only.
Channels 13 & 16.
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As a result of being in collision with your vessel, the other vessel involved is on fire? What are your responsibilities to it?
There is no statutory requirement to provide assistance as the actions of that vessel were the primary cause of the collision.
You should continue on with the voyage if your damage is not serious.
Your vessel should manoeuvre close to the order vessel and aid the fire fighting operation.
The other vessel is in distress and if possible I will render assistance.
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With an Inmarsat-C installation there is the addressing-option “special”. Via this option:
You can send a message by express delivery.
Give one of Inmarsat’s “special access codes”.
You can deliver a message via a special telegram.
You can plan a message to be delivered at a special time.
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The most effective method of dealing with an under-deck cargo space fire on board a container ship, is to:
Deploy the fixed firefighting system.
Turn the vessel off the wind to reduce the relative wind strength.
Tackle the fire locally with fire hoses.
Boundary cool the cargo hold from the deck.
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What is the purpose of the ODME (Oil Discharge Monitoring Equipment) printer?
To prove fault conditions in the ODME.
To prove that the ODME system has been used.
To prove that oil has been pumped overboard according to regulations.
None of the mentioned.
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What possible reason could there be for the identification mark associated with a Racon not being visible on the radar screen?
The transmitted radar frequency may not trigger the Racon transmitter.
The radar may be suppressing the mark with application of the Interference Rejection control.
The racon may not be transmitting a pulse.
All of the suggested answers.
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What is the disadvantage of using High Tensile Steel (HTS) in ship construction?
Enhanced vibration in HTS areas.
Low elasticity.
Diminished cargo carrying capacity.
Failure without warning.
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Which information should be included in your search plan?
Known hiding spots to be searched.
Areas to be searched and personnel to be involved in the search.
Personnel to be involved in the search.
Areas to be searched.
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If a tank container of liquid ammonia is engulfed in fire, it is recommended:
To restrict ventilation.
To allow ventilation.
Not to use water to cool the container.
Not to use dry chemical to extinguish the fire.
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What colour flare is used to signal a safe landing place for small boats?

Flare signal

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How many square metres does the IAMSAR Volume 3 manual suggest may be calmed by releasing 200 litres of lubricating oil slowly through a rubber hose with the outlet maintained just above the surface while the ship proceeds at slow speed?

Barrel with liquid

Approx 500 square metres.
Approx 50 000 square metres.
Approx 5 000 square metres.
Approx 50 square metres.
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What device can be used by a tug to get a line aboard a disabled vessel in bad weather, when it is dangerous for the tug to get too close?

Vessel in storm

A cannon line.
A heaving line.
A missile line.
A rocket line.
I don’t know.
According to Rule 35 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions what sound signal is made by a vessel not under command when in or near an area of restricted visibility?
One prolonged blast, followed by two short blasts, at intervals of not more that 2 minutes.
One prolonged blast, followed by two short blasts, at intervals of not more that 1 minute.
One prolonged blast at intervals at not more than 2 minutes.
Two prolonged blasts, followed by one short blast, at intervals of not more than 2 minutes.
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On area A4 the function “Transmission and reception of on scene communications” is mainly based on:
The use of SARSAT COSPAS Epirb.
The use of HF DSC.
The use of HF/MF and/or VHF R/FT.
The use of MF and/or HF R/T.
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What immediate action should be taken if a ship unexpectedly runs aground and stops?
Sound the General Alarm.
Hoist two black balls.
Ring full astern.
Stop engine(s).
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Which of the following information shall be specified by the muster list?
Action to be taken by crew and passengers.
The muster list has been prepared and approved by the administration before the ship proceeds to sea.
The abandon ship signal consisting of two long blasts.
The specific duties assigned to passengers that are in charge of a group of others.
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The steps of the embarkation ladder used must be spaced apart by a distance of:

Embarkation ladder - sign

300 mm.
Equally spaced, not less than 200 mm or more than 280 mm.
200 mm.
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Equally spaced and not less than 300 mm or more than 380 mm.
During a loaded winter passage across the North Atlantic, the master of a container vessel would be most concerned with:
Temperature differential between air and seawater, leading to shell plating damage.
The presence of icebergs leading to hazard of navigation.
High wind and waves leading to speed reduction and high fuel consumption.
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The added weight of icing on container stacks, leading to loss of GM.
Containerised scrap metal fire is best extinguished by:
Allowing cargo to smoulder.
Cooling with freshwater.
Dousing with seawater.
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What is the result of a “high metacentric height”?
The vessel’s tweendeck heights is too high?
The vessel will roll slowly or be unstable?
The vessel will have a great bending moment?
The vessel will roll violently?
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Non distress calls on 2 182 kHz and VHF channel 16 should not exceed?
5 minutes.
3 minutes.
2 minutes.
I don’t know.
1 minute.
At sea red rocket signals are seen. This is not reported by radio. You have to begin the distress alert procedure via VHF with the term:
Distress alert.
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Who is responsible for the vessel’s radio station and mandatory radio routines?
The radio officer.
Statutory authorities.
The master.
The owners.
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The accuracy of an Inmarsat-E positioning-system is:
200 meters.
20 meters.
5 miles.
20 miles.
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Which ships does the ISM code apply to:
Only passenger vessels.
All passenger ships, all cargo ships of 500 GRT or above.
Only tankers and Ro-ros.
All craft above 300 GRT.
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Under most circumstances, how will communication be carried out between a ship and a SAR helicopter?
On 121,5 MHz.
On VHF Ch 16.
On VHF Ch 70.
On 410 KHz.
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The prescribed test of an approved portable VHF radio set (portophone) must be done once a:
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What factors cause a vessel to squat when it is moving through water?

Picture with vessel

There is an increased effect of gravity due to closeness of the sea-bed.
There is a positive pressure field created ahead of the vessel and a negative one astern.
There is a decrease in the water velocity and an increase of water pressure around the vessel’s hull.
There is an increase in the water velocity and a decrease of water pressure around certain parts of the vessel’s hull.
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On a container vessel, flexitanks are used for:
The carriage of hazardous liquids, in bulk.
The carriage of liquid cargoes of a particular specific gravity.
The carriage of liquid cargoes that do not have a Proper Shipping Name.
The carriage of non-hazardous liquids, in bulk.
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