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Welcome to the website where you can find answers for the CES test on the subject «Deck Operational General Cargo Vessel». 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.

  • Version: 5.0, 5.1.
  • Test type: STCW.
  • Department: Deck.
  • Level: Operational.
  • Vessel type: General Cargo.

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 Operational General Cargo Vessel» 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 operations on a general cargo vessel encompass a range of responsibilities associated with the secure and efficient handling of cargo. The deck crew is tasked with organizing the loading and unloading processes, ensuring the appropriate arrangement and fastening of cargo, and maintaining precise records of all cargo-related activities. Safety protocols must be strictly followed, and effective coordination with other onboard staff members is crucial. Moreover, the deck crew also communicates with individuals onshore to facilitate seamless cargo operations.

This page contains answers to Seagull CES (Crew Evaluation System) test about Deck Operational General Cargo Vessel, 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: TRQA When keeping a lookout, what would be the correct understanding of the question “What is the aspect of the other ship”?
The question is requesting some indication of the direction the other ship is heading.
The question is requesting some idea of how far away the other ship is from your own ship.
The question is requesting where on the horizon the other ship was sighted.
The question wants to know what type of ship has been sighted.
Code: TJRF On a General Cargo ship, when can dunnage from a previous cargo be used again for cargo?
Dunnage can be used many times regardless of condition.
Only when clean and Chief Officer has approved use.
Used dunnage must never be used again for cargo.
Dunnage can only be used again if sterilized.
Code: NECK On the figure there are four (4) possible directions shown by the arrowed lines. Which one would correctly shows the direction understood by the term “AFTER SPRING”?

Scheme of the vessel

After spring is defined as B.
After spring is defined as C.
After spring is defined as D.
After spring is defined as A.
Code: XHJI In the diagram, which arrow is pointing at the position known as the “Bridge”?

Position of the bridge

The Bridge is indicated by A.
The Bridge is indicated by B.
The Bridge is indicated by C.
The Bridge is indicated by D.
Code: DTIP Which is the “CAPSTAN”, in the figure?

Position of the capstan

The Capstan is indicated by A.
The Capstan is indicated by B.
The Capstan is indicated by C.
The Capstan is indicated by D.
Code: AXYU On the figure there are four (4) possible definitions of the term “AIR DRAUGHT” given. Which one is the correct one?

Scheme of the ship

Air draught is indicated by D.
Air draught is indicated by B.
Air draught is indicated by C.
Air draught is indicated by A.
Code: JQFQ When could there be a demonstration of how to start a lifeboat engine?
A demonstration could be arranged during a lifeboat drill.
There is an instruction card inside the lifeboat showing how to start the engine.
A demonstration is not necessary, because there are a limited number of persons who given the responsibility for starting the lifeboat engine.
Starting the lifeboat engine is very easy and there does not need to be any demonstration.
Code: OWGN “Overshoot” is an expression related to a ship’s steering ability. What is the correct understanding of this expression?
It is how many degrees of the compass a ship continues to turn after applying counter-rudder.
It is the way a ship turns when putting the helm in a hard over position.
It is the amount a ship moves forward after the engines are stopped.
It is the way a ship continues to turn when the helm is pup amidships.
Code: DCLC What is the correct understanding of the term “gangway”?
Portable bridge arrangement between ship and shore, when alongside.
The ladder arrangement to allow walking access down the ship’s side into a boat alongside the vessel.
The access arrangements on an oil tanker between the bow and the after accommodation.
I don’t know.
Code: JAFM What is the correct understanding of the term “FAIRLEAD”?
The access point where mooring lines are lead when making fast to the shore.
A fairlead is the hole through the deck where the anchor chain passes into the chain locker.
A fairlead is the direction that a mooring rope makes from the ship when made fast to the shore.
I don’t know.
Code: YXWW When acting as helmsman would you expect the reading of the gyro compass to be the same as the magnetic compass?
Very seldom would they be the same.
They would never be the same.
They would always be within 1 or 2° of each other.
They would always be the same.
Code: GKPM On a fire patrol at night you see smoke coming from a closed cabin door. What action should you take first?
Activate the nearest fire alarm button and advise bridge of the location of the fire.
Take a look inside the cabin to see what the situation is.
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: FLMJ If circumstances permit, how should low expansion foam be applied to oil burning near a bulkhead of the engine room?
The foam should be aimed at the bulkhead behind the fire and allowed to spread out slowly over the fire.
The applicator should be used in a sweeping motion to spread the foam over the surface.
The foam should be applied to the centre of the fire.
The foam should be aimed at about 45° upwards so that it can drop onto the fire.
Code: OSDQ Who is authorised to operate lifting equipment around the ship?
Those ship’s personnel who have been assessed as competent and are duly authorised to do so by the master as per the procedures as outlined in the ship’s SMS system.
Deck officers and ratings, engineering officers and ratings, GP crew if applicable, who are in possession of crane operation training certificates issued by the company.
Stevedores manufacturer’s maintenance engineers and senior ratings only.
All the deck officers and ratings and selected engine-room personnel.
Code: QYUD What kind of safety clothing should be worn during a mooring operation?
Helmet, safety shoes, gloves and protective clothes.
Gloves and helmet.
Safety shoes and boiler suit.
No particular safety clothes are required.
Code: LIDV In the figure, which arrow indicates the direction “ASTERN”?

Scheme - astern

Astern is indicated by D.
Astern is indicated by B.
Astern is indicated by A.
Astern is indicated by C.
Code: FNCM What is understood by the term “Boat Drill”?
“Boat Drill” means the practical training in the various aspects of getting all the people onboard safely off the ship, in the event of abandoning ship.
“Boat Drill” is an exercise to launch the lifeboats and move the boats clear of the ship.
“Boat Drill” is an exercise in the practical and safe methods to secure a boat alongside the ship.
I don’t know.
Code: MQIM The diagram shows the lead of a rope during mooring operations and the possible point where it may break. Where would be considered the safest place to be standing?
Between the “point of break” and the “point of restraint”.
Outside the coloured zone.
Inside the coloured zone and behind the “point of restraint”.
I don’t know.
Code: MIWH What is the correct lifting technique?
Legs straight, back bent, using back muscles to lift.
Legs bent, back bent, using both back and leg muscles to lift.
Legs bent, back straight, using leg muscles to lift.
Legs straight, back bent and twisted to the right or to the left while lifting.
Code: BSHD A class “D” fire involves what type of material?
Gases.
Liquids.
Metals.
Wood or other carbonaceous material.
Code: DKQF Anyone of the crew who is assigned to watch duties in port has a number of important tasks to carry out. Which one of the listed tasks should be included in the watchman’s duties?
Check the number of persons joining and leaving the vessel.
Check the safe and secure handling of cargo.
Check there is always a shore watchman on the jetty.
Check the moorings for correct tightness and ensure the gangway remains safe and secure.
Code: AIGK What is the main responsibility of a bridge lookout at night?
Inform bridge of changing weather patterns.
Inform the bridge of any new lights when they appear over the horizon or any other items observed which may affect the ship.
Inform bridge of any lights when they appear over the horizon.
Inform bridge of any other ships observed, which appear to be getting closer to your own ship.
Code: IIES How will you act if you are helmsman and the OOW (officer on watch) gives you the order: “Nothing to port”?
Let the ship turn to starboard.
Alter course to starboard.
Don’t let the ship turn to port.
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”:
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.
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.
Code: JKRE How should you, as helmsman, give feedback to the OOW (officer on watch) that his orders are understood?
By saying “OK”.
By saying “Yes, Sir”.
By repeating the order.
You don’t have to give any feedback.
Code: JKRE Is the act of piracy at sea an increasing or decreasing problem?
Piracy is increasing.
Piracy is decreasing.
Piracy has remained constant for the last 50 years.
Piracy is not a problem.
Code: UCDU The extinguishing agent which can be applied on any fires of class A, B or C is:
CO2.
Multipurpose powder.
Sprayed water.
Halon.
Code: BRKU In order to extinguish a flammable liquid of the same kind as alcohol, we can use:
Anti-alcohol foam.
Sprayed water.
Water.
Water and foam.
Code: LIFP Give the meaning of the following symbol:

Symbol - flame detector

Flame detector.
Locker with protective clothing.
Powder handgun.
Emergency station.
Code: ICWU Give the meaning of the following symbol:

Symbol - remote fire pumps

Remote controlled fire pumps.
Foam release station.
Powder handgun.
Hose box.
Code: QMYC In which way shall a survivor be hauled out of the sea?
Horizontal.
Vertical.
In 45° angle.
None of the above.
Code: QNVP How many thermal protective aids are carried in each liferaft?
10 % of the number of persons the liferaft is designed to carry, or two, whichever is more.
3.
4.
Nil.
Code: UDLC Which part of the fresh water quantity provided for each person the liferaft is permitted to accommodate may be replaced by a de-salting apparatus?
0,5 l if the de-salting apparatus is capable of producing this quantity in 2 days.
0,5 l if the de-salting apparatus is capable of producing this quantity in 1 day.
0,25 l if the de-salting apparatus is capable of producing this quantity in 2 days.
0,25 l if the de-salting apparatus is capable of producing this quantity in 1 day.
Code: SJKT When mustered to an abandon ship drill, what is the first thing you do when entering the muster station?
Pick up a life jacket.
Wait for orders.
Report your presence.
Wait for the order to put on your life jacket.
Code: LJWW The responsibility for safety and security rests with everybody on board the vessel. General house-keeping rules should be followed. Which of the listed rules is the most important?
Do not use loose garments, belts, ties or scarfs near winches and moving machinery.
Always use gloves when using grinding machines.
Always use protective working shoes when working outdoors.
Always use gloves when handling nylon ropes.
Code: BONM What shall a rescue person use if he has to jump into the water in order to assist a survivor?
Survival suit and lifeline.
Lifejacket.
Lifeline.
Survival suit.
Code: MSVK A lifejacket should be provided with:
A whistle and a light.
A light.
A whistle.
On ships built after February 1992 all lifejackets should be fitted with a light.
Code: FTEC Identify this symbol:

Symbol - emergency generator

Emergency generator.
Inertgas installation.
Escape gate.
Fire glass door.
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?
Raise the fire alarm.
Check all nearby compartments for survivors.
Try to kill the fire immediately by use of fire-extinguishers or other adequate appliances.
Call the officer on duty.
Code: NMTT What is an IED?
A homemade bomb.
An explosive.
A type of gun.
An incendiary device.
Code: IHKR Which of these are indicators that an individual may be a drug smuggler?
The individual wears bulky or out of season clothing.
The individual is disinterested in the ship’s cargo.
The individual spends his or her free time hanging out with others.
The individual makes small local purchases.
Code: BITS On a General Cargo vessel, how should steel coils be stowed?
With their cores aligned vertically.
With their cores aligned alternately fore and aft and athwartships.
With their cores aligned athwartships.
With their cores aligned fore and aft.
Code: NFHA How should steel wire rod coils be stowed on a General Cargo ship?
With their cores aligned vertically.
With their cores aligned athwartships.
With their cores aligned alternately fore and aft and athwartships.
With their cores aligned fore and aft.
Code: UYAU What prevents hatch cover panels from lifting in a seaway on a General Cargo vessel?
The hatch compression bars.
The hatch cover hydraulic system.
The hatch cleats.
I don’t know.
Code: TMAC What is the correct sequence of washing a cargo hold of a General Cargo ship?
Freshwater wash, saltwater rinse, dry, sweep.
Sweep, saltwater wash, freshwater rinse, dry.
Sweep, freshwater wash, saltwater rinse, dry.
Saltwater wash, freshwater rinse, dry, sweep.
Code: VVFV With regard to fire hose boxes and/or fire hydrants, what must be ensured upon completion of cargo loading operations on a General Cargo vessel?
Fire hose boxes must be lashed so as to prevent accidental opening.
Fire hose boxes must be accessible at all times.
Fire hose boxes and fire hydrants must be accessible at all times.
Fire hydrants must be accessible at all times.
Code: JLFY What is important when checking cargo lashings on a General Cargo Vessel?
The number and extent of lashings.
The strength of lashing materials.
The tightness of all lashings.
The type of lashing materials.
Code: AKRL When lashing general cargoes why are short lashings preferred to long ones?
Because long lashings are more prone to vibration.
Because the safe working load of lashing materials decrease with length.
Because some of the ship’s lashing points may not be designed to hold long lashings.
Because they are more easily tightened and held in tension.
Code: ASVH What precaution must be taken when painting on deck during cargo operations on a General Cargo Vessel?
A spray gun not be used.
Cargo hold fan inlets near paint areas must be closed.
There must be an established means of communication between crew members and the bosun.
There must be an established means of communication between crew members and the duty officers.
Code: KIGP Where are cargo residues usually concealed on a General Cargo Vessel?
In the bilges.
In the upper sections of the ship’s frames.
In recesses below manhole covers.
In bulkhead corrugations.
Code: KAUJ Under international regulations where must entries be made with regard to the disposal of cargo residues into the sea from a General Cargo Vessel?
In the Official log book.
In the Cargo record book.
In the Deck log book.
In the Garbage record book.
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).
Hoist the load.
Danger, or emergency stop.
Star, or attention.
Lift the jib.
Code: QSAU What is “DRAUGHT” in the figure?

Scheme - vessel

Draught is A in the figure.
Draught is B in the figure.
Draught is C in the figure.
Draught is D in the figure.
Code: CRSK What does the word “pirates” mean?
Pirates are official people who board the ship while in port.
Pirates are another word for helmsmen.
Pirates are persons who attempt to board and take over a ship at sea.
Pirates are special cargo lashings on container ships.
Code: YQTG What would you do if you saw a person falling overboard?
If I saw a person falling overboard I would inform the Bosun.
If I saw a person falling overboard I would run to the Bridge.
If I saw a person falling overboard I would shout once, “Man overboard”.
If I saw a person falling overboard I would shout repeatedly, “Man overboard”.
Code: OVFY What do you understand by: Bitter end?
Bitter end means: the lifeboat toggled end of a lifeboat painter.
Bitter end means: the end link of an anchor cable that is secured within the chain locker.
Bitter end means: to the very last moment.
Bitter end means: a foul taste at the end of a meal.
Code: IMXO In the human body, breathing is controlled by:
The bronchia.
The respiratory centre in the brain.
The lungs.
Movement of heart.
Code: CNMN The bones in the human body are connected to each other by:
Muscles.
Different type of joints.
Fibrous tissues.
Tendons.
Code: XATB During cargo or bunker operations, oil response equipment is to be:
In the cargo pump room.
Ready for immediate use.
In its store room.
Used elsewhere in the ship.
Code: JLSA The emergency oil pollution equipment locker must be:
A store room close to the pump room.
Prominently marked and easily accessible.
A store room in the forward part of the ship.
Just off the main engine room.
Code: LAYJ What will you do when all the fresh water in the survival craft is finished or about to finish?
Drink sea water.
Start collecting rain water.
Use sea water to keep your body wet.
Drink only 1 liter of sea water per day.
Code: PJOF Select the three main checks that must be made to ensure that a hold of a General Cargo Vessel is fully weathertight before sailing?
Hatch cover fully secured, hold access battened down and ballast tanks checked dry.
Hatch ventilators closed, cranes secured and bilges pumped out.
Hatch cover fully secured, hold access battened down and bilge sounding pipe caps on.
Hatch cover fully secured, ballast tank ventilators closed down and ballast tank sounding pipe caps on.
Code: PUNQ When preparing cargo cranes for operation on a General Cargo ship using shore personnel, what are three of the most important checks to be made?
Limit switches are not in use, wires are clean and emergency stop is isolated.
Check that cab is clean, air conditioning is on and windows clean.
Check that winches, brakes and emergency stops are working correctly.
Crane wire is greased, windows clean and cab heater on.
Code: DVML On a General Cargo ship, what must completed before a cargo hoist wire is replaced on a deck crane?
Permit received from Port Authorities.
Check list completed and work plan agreed.
A full risk assessment carried out and a permit to work issued.
Risk assessment would not be required for this type of work.
Code: QLYC What must be done before dock workers and stevedores are allowed on board a General Cargo vessel?
Only no smoking rule to be enforced.
Security checks are the responsibility of stevedores.
Identification and passes must checked and number of persons on board recorded.
Number of persons on board noted.



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