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This page contains answers to Seagull CES test about Passage Planning, 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.

CBT CD 0026 – Voyage Planning.pdf


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Can RNC charts be used for voyage planning?
Yes, when used in conjunction with paper charts.
Yes, when being used in the ECDIS mode.
Yes, when the equipment is approved by the flag state.
Can the Officer of the watch be the sole lookout?
Only during daylights hours, when visibility is good and traffic etc. make it safe to do so.
Only during periods of good visibility.
Always during daylight hours.
Can voyage planning be executed on an ECDIS only?
Yes, only when equipment complies and is operated as approved by the Flag State.
Yes, only if approved and operating as specified by the ship owner.
Yes, only when the ECDIS uses UK Admiralty Raster Charts.
Do most piracy attacks take place in territorial or international waters?
Most attacks take place in territorial waters.
Number of attacks are approximately 50/50 % in international and territorial waters.
The most serious attacks take place in international waters.
Most attacks take place in international waters.
How can a ship be kept “head up” into the weather, with the rudder jammed in hard over position?
Careful ahead manoeuvring of the main engine.
By applying astern power.
By applying emergency full astern power.
Not possible.
How can you reduce ship’s downwind progress in deep water when the main engine is incapacitated?
By effectively steering the vessel.
By lowering the anchor to about 4 shackles.
By lowering the anchor to the water surface.
Not possible.
How should effective bridge communications be conducted?
All messages should be in the language of the majority of the bridge team.
In clear and precise messages delivered in standard Maritime English.
Any instructions should be in the native language of the pilot.
Responses to any orders are sufficient indication of understanding.
If the Officer of the watch must deviate from the voyage plan, he should:
Make an appropriate note in the log book and no further action.
Inform the Master.
Check the new plan is safe and no further action.
No special action is necessary.
In coastal waters GPS positions should be checked by:
Visual observations only.
Radar observation only.
Visual bearings of Buoys and sea marks only.
By visual, radar and any other available means.
In which geographical waters are piracy attacks most frequent?
Brazilian waters.
Open sea.
Malaysian waters.
Indonesian waters.
Ship to ship communication during SAR should be executed by:
VHF and MF.
VHF only.
MF only.
Satellite only.
Should all on-board activities be planned and any risks assessed?
Yes, always.
Not always necessary.
Only the important ones.
When it is obvious there may be dangerous circumstances.
Voyage planning consists of how many main stages?
4 (Appraisal; Planning; Execution and Monitoring).
3 (Planning; Execution and Monitoring).
2 (Planning and Monitoring).
1 (Planning).
What are the main purposes of VTS?
To provide detailed navigational and safety information for ships in the area.
To evaluate ships using the port or coastal region.
To provide only local knowledge and instructions for all ships in the area.
To provide only tidal and weather information for ships, participating in VTS.
What can good voyage planning provide?
A reduction of stress, improved voyage efficiency and additional safety.
Sufficient information at hand without reference to chart and publications.
Reduction of involvement in everyday navigational activities by the Master.
A safe passage throughout the voyage.
What documentation and charts should be used for a voyage?
Only up-to-date charts and publications fully corrected.
British Admiralty charts and documents.
Flag state documents and charts.
Only charts using WGS84 datum and appropriate publications.
What is an effective way to continually monitor coastal progress within the voyage plan?
By Parallel Indexing on the radar.
By GPS positions.
By visual bearings.
By use of transit bearings.
What is important to check when transferring a position from GPS to a chart?
Make sure, that the chart and the GPS use the same datum or make any necessary corrections to the GPS readout.
Reading the position correctly before plotting on the chart.
Plotting the position carefully using the GPS readout.
Make sure the chart has updated corrections, before plotting the GPS readout.
What is the accepted international definition of Piracy?
An illegal act committed on the high seas.
The act of boarding a vessel by unwanted persons.
The act of removing items from a ship at sea by persons using force.
The interference of a voyage by unwanted persons on the high seas.
What is the fundamental purpose of Voyage Planning?
To comply with STCW95 requirements.
To comply with statutory requirements.
To provide general information about the intended voyage.
To provide adequate preparation and support to the bridge team for the intended voyage.
What is the shortest distance between two points?
Straight line on Mercator chart.
Composite great circle.
Rhumb line.
Great circle.
What items should be checked when approaching the destination port after a long sea passage?
Mooring equipment.
Hand steering and engine manoeuvring effectiveness only.
Astern movement on engines only.
All navigational, propulsion, communication and mooring equipment.
What should a shipping or management company provide for the bridge team to successfully complete the voyage?
Complete authority to the master to allow him/her to establish correct bridge procedures.
A copy of the STCW code of practice.
A complete management procedures guide.
Clearly defined bridge procedures for planning and execution of voyage plan.
What unexpected weather occurrence should always affect the existing voyage plan?
A severe temperature change.
An anticyclone.
A frontal depression.
When should operational checks on navigation equipment be done?
Regularly, and when preparing for sea and entering port.
No set times, just as often as possible.
When errors are indicated.
When time allows.
When should parallel indexing be used on the passage?
Whenever there are suitable headlands or marks to provide referencing.
When navigating on the coast only.
When navigating in a river or port entrance only.
When should the Officer of the Watch be able to hand over the watch to his relief?
When the relief understands the present situation, is fully capable and all existing manoeuvres have been completed.
As soon as the relief arrives on the bridge.
When the OOW is satisfied, his relief is understanding the situation.
When the relief is aware of present situation, and has gained his/her night vision.
When should voyage planning be completed?
Prior to sailing.
During the sailing.
Before the pilot leaves at the departure port.
During the voyage.
When steering by autopilot at sea, how often should manual steering be checked?
No checking is necessary.
Every day, when time allows.
Every day.
At least once a watch.
When the pilot is on board, is he/she in charge of the vessel?
The harbour authority is responsible for the vessel.
The OOW is fully responsible.
The pilot takes over the responsibility of the vessel.
The Master is still responsible, but the pilot aids the navigation with local knowledge.
Which of the following items would NOT be included in the Radio Log Book?
Problems of interference.
Ships position.
Summary of communications, regarding distress and urgency.
Reception of weather forecasts.
Which of the following items would probably NOT be included in the Passage Plan?
Distance along each course line (leg).
Tidal flow currents.
Wheel over positions.
Occurrence of a TRS.
Who is ultimately responsible for the voyage plan?
The Officer of the Watch.
The navigation officer.
The person delegated to do the planning.
The Master.

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