USCG General Deck: Master's License

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10: You are scheduled to load a bulk shipment of steel turnings. Which statement is TRUE?


21: The American Consul has asked the Master of a vessel bound for a port in the U.S. to transport a destitute seaman back to the U.S. Which action may the Master take?


31: An embarked Pilot __________.


55: You are in charge of a U.S. documented vessel. Under title 46 of the United States Code, if you fail to report a complaint of a sexual offense, you may be __________.

    N a. held personally liable by the victim and sued
    N b. criminally charged and jailed
    Y c. civilly charged and fined
    N d. All of the above are correct.

71: You are the licensed Master of a 199 GT uninspected towing vessel making a 500 mile coastwise trip. You carry a deck crew of six (6). Which statement is TRUE?

    N a. There must be 3 separate watches stood.
    N b. There must be at least 5 able seamen among the deck crew.
    N c. Only the able seamen require Merchant Mariner's Documents.
    Y d. None of the above

109: What is meant by "thieving" a petroleum cargo?

    N a. Adjusting the cargo figures to coincide with the draft
    Y b. Determining the amount of water (if any) in each cargo tank
    N c. Reducing the gross cargo calculations to net amounts
    N d. Siphoning off a few barrels of petroleum for shipboard use

123: When patching holes in the hull, pillows, bedding, and other soft materials can be used as __________.

    N a. shores
    Y b. gaskets
    N c. strongbacks
    N d. wedges

257: The distance between the surface of the liquid and the tank top in a cargo tank is called __________.

    N a. thievage
    N b. innage
    Y c. ullage
    N d. tankage

305: What is considered a Serious Marine Incident?

    N a. an allision that results in $500 damage to a boat dock
    Y b. an injury to a crewmember, passenger, or other person which requires professional medical treatment beyond first aid
    N c. grounding of a vessel on a sandbar that does not result in injuries and/or any damage to the vessel
    N d. None of the above

314: "Avast" means __________.

    N a. let go
    N b. pull
    N c. slack off
    Y d. stop

466: A twin screw vessel, making headway with both engines turning ahead, will turn more readily to starboard if you __________.

    N a. reverse port engine, apply right rudder
    N b. reverse port engine, rudder amidships
    Y c. reverse starboard engine, apply right rudder
    N d. reverse starboard engine, rudder amidships

535: In illustration D044DG, the mooring line labeled "G" is called a(n) __________. (DO44DG )

    N a. offshore bow line
    Y b. inshore bow line
    N c. forward breast line
    N d. forward spring line

604: The term "lee side" refers to the __________.

    N a. side of the vessel exposed to the wind
    Y b. side of the vessel sheltered from the wind
    N c. port side
    N d. starboard side

690: A rescue helicopter's hoist area should have a radius of at least __________.

    N a. 6 feet of clear deck
    N b. 10 feet of clear deck
    N c. 25 feet of clear deck
    Y d. 50 feet of clear deck

721: The mooring line labeled "F" is called a __________. (DO44DG )

    N a. bow line
    N b. forward spring line
    Y c. breast line
    N d. None of the above

744: When using natural-fiber rope, you should NEVER __________.

    N a. dry the line before stowing it
    N b. reverse turns on winches periodically to keep out kinks
    Y c. try to lubricate the line
    N d. use chafing gear

776: In most cases, when a large merchant vessel enters shallow water at high speed the __________.

    N a. maneuverability will increase
    N b. speed will increase
    Y c. bow will squat farther than the stern
    N d. vessel will rise slightly, on a level plane

781: The trim and stability booklet must be approved by the __________.

    N a. International Maritime Organization
    N b. National Cargo Bureau
    N c. Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
    Y d. United States Coast Guard

784: Marline is __________.

    N a. four-stranded sisal line
    N b. three-stranded cotton line
    N c. sail twine
    Y d. two-stranded hemp cord

787: While assigned to a 120 GRT vessel, you are required to sign "foreign" articles on a voyage from New York City to which port?

    N a. Halifax, Canada
    Y b. Long Beach, California
    N c. Veracruz, Mexico
    N d. Saint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles

844: Using a safety factor of five, determine the safe working load of a line with a breaking strain of 20,000 pounds.

    Y a. 4,000
    N b. 5,000
    N c. 20,000
    N d. 100,000

846: A vessel proceeding along the bank of a river or channel has the tendency to __________.

    N a. continue in line with the bank
    N b. hug the bank
    Y c. sheer away from the bank
    N d. increase speed

879: Centrifugal pumps have what advantage(s) over reciprocating pumps?

    N a. They are less expensive.
    N b. They are smaller for equivalent pumping ability.
    N c. They pump more cargo in less time.
    Y d. All of the above

1089: The system of valves and cargo lines in the bottom piping network of a tank vessel that connects one section of cargo tanks to another section is called a __________.

    Y a. crossover
    N b. runaround
    N c. come-along
    N d. manifold

1149: You are on anchor watch. As an aid to preventing thievery on the vessel you should __________.

    N a. show running lights, anchor lights and deck lights
    N b. only show the required anchor lights and keep the rest of the vessel darkened
    N c. maintain water on deck with firehoses led out and all-purpose nozzles attached
    Y d. show anchor lights, deck lights and cargo lights hung over the vessel's side

1155: In the context of shiphandling, what would be the definition of shallow water?

    Y a. Water depth of less than twice a vessel's draft
    N b. Water depth of less than 1 times a vessel's draft
    N c. Under keel clearance of twice a vessel's draft
    N d. Under keel clearance of less than 10 feet

1169: Static electricity may be built up by the __________.

    N a. spraying or splashing of petroleum
    N b. settling of solids or water in petroleum
    N c. flow of petroleum through pipes
    Y d. All of the above

1244: Nylon line is NOT suitable for __________.

    N a. towing
    Y b. lashings
    N c. stoppers
    N d. mooring lines

1406: How many fathoms are in a shot of anchor cable?

    N a. 6
    Y b. 15
    N c. 20
    N d. 30

1484: A metal eye spliced into a wire is called a __________.

    N a. cyclops
    N b. fish eye
    Y c. thimble
    N d. chip

1527: A 30,000 DWT tankship is required to have an IOPP certificate when __________.

    N a. engaged in the coastwise trade
    N b. going foreign
    Y c. calling at ports in another country signatory to MARPOL 73/78
    N d. carrying cargoes listed in the MARPOL regulations

1640: The garboard strake is the __________.

    N a. raised flange at the main deck edge
    N b. riveted crack arrester strap on all-welded ships
    N c. riveting pattern most commonly used in ship construction
    Y d. row of plating nearest the keel

1762: What is the perimeter of a circle with a radius of 2.5 feet?

    N a. 7.86 ft
    Y b. 15.71 ft
    N c. 19.63 ft
    N d. 22.71 ft

1771: The agency which assigns load lines and issues Load Line Certificates is the __________.

    Y a. American Bureau of Shipping
    N b. Secretary of Commerce
    N c. U.S. Customs
    N d. U.S. Coast Guard

1950: You are proceeding to a distress site and expect large numbers of people in the water. Which statement is TRUE?

    N a. You should stop to windward of the survivors in the water and only use the ship's boats to recover the survivors.
    N b. If the survivors are in inflatable rafts you should approach from windward to create a lee for the survivors.
    Y c. An inflatable liferaft secured alongside can be an effective boarding station for transfer of survivors from the boats.
    N d. Survivors in the water should never be permitted alongside due to the possibility of injury from the vessel.

2064: While underway in thick fog you are on watch and hear the cry "man overboard". Which type of maneuver should you make?

    N a. figure eight turn
    N b. Round turn
    N c. Racetrack turn
    Y d. Williamson turn

2145: The fo'c'sle card __________.

    N a. is posted in the crews quarters and lists the emergency stations
    Y b. advises the crew of the conditions of employment
    N c. is also known as a Merchant Mariner's Document
    N d. designates the quarters a seaman will occupy during a voyage

2174: A vessel puts into the port of Kobe, Japan to discharge cargo. While awaiting completion of the cargo operation, the vessel contracts with a local shipyard to have the hull chipped, scaled, and painted. How is the cost of this maintenance handled with the Collector of Customs?

    Y a. A declaration is required and duty is involved on the total cost.
    N b. No declaration is required since this is considered routine maintenance.
    N c. A declaration is made and duty is charged on the materials only.
    N d. A declaration is made, but duty is charged on the labor only.

2188: The forecastle card is a(n) __________.

    N a. quarters allocation
    N b. Muster List ("Station Bill")
    N c. unlicensed shipping card from the union
    Y d. copy of the shipping agreement

2258: The knot lettered L in illustration DO30DG is a __________. (DO30DG )

    N a. square knot
    Y b. double blackwall hitch
    N c. fisherman's bend
    N d. timber hitch

2574: You are proceeding down a channel and lose the engine(s). You must use the anchors to stop the ship. Which statement is true?

    N a. Pay out all of the cable before setting up on the brake to insure the anchors dig in and hold.
    N b. For a mud, mud and clay, or sandy bottom pay out a scope of 5 to 7 times the depth before setting up on the brake.
    Y c. Use one or both anchors with a scope of twice the depth before setting the brake.
    N d. Drop the anchor to short stay and hold that scope.

2592: The internal volume of a cargo hold measured from the inside faces of the cargo battens, the lower side of the deck beams, and the top of the tank top ceiling is known as the __________.

    N a. gross tonnage
    N b. deadweight space
    Y c. bale cubic
    N d. stowage area

2791: What is the period of validity of a Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate?

    N a. 72 months
    Y b. 60 months
    N c. 48 months
    N d. 42 months

2860: How are riveted lap joints made watertight?

    N a. The faying surfaces are coated with white lead (or similar product) before the rivets are set.
    N b. A sealing weld bead of 1/8" or less pitch is run along the plate edge.
    Y c. The plate edge is split close to an adjacent plate and mechanically forced into contact with the adjacent plate.
    N d. A properly riveted joint will be watertight; any leakage is stopped by setting up on the rivets.

3036: Which statement about ships operating in ice is FALSE?

    N a. Light and partly loaded ships should be ballasted as deeply as possible.
    Y b. In brash-filled channels, operating with a shallow draft forward is most effective.
    N c. Traditionally, operating ships light in the ice has been effective in the spring.
    N d. Good searchlights should be available in the event of night navigation with or without icebreaker escort.

3068: While loading a cargo of grain, your vessel develops a list to starboard. This will be corrected by __________.

    N a. the compensating tanks on the high side
    Y b. the list man changing the discharge location of the chutes
    N c. allowing the grain to level itself as the hold fills to the spar deck level
    N d. trimming the final loading cone by hand

3132: What may prevent a tug from tripping or capsizing when towing a large vessel?

    N a. Surge lines
    Y b. Norman Pins
    N c. Under riders
    N d. Safety shackles

3176: The part of the anchor indicated by the letter G is the __________. (D038DG )

    N a. fluke
    N b. shank
    Y c. tripping palm
    N d. crown

3219: In a national emergency, when communicating via the Navy, messages are sent by precedence. A message designated PRIORITY will be delivered within __________.

    N a. 3 hours to start of business the following day
    N b. 10 minutes if possible
    N c. 30 minutes to 1 hour
    Y d. 1 to 6 hours

3410: When "checking down" a barge using a check line you should use __________.

    N a. one round turn and at least two figure-eights around the timber heads
    N b. at least three figure-eights around the timber heads
    N c. a clove hitch around one timber head
    Y d. at least three round turns around one timber head

3487: The opening in the deck that leads the anchor cable outside the hull is the __________.

    Y a. hawsepipe
    N b. fall pipe
    N c. drop-pipe
    N d. spill pipe

3491: You are the licensed Master of a towing vessel operating between New York and Tampa, Florida. If you carry four (4) deckhands onboard, how many must be able seamen?

    N a. 4
    Y b. 3
    N c. 2
    N d. 1

3684: In towing, heaving lines are used for __________.

    N a. passing a tow bridle to the tug
    Y b. passing a messenger line
    N c. heaving in the tow bridle
    N d. service lines with rocket line throwers

3726: You are lifting a one-ton weight with a swinging boom. When comparing the stresses on the rig with the boom at 20 to the horizontal to the stresses when the boom is at 60 to the horizontal, which statement is TRUE?

    N a. The angle of elevation does not change the stresses in the masthead fairlead for the topping lift.
    Y b. The stress on the head block is greater at 60.
    N c. The stress on the heel block is greater at 60.
    N d. The thrust on the boom is greater at 20.

4046: Which statement about tunnel bow thrusters fitted to large vessels is TRUE?

    N a. They are effective on most vessels at speeds up to 10 knots.
    N b. Because of their location, most modern installations have as much power as a tug.
    N c. They are fully effective at all drafts.
    Y d. When going astern at slow speed, they provide effective steering control.

4059: A 750 foot passenger vessel operating on the Great Lakes, not subject to SOLAS regulations, is required to carry how many ring life buoys?

    Y a. 24
    N b. 18
    N c. 12
    N d. 6

4107: Which of the following are considered to be "road vehicles" that can be carried on Ro-Ro vessels?

    Y a. Semi-trailer
    N b. Train
    N c. Articulated train
    N d. All of the above

4141: What is/are the advantage(s) of using web lashing on light vehicles aboard Ro-Ro vessels?

    N a. Good working life
    N b. Light and easy to handle
    N c. Flexible
    Y d. All of the above

4159: According to the IMO Code, what are the minimum number of securing points that should be on each side of a "road vehicle", whose gross vehicle mass is between 3.5 Tons and 20 Tons, when carried on Ro-Ro vessels?

    N a. One
    Y b. Two
    N c. Three
    N d. Four

4227: Which of the following is/are the component(s) of a twin crane set as shown? (D047DG )

    N a. Foundation assembly
    N b. Turntable assembly
    N c. Crane house assembly
    Y d. All of the above