USCG Safety: Master's License

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13: Your liferaft is to leeward of a fire on the water and riding to its sea anchor. You should FIRST __________.

221: Which statement about the free surface effect is TRUE?

291: A Certificate of Inspection issued to a small passenger vessel describes __________.

304: What is the correct interpretation of the flag hoist F 2 1 3 second substitute?

    Y a. F2131
    N b. F2132
    N c. F213213
    N d. F213F213

442: On the all-purpose nozzle, the position of the valve when the handle is all the way forward is __________.

    Y a. shut
    N b. fog
    N c. solid stream
    N d. spray

545: The oil transfer procedures aboard a tanker transferring oil are NOT required to contain __________.

    Y a. the name of each person designated as the person in charge of transfer
    N b. a line diagram of the vessel's oil transfer piping
    N c. special procedures for topping off tanks
    N d. a description of the deck discharge containment system

634: You are fighting a fire in a watertight compartment using hoses and salt water. Stability may be reduced because of __________.

    N a. progressive downflooding
    N b. reduction of water in the storage tanks
    Y c. increase in free surface which reduces the metacentric height
    N d. reduction of KG to the minimum allowable

736: How many liters of water per person must be carried in lifeboats on a tankship sailing a coastwise route?

    N a. None
    N b. One
    N c. Two
    Y d. Three

800: The "trimming arm" of a vessel is the horizontal distance between the __________.

    N a. LCB and LCF
    N b. LCF and LCG
    N c. LHA and LCG
    Y d. LCB and LCG

817: An accommodation ladder or other equally safe and convenient means must be provided for a pilot whenever the distance from the sea level is more than __________.

    N a. 20 feet
    Y b. 30 feet
    N c. 40 feet
    N d. 50 feet

818: A fire in a transformer terminal would be classified as class __________.

    N a. A
    N b. B
    Y c. C
    N d. D

998: Fire extinguishers of sizes III, IV, and V are designated as __________.

    N a. portable
    Y b. semi-portable
    N c. fixed
    N d. disposable

1226: For what purpose may gasoline be used on small passenger vessels?

    N a. Heating
    N b. Lighting
    N c. Cooking
    Y d. None of the above

1302: A class B fire is most successfully fought by __________.

    Y a. preventing oxygen from reaching the burning material
    N b. cooling the burning material below its ignition temperature
    N c. using the extinguishing agent to make the burning material fire-resistant
    N d. using the extinguishing agent to absorb the heat

1318: The most effective fire extinguishing agent to use on burning linen is __________.

    Y a. water
    N b. carbon dioxide
    N c. dry chemical
    N d. foam

1446: A vessel's mean draft is 29'-07". At this draft, the TPI is 152. The mean draft after loading 1360 tons will be __________.

    N a. 29'-09"
    N b. 29'-11"
    Y c. 30'-04"
    N d. 30'-07"

1822: Which hazard probably would NOT be encountered when entering an empty but uncleaned fish hold?

    N a. Lack of oxygen
    N b. Methane gas
    N c. Hydrogen sulfide gas
    Y d. Carbon monoxide

1826: Your vessel displaces 747 tons and measures 136'L by 34'B. You ship a large wave on the after deck. What is the reduction to GM due to free surface before the water drains overboard, if the after deck measures 56'L x 34'B and the weight of the water is 58.6 tons?

    N a. 6.04 feet
    N b. 6.23 feet
    Y c. 6.51 feet
    N d. 6.76 feet

1922: BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND INLAND A sailing vessel shall not impede the safe passage of a __________.

    Y a. power-driven vessel following a traffic lane
    N b. pilot vessel enroute to a pilot station
    N c. law enforcement vessel
    N d. All of the above

2102: The sails are properly set and trimmed. As a vessel heads up from a beam reach to close-hauled the __________.

    N a. apparent wind remains steady
    N b. heeling moment decreases
    N c. side slip decreases
    Y d. speed decreases

2236: A vessel is limited to a maximum draft of 25'-11". The present drafts are: FWD 24'-10", AFT 23'-02". How much more cargo can be loaded and where should it be located if a drag of 18 inches is desired? (Use the reference material in Section 1, the blue pages, of the Stability Data Reference Book)

    N a. 345 tons 124 feet aft of the tipping center
    N b. 525 tons 18 feet forward of the tipping center
    N c. 640 tons 74 feet aft of the tipping center
    Y d. 690 tons 62 feet aft of the tipping center

2283: Sails may be wing and wing when_____________.

    N a. tacking
    N b. on a close reach
    Y c. sailing with the wind aft
    N d. anchored or drifting

2363: Use the material in Section 1, the blue pages, of the Stability Data Reference Book. If the KG is 22.0 feet, and the drafts are: FWD 23'-06", AFT 24'-03"; at what angle will the vessel lose positive stability?

    N a. 76
    N b. 84
    N c. 89
    Y d. 98

2554: How is "radio silence" imposed?

    Y a. By the On Scene Coordinator (OSC)
    N b. By the Coast Earth Station (CES) controlling the Distress communications on that frequency
    N c. It is imposed by the Public Correspondence Station (PCS) controlling the distress communications on that frequency or channel
    N d. It is imposed by the High Seas Service (HSS) controlling the distress communications on that frequency or channel

2581: A continuous watertight bulkhead on a MODU is normally also a(n) __________.

    Y a. structural bulkhead
    N b. exterior bulkhead
    N c. centerline bulkhead
    N d. joiner bulkhead

2649: Vinyl chloride reacts dangerously with __________.

    N a. alkalies
    Y b. concentrated nitric acid
    N c. saltwater
    N d. organic acids

2676: A safe fuel system must __________.

    N a. prevent engine overheating
    N b. have proper air/gasoline fuel mixture ratio
    Y c. be liquid- and vapor-tight
    N d. supply sufficient air to the intake manifold

2835: A vessel heading NNE is on a course of __________.

    Y a. 022.5
    N b. 045.0
    N c. 067.5
    N d. 090.0

3005: All vessels having a Certificate of Inspection and operating exclusively in salt water shall be dry-docked or hauled out __________. (small passenger vessel regulations)

    N a. once in each calendar year
    N b. once in each fiscal year
    N c. at the time of each inspection
    Y d. at intervals not to exceed 2 years

3095: While retrieving the survival craft, the engine should be stopped __________.

    Y a. when the craft clears the water
    N b. when the cable has been attached
    N c. on approach to the platform
    N d. at the embarkation

3303: Your fireman's outfit includes a(n) __________.

    N a. chemical protection face shield
    N b. approved work vest
    Y c. self-contained breathing apparatus
    N d. marlinspike

3484: Your 80-ton schooner is hove to on the starboard tack under storm trysail and fore-staysail in 45 knots of wind. Your heading is averaging about 000 true and the wind is from the northeast. There is a dangerous shoal bearing 270 true, range 5 miles. Which action would be appropriate?

    N a. You need only stay alert for changes, as your present drift will carry you away from the danger.
    N b. You should strike all sails and get underway under bare poles, making as much way as possible to the north.
    N c. You should set a reefed foresail and strike the jib.
    Y d. You should tack or jibe to the port tack and make all possible headway to the south.

3510: When required, the steering gear, whistle, and the means of communication between the pilothouse and the engine room on a passenger vessel shall be tested by an officer of the vessel within a period of not more than how many hours prior to departure?

    N a. 4
    N b. 8
    Y c. 12
    N d. 24

3645: Signaling devices which are required on inflatable liferafts include __________.

    N a. a rocket shoulder rifle
    N b. an oil lantern
    Y c. red flares
    N d. an air horn

3696: The equipment required to remove an on-deck oil spill on a barge transferring oil must either be carried on board or __________.

    N a. on a tug standing by
    Y b. available by contract with the shore facility
    N c. kept at the shoreside hose connection during transfer
    N d. kept in a protected shoreside location readily accessible

3753: A shipmate suffers a heart attack and stops breathing. You must __________.

    N a. immediately give a stimulant, by force if necessary
    N b. make the victim comfortable in a bunk
    N c. administer oxygen
    Y d. immediately start CPR

3992: How many B-II fire extinguishers must be in the machinery space of a 175-foot long fishing vessel propelled by engines with 3300 brake horsepower?

    N a. 2
    N b. 3
    Y c. 4
    N d. 5

4028: Fire protection regulations for towing vessels allow all of these types of fuel piping, EXCEPT ____________ .

    N a. steel
    N b. aluminum in an aluminum-hulled vessel
    Y c. schedule 80 fire resistant plastic pipe
    N d. nickel-copper, copper-nickel or annealed copper

4192: Alterations or repairs on inspected small passenger vessels must be done __________.

    N a. under the direction of the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection
    N b. in accordance with the regulations of Subchapter "S" (Subdivision and Stability)
    N c. in accordance with regulations in effect when the vessel was contracted for, as long as the repairs are minor
    Y d. All of the above

4363: Scouring is the result of __________.

    Y a. interruption of the normal current flow by the footing
    N b. elevating in mud-slide zones
    N c. penetrating rapidly through a hard crust into weaker soils
    N d. extracting legs from soils with high cohesion

4611: On the COASTAL DRILLER, the level of water in each of two pump bilge pits is monitored by __________.

    N a. visual sight gages
    N b. low and high level alarms
    Y c. hydrostatic alarm switches
    N d. OSS units (overflow sequence selector units)

4687: What is the decrease in vertical moments for the Coastal Driller if 2.5 feet of drill water is discharged from a full drill water tank #23?

    N a. 3,464 ft-kips
    N b. 2,982 ft-kips
    Y c. 482 ft-kips
    N d. 161 ft-kips

4767: The COASTAL DRILLER is loaded as shown in the Sample Load Form #1 (Rig Move). If the entire contents of the port pipe rack are back-loaded to an offshore supply vessel, how much drill water would have to be transferred from tank #1 to tank #26 to level the vessel in trim?

    N a. 62.7 kips
    N b. 64.4 kips
    N c. 111.4 kips
    Y d. 114.9 kips

5357: During preloading or elevating the COASTAL DRILLER, jacking-up may continue if the total weight is less than __________.

    N a. 21,497 kips
    N b. 21,297 kips
    N c. 17,700 kips
    Y d. 14,400 kips

5517: Grinding to eliminate shallow surface defects should be done __________.

    Y a. parallel to the longitudinal direction of the chain
    N b. perpendicular to the direction of the anchor chain
    N c. diagonally across the link of the anchor chain
    N d. around the circumference of the chain link

5902: The most likely location for a liquid fire to occur on a tanker would be __________.

    N a. the midships house
    N b. at the vent header
    Y c. in the pumproom
    N d. at the main deck

6693: The litter on a MODU must be able to __________.

    N a. carry at least two injured persons
    N b. float for at least two hours
    Y c. be used on the types of helicopters serving the unit
    N d. All of the above

6742: With an approved combination nozzle, low-velocity fog is produced by __________.

    Y a. inserting an applicator in the nozzle
    N b. putting the handle of the nozzle in the forward position
    N c. directing a straight stream of water against the ship's structure
    N d. the combination nozzle only when the water pressure exceeds 125 psi

6755: Each fireman's outfit and its spare equipment on a MODU must be stowed __________.

    N a. in a locked cabinet in the machinery space
    N b. in an unlocked cabinet in the machinery space
    Y c. in a separate and accessible location
    N d. at a fire hydrant location

6813: The Master or person in charge of a mobile offshore drilling unit shall ensure the crane record book shows __________.

    N a. the name of the operator
    Y b. the American Petroleum Institute name plate data
    N c. the average load in pounds each usage
    N d. All of the above

7417: You receive a call from the U.S. Coast Guard addressed to all stations. The call begins with the words "Pan-Pan" (3 times). Which type of emergency signal would this be?

    N a. Safety signal
    Y b. Urgency signal
    N c. Distress signal
    N d. Red alert signal

7578: When a helicopter is lifting personnel from an enclosed lifeboat, the other individuals in the boat should __________.

    N a. enter the water in case the person being lifted slips from the sling
    N b. stand on the outside of the boat to assist the person being lifted
    N c. remove their life preservers to prepare for their transfer to the helicopter
    Y d. remain seated inside to provide body weight for stability

7595: For a vessel inclined by the wind, multiplying the buoyant force by the horizontal distance between the lines of action of the buoyant and gravity forces gives the __________.

    Y a. righting moment
    N b. vertical moment
    N c. longitudinal moment
    N d. transverse moment

8186: Your drafts are: FWD 16'-02", AFT 20'-08". Use the blue pages of the Stability Data Reference Book to determine the MT1.

    N a. 920 foot-tons
    N b. 935 foot-tons
    N c. 960 foot-tons
    Y d. 980 foot-tons

8335: Requirements for H2S preparation and equipment usage aboard MODU's in U.S. offshore waters are administered by the __________.

    N a. U.S. Coast Guard
    N b. U.S. Corps of Engineers
    Y c. Minerals Management Service
    N d. American National Standards Institute

8412: When abandoning ship and jumping into the water from a substantial height, you should __________.

    N a. dive head first using your hands to break the surface of the water
    N b. hold your arms firmly at your sides and jump feet first
    N c. throw your life jacket into the water first and then jump feet first into the water next to it
    Y d. jump feet first, holding onto your life jacket with one hand while covering your nose and mouth with the other

8905: When it is necessary to remove a victim from a life threatening situation, the person giving first aid must __________.

    N a. pull the victim by the feet
    Y b. avoid subjecting the victim to any unnecessary disturbance
    N c. carry the victim to a location where injuries can be assessed
    N d. place the victim on a stretcher before attempting removal

9351: Halon from extinguishers used on a class B fire, should be directed __________.

    N a. at the top of the flames
    Y b. at the base of the fire near the edge
    N c. in short quick bursts
    N d. toward the upwind side of the fire

9412: Radiation spreads a fire by __________.

    N a. transmitting the heat of a fire through the ship's metal
    N b. burning liquids flowing into another space
    N c. heated gases flowing through ventilation systems
    Y d. the transfer of heat across an unobstructed space

9634: A fixed carbon dioxide extinguishing system for a machinery space, designed WITHOUT a stop valve in the line leading to the protected space, is actuated by __________.

    Y a. one control
    N b. two controls
    N c. three controls
    N d. none of the above