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Old 16 July 2012, 14:24   #1
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Hi All.

In case anyone is thinking of taking the Master 200/OOW 500 anytime soon, please see the questions I was asked on Friday. I passed by the way!

What information is contained within the LY2 code?
What is the meaning of an A60 bulkhead?
What is the specified minimum GM for a vessel under the LY code?
Shown a Isolated Danger Mark, give meaning, location, light pattern, my actions?
Shown a North Cardinal, give meaning, location, light pattern, my actions?
Shown a West Cardinal give meaning, location, light pattern, my actions?
Shown a preferred channel mark, give IALA region, meaning, location, light pattern, my actions?
Table top ships – crossing situation in sight – I am the stand on vessel, give sound sigs and actions?
Other ship doesn’t respond, what would I do?
The other ship still doesn’t respond so now what?
Table top ships – crossing situation in sight – I am the give way?
Table top ships – head on situation?
Table top ships – vessel in sight one point abaft the beam, stbd side, 3 miles. What actions?
What nav lights would the other ship see?
Approaching fog, what actions in preparation?
What do you mean “Rule 6”?
In fog, three 6 minutes plots on a radar plotting sheet dead abeam to stbd, what will I do?
Now 3 more 6 minutes plots on the port bow, what would I do?
Now I have stopped, predict the next plots for both targets.
What maneuvering signals would I use in restricted vis? None!
MOB has just been reported to me as OOW, list all actions?
What is Oscar?
What does Oscar look like?
I am on a container ship, MOB went over forward of the beam, stbd side, what are my rudder orders?
What is the VHF DSC frequency?
What is the MF DSC alerting frequency?
How would I search for the casualty?
Describe sector and expanding box searches?
What are my rudders orders for a Williamson Turn?
How would I recover the casualty?
Where and how would I position the ship to recover the casualty? MOB boat?
I need to send men into the chain locker, what actions, and specific risks?
What is a risk assessment?
What are the stages of a risk assessment?
What are COSWOPS, what are in them?
What is the oxygen concentration in normal air?
Bunkering at anchor, what actions and preparations?
What do you mean by pollution watch?
Smartie board – two white lights?
Smartie board – two white lights and two red?
Smartie board – red over white + white?
Smartie board – 3 whites & 2 greens?
Smartie board – what extra lights if vessel also RAM?
What is the arc and range of visibility of the white lights? (towing vsl)
This same vessel is now fine to Port, what actions? (stbd aspect)
What are the RAM day shapes?
What are the Anchor day shapes?
What are the FV day shapes?
Given an HRU – how to rig, how does it work, what does it do?
Sources of weather information?
List all the means of distress reporting under the Colregs?
Table top ships – narrow channels – signal for overtaking to stbd?
Table top ships – narrow channels – signals for agreeing?
Explain the possible effect of slack tanks?
Explain the movement of G when lolling?
Explain the effect of reduced freeboard on the ship?
What are the working/rest hours regulations?
Explain the permit to work (PTW) procedure?
How long is a PTW valid?
What happens to a PTW once opened?
Explain musters and drills?
When must they be carried out?
Explain the meanings and uses of Mayday, Pan Pan and Securite?
What is a compass error record book, what is it and what’s in it?
How often should the compass be checked?
You are coastal but don’t know your position, all nav gear inc gyro and gps are faulty. How do you check your compass error?
What is Rule 6 and what factors to take into account?
What is a safe speed versus visibility.
Fog signals for all types of vessels inc aground/anchor.
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Old 16 July 2012, 15:19   #2
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very well done Thanks for that as I'm intending doing mine soon

was the two green and three whites a long tow stb aspect or was it a big trawler

and what is Oscar please
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Hi there.

Yes towing vsl and long tow, stbd aspect.

Oscar, three prolonged blasts meaning mob. Signal flag red triangle over yellow triangle.

Recommend uksa for prep course, master mariner and Lt Cdr (rtd) instructors - intense but brilliant.

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Old 16 July 2012, 15:45   #4
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This is a typical example of how the gov are making test papers easier these days so anyone can pass,















LOL; only joking, Well done Captain, I struggled with a few of them meself. and couldn't undestand why they'd include the questions on explain the meaning of Mayday pan pan etc. all of that should have been covered with the radio exam,
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As you probably know, it's not a paper, it's a face to face oral with a Master Mariner from the MCA with about a million years experience. Mine was 1hr 10 mins.
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Absolutely fully understand Capt, I was just being a cheeky minge, i'm like that. an your lucky he was on the vessal for 2hr with me. and that was just for a DOT passanger carrying boat master licence,
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Old 16 July 2012, 16:53   #7
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Hi there.

Yes towing vsl and long tow, stbd aspect.

Oscar, three prolonged blasts meaning mob. Signal flag red triangle over yellow triangle.

Recommend uksa for prep course, master mariner and Lt Cdr (rtd) instructors - intense but brilliant.

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Ahh I see Morse Oscar sadly I heard that from a ship in the Southampton water a few days ago.


sis you have to know all the signal flags?
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Not to undermine Wills prep, it obviously did the job but a blatant plug from me

Our next Master 200 orals prep at Stormforce Coaching is a month away (20-25th August 2012). Just enough time to apply for a NOE.

Our course is taught by an experienced Master 3,000 who mixes professional skippering and instructing about 50:50 and has been doing so for many years.

The course is run from our new centre at Shamrock Quay Marina.

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For the Unlimited (Ocean going) Master 200 you will also require


This qualification will also cover you as OOW up to 500 tonnes.
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Actually I nearly went to Stormforce but the UKSA week tied in nicely with something else I was doing. I am sure Doug's course is equally excellent.
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Well done!

Orals are always nerve wracking, and you just never know exactly what will come up.

Where did you do you it? MCA in southampton?
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