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Old 18 September 2009, 08:46   #1
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MCA Master Code Vessel >200gt Unlimited Area STCW95

Hi I just had my oral for MCA Master Code Vessel >200gt Unlimited Area STCW95 today and passed so for any of you wishing to do it here are the questions I was asked,

Aberdeen MCA office
Capt. W Bennett (from Belfast)
0900-1000 18/09/09

Started with small take about type of vessels etc etc and then straight into it;
Passage planning, gave me a coastal passage from Aberdeen to Great Yarmouth, APEM etc publications blah blah
Tides, how you know if enough water at destination, neaps and springs, tidal diamonds
Fixing vessel position, GPS and asked to take bearing using Az ring on a compass in the room, (arrow down!!!!)
Convert compass to true, asked me to write down
Correcting charts
A lot of Meteorogy stuff, sources of WX data how would the forecast effect my passage plan
Masters standing orders, forming bridge watch keeping team and night orders
Navtex
Calling the master- fire in engine room my actions as master
Radar potting, and rule 19!!
Crossing, head on and overtaking all PDV
Smartie board , everything!! Day signal and fog signal
Buoys IALA B preferred channel markers, cardinal and isolated danger, top marks and lights
Distress signals
MoB, my actions as Master
Working the vessel, safety ie ISM risk assessments
Crane and LOLER regs, safe lifts and inclining the vessel, why can be dangerous
Stability, ballasting bilges and FSE
Code vessel surveys, who does and what looking for
Ships paperwork
Opening a crew agreement
Drills
Salvage requirements, i.e. vessel must be in distress, an imminent peril to ship life and environment must exist, master can negotiate with lloyds open form, only get paid is vessel delivered into safety

The end, a further bit of chat then told I had passed
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Interesting Stuff thanks Il be doing OOW orals soon.

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Sounds like quite an achievement!
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nice one buddt well done!
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Well done, a great credit to you
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well done
did mine a year ago. tis one hell of a step up for the knowledge base required for Yachtmaster
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Smartie board , everything!!
I like the sound of this task. Do you get to eat your favourite colour?
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congratulations! were you sponsered or did you put yourself through?
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congratulations! were you sponsered or did you put yourself through?
I paid myself, the exam is 201 including issue of your CoC and if fail its another 201!!

google min 202 for further info on the oral

I did 2 days study for the exam by getting the oral Syllabus and working through it!!

exam was hard going and the examiner expects full answers but at the same time he was very fair and gave me every chance to pass!!
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Well done mate...Sounds like one hell of a hard exam and long....

I want to do my courses......What age do you have to be to do your MCA courses is it 16 and over or 18 and over??? Anybody knw....I think its 18+

What courses should you do if you want to be able to drive and commercial vessel on your own as master???
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