“Only one primary co-ordinating frequency should be used at the scene of a search and rescue”. Is the statement True or False?
“The master of a ship always has to provide assistance in a distress situation”. Is this statement True or False?
A distress signal must have two parts; select the TWO options, that combine to form a distress signal:
A dotted line is seen on a radar display when a signal is received back from a SART. Which ONE of these options best identifies the location of the SART?
At the beginning of the 12 dots.
At the end of the 12 dots.
In the general direction of the bearing of the dots.
A master decides NOT to provide assistance to a vessel in distress. What must they do next? Select the option, that is the most important:
Record their decision in the ship’s log and tell the search and rescue authorities.
Record their decision in the ship’s log and tell the ship owner.
Advise the owner, charterer and flag State.
During a search and rescue mission, what is the best position for an effective lookout during darkness? Select the ONE best option:
Forward and close to the water.
Close to the ship’s medical facility.
Close to the galley to keep warm and fed.
During a search and rescue mission, what is the best position for an effective lookout during daylight? Select the ONE best option:
In a warm mess room with portholes.
As close to the waterline as possible.
Following an SAR incident, your ship may be asked to provide a post SAR report. Select, from the options given, all of those likely to make such a request:
For the survivor’s of a search and rescue operations, is the following statement True or False? “The assisting ship is always considered a place of safety”
From what direction should a burning ship be approached? Select the best option:
From what direction should a life raft be approached? Select the best option:
How can the visual methods of communication for use in search and rescue be checked? Select the TWO best answers:
If there have been deaths during an SAR operation, what should be done with the personal belongings of the deceased? Select the best answer:
Put them in a labelled container for transport with the deceased.
Gather all such effects together and declare them at the next port.
In relation to search and rescue, what do the initials “OSC” represent?
Offshore Search Coordinator.
Overall Search Controller.
In relation to search and rescue, what do the initials “RCC” represent?
Rescue Co-ordination Centre.
Regional Co-ordination Centre.
Rescue and Causality Centre.
In relation to search and rescue, what do the initials “SMC” represent?
Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator.
Safety Management Controller.
Search and Rescue Management Centre.
Search Management Controller.
Is the following statement True or False? “The international regulations for preventing collisions at sea still apply during SAR operations”.
Is the following statement True or False? “You have to acknowledge and investigate every DSC alert”.
Select the ONE option, which most accurately completes the following statement. “An EPIRB should not be transferred from one ship to another, unless…”:
It’s registration details have changed.
It is tested and works satisfactorily.
The nearest rescue co-ordination centre is notified in writing.
The new ship’s master agrees and new batteries are fitted.
Select the option, that gives the most accurate definition of a Search and Rescue Region, SRR:
It’s an area of given size, associated with a rescue co-ordination centre.
It is an area, which can be covered by air surveillance from a rescue co-ordination centre.
It is an area, which can be covered by radar surveillance from a rescue co-ordination centre.
It is the search area, which is established around an incident.
There has been a death during an SAR operation. Where is the best place to store the dead body? Select the ONE best answer:
Properly wrapped, in a refrigerator.
Properly wrapped, in a lifeboat.
It should be put back into the sea.
Properly wrapped, in the steering gear flat.
There has been a death during an SAR operation, and the deceased had an infectious disease. What should be done with the deceased’s belongings?
All belongings should be stored in a secure cupboard.
All belongings should be disinfected or destroyed.
All belongings should be kept with the deceased.
All belongings should be thoroughly laundered.
What ONE of the following most accurately identifies the radio frequencies, that will be used at the scene of a search and rescue?
Channel 16 always be the single SAR frequency used at the scene.
Channel 70 always be the single SAR frequency used at the scene.
The Rescue ship will usually select the best SAR frequency to use at the scene.
The SMC will usually select SAR dedicated frequencies for use on scene.
What are the benefits to the SMC of using ship reporting systems? Select all options that apply:
What information should be recorded by the OSC? Select the THREE correct options:
What information should usually be provided in an on-scene SITREP? Select any answers that you think apply:
What is a “place of safety” for the survivor’s of a rescue? Select the best answer:
A place, where the survivor’s life is no longer threatened and basic human needs can be met.
A place, where the survivor’s are no longer in immediate danger.
Any rescue craft, such as a life-raft, lifeboat or helicopter.
Once ashore, in a member State of the SAR Convention.
What is the main role of the OSC with respect to communications? Select the best option:
Maintain communication with all SAR facilities.
Fix the position of the casualty, using an EPIRB.
Deploy a SART to assist in homing.
Recover and switch-off the EPIRB.
What is usually the most effective search method, when ship’s and aircraft are involved? Select the best option:
A “creeping line” search.
An “expanding square” search.
A “parallel track” search.
What should a rescue ship do, if it’s radar breaks down during a search? Select the best option:
Maintain course and speed, but inform the MSC.
Maintain course and speed, but inform the OSC.
Drop astern of the other ship’s and inform the OSC.
When does a NAVTEX receiver monitor the transmission of Marine Safety Information? Select the best answer:
Only when entering the correct NAVAREA.
When is a “sector search” most effective? Select the best option:
When the position of the search object is not accurately known.
When the search pattern radius is larger, than 20 nautical miles.
When a datum marker can be used as a reference.
When the position of the search object is accurately known.
When is a “track line search” most effective? Select the best option:
When a ship or aircraft has disappeared without a trace.
When a direct communication between the search object and the search facility is available.
When the position of the search object is not accurately known.
When the position of the search object is accurately known.
When should an initial “SITREP” be transmitted? Select the best option:
As soon as details of an incident make it clear, that SAR involvement is necessary.
As soon as all the facts are known.
When the situation is under control.
When required for the media.
When should distress messages be cancelled? Select the best option:
When a false alert has been sent.
When the rescuing craft decide.
When the situation seems to be under control.
When weather conditions have improved.
When the position of the search object is reasonably well known, which of these is the best search pattern to adopt?
An expanding square search.
A co-ordinated vessel-aircraft search.
When would a “parallel track” search be used? Select the best option:
When searching a large area.
When searching in rough weather.
When searching a small area.
When searching during the night.
When would a master NOT have to respond to a distress signal? Select the ONE answer, that is the most accurate:
When the master considers it unsafe or unreasonable to do so.
When the master hears other ship’s responding to the distress signal.
When the master is already late on his ETA.
When the Company says not to, because of the vessel’s charter.
When your ship is talking to a craft in distress, what information should you give to them? Select the THREE correct answers:
Which ONE of the following describes the function of an AIS SART?
To show ID and position of the casualty on equipment, displaying AIS information.
To indicate a ship in distress on radar by 12 dots.
To indicate distress by alerting satellites.
To allow two way communications for survival craft.
Which ONE of the following most accurately completes the following statement? “During a parallel track search…”:
All ship’s proceed with the same speed.
All ship’s proceed with their own minimum safe speed.
All ship’s proceed with a different speed.
All ship’s proceed with their own maximum safe speed.
Which ONE of the following most accurately completes the following statement? “Communication between an aircraft and a ship is…”:
Difficult, because of different radio bands.
Easy and straight forward.
Which ONE of the following most accurately completes the following statement? “The first ship arriving at the scene of a SAR incident would normally…”:
Which ONE of the following pieces of information is always included in a 406 MHz EPIRB signal?
The identification of the vessel or aircraft in distress.
The last known course and speed of the vessel.
The nature of the emergency.
The flag State of the vessel.
Which ONE of the following signals is NOT a distress signal?
A flare showing a white light.
A flare showing a red light.
A square flag with a ball above or below it.
Which ONE of the following types of equipment would display an activated radar SART?
Which ONE of the following volumes of IAMSAR must be carried on-board?
Which one of the following would be the best person to speak to the media after an SAR incident?
Someone with experience of talking to the media, and authorized by the company.
A representative of the ship’s crew.
Any deck officer on duty during the rescue operation.
Which ONE of these is the most important factor, when using an expanded square search? Select the best option:
Which ONE of these search patterns creates a particular problem in restricted visibility?
Which THREE of the following pieces of information are immediately available to a ground control station, when a 406 MHz EPIRB signal is first picked up?
Which TWO of the following responsibilities does a rescue vessel have to survivor’s following a search and rescue mission?
Which equipment carried on board would indicate to the SMC, that there are medical facilities available? Select the best option:
Which of the following correctly identifies when you should acknowledge receipt of a VHF/MF DSC alert?
After 5 minutes, if no other station respond.
After 5 minutes in all situations.
Immediately, on Channel 16.
Immediately, on Channel 70.
Which of the following is the best place to put a rescued survivor?
In the ship’s hospital, or a cabin.
Which one of the following pieces of equipment does NOT form part of the GMDSS equipment?
Which person would usually guide a SAR operation from start to finish? Select the best option:
Who is responsible for the co-ordination of communications at the scene of a rescue? Select the best option:
Who is usually responsible for providing the search action plan? Select the best option:
Who should assess the risks in a search and rescue operation? Select the best option:
The On Scene Coordinator, OSC.
The Search Mission Coordinator, SMC.
The Rescue Coordinator Centre, RCC.
Who should take part in post incident debriefs after an SAR? Select the best option:
Anyone involved with the SAR operation.
Who would you try to inform first, if you received a distress message? Select the order, that you would try and contact them: A – the RCC responsible for where the incident occurred. B – any RCC, which can be reached. C – any communications facility. D – The nearest RCC.
Why is it important to question survivor’s as soon as possible? Select the best option:
To ensure everyone has been rescued.
To make them feel comfortable.
To find out, if they had a problem with the master or company.
To find out, what food they need.
Why must all distress signals be entered into the ship’s log book? Select the best option:
Because it is a legal requirement.
Because it is a company requirement.
Because it is usually part of the master’s standing orders.
Because it will help any claims for financial compensation.