In relation to a detailed voyage plan, which of the given options is the most likely indication arising from an uneventful voyage, with unused contingency plans and minimum items referenced in the Bridge Note Book?
It is probably an indication that the plan covered more than was required.
It is probably an indication of an excellent plan.
It is probably an indication that the ship was lucky and experienced good weather throughout the voyage.
It is probably an indication that the plan can be simpler next voyage.
In the Voyage Planning process where, during the Voyage, should it be considered that most incidents are likely to happen?
There is no point during a voyage that an incidents are more likely, incidents can happen at any time.
During berthing and Un-berthing.
During a coastal passage.
During transit of a Traffic Separation Scheme.
What is of utmost importance, when passage planning for a vessel with draught restrictions?
When in narrow channels, always keeping to the starboard side of the channel.
Displaying day and night signals on board.
Tidal movements and time of tides.
What is the quickest means of knowing whether a vessel is being affected by currents, when coasting?
By visual bearings of conspicuous objects.
Use of parallel indexing.
What should be done if a deviation creates considerable time delays?
The vessel should be brought back onto its intended track.
The closest VTS should be informed.
All subsequent waypoint ETAs should be adjusted accordingly.
The vessel’s speed should be increased.
When Voyage Planning, should the primary method of navigation always be the GPS?
No, visual positions should always be the primary method to fix the vessel’s position.
Yes, because the GPS is accurate within a few metres.
Yes, because GPS provides positions in the middle of the ocean.
No, it depends on the location and circumstances.
When Voyage Planning, why should the plan suggest alternative methods to fix the vessels position?
Alternative methods to fix the vessels position are needed because no single method is 100 % reliable.
Alternative methods to fix the vessel’s position are not needed because GPS is always accurate.
Alternative methods to fix the ship’s position are taken because the OOW needs to practice these various competencies.
Alternative methods to fix the vessel’s position are needed because sometimes there are no visual marks identified.
When approaching port, why should a voyage plan have to identify more than one possible anchorage area?
Because it is mandatory, under international regulations.
So that an appropriate anchorage may be chosen, for better shore communications.
Because in an emergency a vessel should have an alternative anchorage option.
So that the Master may choose an anchorage with the least number of ships.
When conducting a Voyage Plan and using GPS, ECDIS and other modern navigational aids, is it still necessary to determine the error of the magnetic compass?
Yes, but only in special circumstances.
When executing a Voyage Plan, what is meant by “situation awareness” with reference to navigation?
Situation awareness means knowing whether a ship is on a collision course.
Situation awareness means appreciating the complete situation all around the ship and also on the ship.
Situation awareness means the Officer of the Watch knows which navigational marks are available to take positions.
Situation awareness means the Officer of the Watch understands the requirements of the Bridge Team.
When executing a Voyage Plan, what would be the significance to the OOW when the predicted time at a way point is significantly different to the actual time arriving at that position?
The OOW would consider altering the time at the next waypoint to correct the time difference.
It could be ignored as the Voyage Plan would have been constructed a long time before it was executed.
The OOW should treat it as a warning something may be wrong.
It indicates that the Voyage Plan is incorrect.
When passage planning, what external factor should be considered when considering the vessel’s speed?
Traffic density in certain areas.
The presence of icebergs.
The effects of ocean currents.
When passage planning, what should be prepared in advance for coming alongside?
A copy of the ship’s manoeuvring characteristics.
Composition of the bridge team.
When passage planning, where should VTS reporting locations be made?
On charts and in the Bridge notebook.
Which one of the given options is correct in relation to following a Voyage Plan when a pilot is on board the vessel?
The Voyage Plan should not require any adjustment when the pilot boards the vessel.
The Voyage plan may be adjusted by the pilot with the agreement of the Master.
The pilot normally will make minor adjustments to the original Voyage plan independently as he navigates within the pilotage area.
A Voyage plan is not required when a pilot is on board as he is very familiar with this part of the voyage.
Why does a radar picture not always follow the charted coastline?
Because of interference from radars on other ships.
Because of poor radar reflections from some coastal areas.
Because by the time the radar receives a signal, the vessel has moved along its track.
Because of poor surveys of coastlines in some areas of the world.
Why should buoys not be used, with regard to position fixing?
Because they could be adrift.
Because navigational charts warn against this practice.
Because they are only meant to mark fairways and dangers.
Because they are too small to obtain a fix.
Why should the echo sounder be frequently used in shallow waters?
To warn the navigator of possible squat.
To cross-check the position of underwater obstructions with the chart in use.
Because it is an international requirement.
To provide a useful position line when crossing a particular depth contour.
Why would a voyage plan possibly need adjustment when a pilot arrives on board?
Because he/she will have the latest local knowledge, for which the voyage plan may need to be adjusted.
Because this is standard practice with most pilots.
Because the pilot may not be satisfied with the voyage plan.
Because voyage plans do not cover the pilotage phase of a voyage, in detail.