MERCHANT SHIPPING (SEAFARERS) (CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY AS A.B.) RULES
SYLLABUS FOR EXAMINATION FOR CERTIFICATE
OF COMPETENCY AS A.B.
1. The meaning of common nautical terms.
2. The names and function of various parts of a ship, for example, decks, compartments, ballast tanks, bilges, air pipes, strum boxes.
3. Knowledge of compass card 0 to 359. Ability to report the approximate bearing of an object in degrees or points on the bow.
4. Reading, streaming and handing a patent log.
5. Markings on a hand lead line, taking a cast of the hand lead and correctly reporting the sounding obtained.
6. Marking of the anchor cable.
7. Understanding helm orders.
8. The use of life-saving and fire-fighting appliances.
(To be tested as far as possible by
9. Knots, hitches and bends in common use-
Bowline and bowline on the bight
Sheet bend, double and single
Round turn and two half hitches
Figure of eight
Wall and crown
To whip a rope's end using plain or palm and needle whipping. To put a seizing on rope and wire. To put a stopper on a rope or wire hawser, and derrick lift.
10. Splicing plaited and multi-strand manila and synthetic-fibre rope, eye splice, short splice and back splice. Splicing wire rope, eye splice using a locking tuck. Care in use of rope and wire.
11. Slinging a stage, rigging a bosun's chair and pilot ladder.
12. Rigging a derrick. Operating a winch; general precautions to be taken before and during the operation of a winch whether used for working cargo or for warping.
13. The use and operation of a windlass in anchor work and in warping. Safe handling of moorings with particular reference to synthetic-fibre ropes and self-tensioning winches. Precautions to be taken in the stowage of chain cable and securing the anchors for sea.
14. A knowledge of the gear used in cargo work and an understanding of its uses. General maintenance with particular reference to wires, blocks and shackles.
15. The safe handling of hatch covers including mechanical hatch covers; battening down and securing hatches and tank lids.
English Language Comprehension
Each candidate will be required to satisfy the examiner that he has sufficient knowledge of the English language to understand, or give, any necessary orders that may be given to or by him in the course of the performance of his duties on a ship.