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    Hey! just got an email saying Ive been put forward for a Fleetwood interview at some point for a deck cadetship (dont know details yet) and I was wondering what questions they are likely to ask? What should I know and say to make a good impression? thanks!!!

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    Hi Hatty, I have just completed my first week at Glasgow Nautical College, I am an Engineering Cadet. I have gone through Clyde Marine Training and my sponsor company is North Link/ Northern Marine Management.

    The Interview with Clyde is very relaxed and conducted in a friendly manner so it isn't something you should worry about that much.

    They ask you general questions such as, 1/Why do you want to join the merchant navy and specifically be a Deck Cadet?
    2/ What sort of jobs will you be doing as a trainee
    3/ How will you cope with life at sea, being away from family and the 'boredom' sometimes experienced while away on
    long trips
    4/ What do you know about the shipping industry, the different types of vessel, crewing numbers etc

    Make sure you read the notes they provide you with on different types of ships and know a bit about their set up and how the different Phases work.

    Like any interview you get the more general questions like, providing details on times when you have worked as part of a team and things like that.

    To make a good impression, dress smartly in a suit, shirt and tie. First impressions do really count and those first 5 minutes with an interviewer is time you can never get back to do things differently. Read through this site, the careers at sea site and Clydes own site and get as much information as you can.

    One minor note, there are already numerous threads on Clyde Marine Interviews and questions asked, use the Search Box on this site in the top right hand corner and you will find lots of information. I can't help but get frustrated when i see numerous threads appearing about Clyde marine interviews every few days and it must clog up the 'system' a little bit.

    Other than that best of luck with everything and feel free to PM me with any other questions and I will do my best to reply.
    Newly qualified Officer #ClubMember

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    • #3
      *sigh* and again....

      The above has nailed it. They may also ask you a technical question or two to show that you have researched your choice of career.

      Also, try not to PM questions like this, keep them out in the open so that it can be read by all...
      I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

      All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GuinnessMan View Post
        *sigh* and again....

        The above has nailed it. They may also ask you a technical question or two to show that you have researched your choice of career.

        Also, try not to PM questions like this, keep them out in the open so that it can be read by all...
        ^^ Very true, better to share information, I was just really meaning that if they had any other general questions to PM me.

        It amazes me the number of times a new thread is started about a Clyde Marine interview!

        Met my TO this week and received my Workshop gear and a nice Clyde Marine bag along with a torch. Could you perhaps enlighten me as to why only certain torches can be used on tankers? I understand that the cargo on tankers be it Crude Oil, LPG, LNG etc are all highly flammable but I was just wondering how a torch could be a danger? Perhaps this is a stupid question and forgive me if it is but I have only just finished my first week at College!
        Newly qualified Officer #ClubMember

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SWonder View Post
          ^^ Very true, better to share information, I was just really meaning that if they had any other general questions to PM me.

          It amazes me the number of times a new thread is started about a Clyde Marine interview!

          Met my TO this week and received my Workshop gear and a nice Clyde Marine bag along with a torch. Could you perhaps enlighten me as to why only certain torches can be used on tankers? I understand that the cargo on tankers be it Crude Oil, LPG, LNG etc are all highly flammable but I was just wondering how a torch could be a danger? Perhaps this is a stupid question and forgive me if it is but I have only just finished my first week at College!
          It's probably a super insulated torch that won't spark if your drop it etc. We have similar rules concerning torches, and in fact anything electrical, if you want to go into the magazine at work. Basically its rubber soles, nothing metal and nothing electrical in case of sparks setting all the ammunition off.
          "Crazy like wild wolves threatened by fire, send them all to the bottom of the sea."

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          • #6
            No Questions are stupid...we cant vouch for the answers though

            ALL sources of ignition are a danger on a tanker...and they come in different forms, belive it or not a spark from a torch switching on or off, in the wrong place with the wrong atmosphere will (and has) make things go B00M...also you tend to find they are rubberised rather than full metal bodied, again if you drop them there is no spark (I know some are made of non sparking metals just maikng a point).

            The clue is in the things name...Intrinsically Safe "equipment name here" in this case a torch, there are different levels of safety and therefore different levels of Intrinsic Safe-ness (for want of a better word) this will all be taught to you in college on the Tanker Fam course.....

            But a good question non the less
            Trust me I'm a Chief.

            Views expressed by me are mine and mine alone.
            Yes I work for the big blue canoe company.
            No I do not report things from here to them as they are quite able to come and read this stuff for themselves.


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            • #7
              Hi Hatty, I had an interview with Clyde a while back (also at Fleetwood) and from what I can remember it was a pretty relaxed affair. I think deck interviews tend to be slightly less technical than engineering, so if you know one end of a ship from the other and have read their literature you will be absolutely fine!

              Good luck and let us know how you get on!

              As for the post about torches, I presume that means I won't be able to make use of my maglite

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              • #8
                not on a tanker least ways, box boats and passy boats you'll be fine so long as you arent in tanks
                Trust me I'm a Chief.

                Views expressed by me are mine and mine alone.
                Yes I work for the big blue canoe company.
                No I do not report things from here to them as they are quite able to come and read this stuff for themselves.


                Twitter:- @DeeChief

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                • #9
                  The main danger with oil tankers and exploding is during cargo operations and when the vessel is ballasted. Oil doesn't burn very easily but the fumes will happily explode and when your loading on a tanker you get lots of fumes/air being vented as the liquid takes up that space. Normally though, once loaded or ballasted then a blanket of Inert Gas will be put into the tank to push the Oxygen content down below 8% (we try to keep it below 5% or 3%). Whilst the vessel is sailing, then you can use normal torches and cameras on deck to your hearts content, the chance of explosion is minimal (i've even had a BBQ on a tankers deck before, however we followed our SMS and ensure that it was Xmeters away from the nearest tank), however these should never be used during cargo operations. Even cigarette lighters are "banned" on ship, one should carry safety matches.

                  LNG is a whole different ball game though. This stuff is cold! If it hits your deck and you don't have water running, then it will crack your deck! During cargo operations, the manifold area (where the pipes connect to) will normally have a blanket of water running along the deck, so that if any LNG liquid touches it, then it flashes off to the atmosphere fairly quickly.

                  When it comes to torches, well chiefy has already answered those, but if you're going to be an engineering cadet, then I would reccommend investing some money in a decent torch. In my experience, ones on ship tended to be a bit ****. Here is a good example of a torch I would buy and at ?30, is not pricing out a cadet.

                  http://www.safety-marine.co.uk/searc...roof-torch.htm
                  I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                  All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for all the answers, very interesting and makes sense to me now!

                    Tankers are what I hope to specialise in once I have completed my Cadetship so it is always interesting to read any articles or threads related to them.

                    My first sea phase will be with North Link Ferries while my second sea phase should be on Tankers, so I will wait until neared the time before purchasing the correct torch but thanks for the link
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SWonder View Post
                      Thanks for all the answers, very interesting and makes sense to me now!

                      Tankers are what I hope to specialise in once I have completed my Cadetship so it is always interesting to read any articles or threads related to them.

                      My first sea phase will be with North Link Ferries while my second sea phase should be on Tankers, so I will wait until neared the time before purchasing the correct torch but thanks for the link
                      Doesn't matter what ship type you're on. If you're going to be crawling around tanks then you'll need an intrinsic torch. Better off taking one...
                      I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                      All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                      • #12
                        Ah righto.......guess I totally missed the point!!!

                        I will pick one up then, thanks once again
                        Newly qualified Officer #ClubMember

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SWonder View Post
                          Ah righto.......guess I totally missed the point!!!

                          I will pick one up then, thanks once again
                          Not a problem. I've set up a big tanker thread so if you have any more tanker questions, go on there. I've served or work with all different tankers out there so ask away.
                          I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                          All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by danielbv07 View Post
                            Hi Hatty, I had an interview with Clyde a while back (also at Fleetwood) and from what I can remember it was a pretty relaxed affair. I think deck interviews tend to be slightly less technical than engineering, so if you know one end of a ship from the other and have read their literature you will be absolutely fine!

                            Good luck and let us know how you get on!

                            As for the post about torches, I presume that means I won't be able to make use of my maglite

                            cheers keep hearing about this stuff you should read, do they send you it or is it on there website or what? cheers x

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                            • #15
                              Hi Hatty, I think Clyde still send out a couple of information leaflets to you when they write to you confirming the details of your interview; all of this information is available on the Clyde Marine Training website. Just make sure you have read the about us/careers sections of the CMT website from cover to cover (so to speak), if you haven't already that is

                              Dan

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