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MIN 679 - IMSBC - Coal and iron ore fines

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  • MIN 679 - IMSBC - Coal and iron ore fines

    Amended guidance on carriage of coal, and testing of iron ore fines.
    Due to continued incidents.
    Interestingly, have not seen these asked in particular in any OOW written exams in 2021 or 2022.
    Are they asked in orals?

  • #2
    My son, who had spent his entire career on Container ships was asked about the regs on the carriage of coal and coal fires in his Chief Mates Orals as well as parametric rolling! The thing is, your certificate is "unlimited" which means you can serve on any type of ship and, with a few exceptions such as DCE's, you are considered qualified! It was even worse when he passed his Masters because he then had to know so much more of the legal stuff as well. It all came to good use when he joined a ship in drydock and the 2nd Mate and Chief Mate were floundering over certificates and regulations and he just spouted it all out because it was so fresh in his mind from his Masters Orals!

    You just need to remember this:

    When I was a cadet I knew I did not know anything, but I was protected and safe because other people did not expect me to know it either. I had nothing to worry about.

    Once I had my shiny new Second Mates ticket and became a Third Mate I was fearless and I knew everything there was to know about being at sea.

    Promoted to Second Mate I realised that there were things I had missed, but still thought I knew everything I needed to know, but I began to worry a little.

    As Chief Officer I knew only half of what I needed to know – the job became stressful, it scared me, and I began to worry quite a lot.

    Finally as a Master I realised I was never going to know everything but I was not worried, or afraid, because I knew I had a third mate who knew everything!

    "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
    "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

    "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.


    • #3
      Hatchorder - Excellent point. You are right.