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OOW Question-Fitness for Duty-The Answer

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Question: Who can be an officer of the watch (OOW)

Answer: An officer in charge of a navigational watch shall be qualified in accordance with the requirements of STCW 95. Under no circumstances is it permitted for an un-qualified person to take charge of a navigational watch

Note-It is the responsibility of the owner or operator, and Master to ensure that every navigational watchkeeping officer is appropriately qualified with respect to the size of the vessel and limitations in the area of operation.

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OOW Question- Who can be the officer of a watch?

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These series of questions now move on to the subject of fitness for duty as officer of the watch.

Question: Who can be an officer of the watch (OOW)?

A bit of Revision

Rule 7 Risk of Collision
(a) Every vessel shall use all available means appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions to determine if risk of collision exists. If there is any doubt such risk shall be deemed to exist.

 

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COLREG weekly question- Sole lookout-The Answer

Question: What is the UK’s MCA’s view on the use of the OOW as sole lookout?

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Answer: The MCA considers it dangerous and irresponsible for the OOW to act as sole look-out during periods of darkness or restricted visibility.

Note-The UK M Notice MGN 137 covers the subject of Look-out during periods of darkness and restricted visibility. Some of the key points from this notice are:

Ships are not operate with the OOW as the sole lookout during periods of Darkness

An additional lookout should be posted at any other times during restricted visibility or when the prevailing circumstances require.

All ships must maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions, so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.

Failure to maintain proper look can result in prosecution, including custodial sentence.

Watchkeeping arrangements for the ship are at all times adequate for maintaining safe navigational watches, having regard to the STCW Code.

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COLREG weekly question-Sole lookout

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This week’s question is the final one of the general OOW questions, next week the posts will be moving on to ‘fitness for duty’.

Question: What is the MCA’s view on the use of the OOW as sole lookout?

Whilst pondering on the answer have a quick revision of this paragraph of Rule 3, Definitions:

(l) The term “restricted visibility” means any condition in which visibility is restricted by fog, mist, falling snow, heavy rainstorms, sandstorms or any other similar causes.

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OOW weekly Answer-When can the OOW use the vessel’s engines?

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Question: When can you as officer of the watch use the vessel’s engines?

Answer: The vessel’s engines are at your disposal as  the OOW, and there should be no hesitation in using them in case of need. Where possible, timely notice of intended variations of engine speed should be given to the duty engineer.

Note– As OOW you should know the handling characteristics of the vessel, including its stopping distance, and should appreciate that other vessels may have different handling

characteristics.

A reminder- Rule 8 States:

(e) If necessary to avoid collision or allow more time to assess the situation, a vessel shall slacken her speed or take all way off by stopping or reversing her means of propulsion.

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Weekly COLREG question-When can the OOW use the vessel’s engines?

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Before the second of the general Officer of the watch questions, here is a reminder of the words of the most important COLREG rule- Rule 5 Look out.

Rule 5-Lookout Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and risk of collision

Question: When can you use the vessel’s engines as OOW?

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Officer of the watch prime responsibilities-The Answer

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This week’s question was-What are the officer of the watch’s two prime responsibilities?

Answer: As the Master’s representative the OOW  is primarily responsible at all times for the safe navigation of the vessel and for complying with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions At Sea.

-Safe Navigation
-Compliance with the COLREGS

Note-The OOW shall also be aware of the serious effects of pollution of the marine environment and shall take all possible precautions to prevent such pollution.

Remember

Rule 1 (a) These rules shall apply to all vessels upon the high seas and in all waters connected therewith navigable by sea going vessels.

The answer to the bonus question was that the vessel is Not Under Command.

Two balls=NUC.

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The Officer of the watch prime responsibities-The question

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After a brief break in the weekly COLREG questions, here they are again. In this series of posts however the COLREGS will be used to widen the subject outwards to general officer of the watch topics. So if you are studying for OOW exams-follow the blog.

The questions and answers are based on official publications, including the UK Mnotice -MGN 315 ‘The keeping a safe navigational watch on Merchant vessels’.  This Mnotice gives the UK’s guidance on complying with the requirements of STCW 95 and its code. A good read for those facing UK MCA examiners. For those of you working under other flags, have a check on line for similar guidance issued by the flag state.

So here is the first question-

Question: What are the officer of the watches two prime responsibilities?

And as a bonus question- What does the shapes being shown in the picture signify?

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Weekly COLREG Question: What is a vessel-The answer

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The word “vessel” includes every description of water craft, including non-displacement craft and seaplanes, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.
Rule 3(a)

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