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MODULE 2G: Safety Equipment


The participant who has completed the module will be able to understand:

  • Life-saving appliances and arrangements;
  • Navigation equipment;
  • Fire detection and fire alarm systems and equipment;
  • Fire-extinguishing system and equipment;
  • Fire control plans;
  • Pilot ladders and pilot hoists;
  • Lights, shapes and sound signals; and
  • Inert gas systems..


The assessment methods will be to choose the best answer from a selection of alternatives.

In the method of objective evaluation, only be accepted one correct answer is valid, and never more than one selection within the same question since they will be automatically considered incorrect.  The participants approve the course with a score equal to or greater than 70% of the total value of the assessment. All evaluations will be based on a Total Score of 100.

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Exam Questions

1. Cargo ships shall carry at least one (1) rescue boat complying with the requirements of section 5.1 of the LSA Code. A lifeboat may be accepted as a rescue boat, provided that it and its launching and recovery arrangements also comply with the requirements for a rescue boat.

2. All life-saving appliances and arrangements shall comply with the applicable requirements of the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) by resolution MSC. 48(66), as it may be amended by the IMO.

3. Cargo ships shall carry not less than the number of lifebuoys complying with the requirements of regulation 7.1 and section 2.1 of the LSA Code prescribed as specified below:

4. Lights fitted on lifejackets on board cargo ships prior to 1-July-1998 and not complying fully with paragraph 2.2.3 of the LSA Code may be accepted by the Administration until the lifejacket light would normally be replaced or until the first periodical survey after 1-July-2001, whichever is the earliest.

5. An immersion suit, complying with the requirements of section 2.3 of the LSA Code or an anti-exposure suit complying with section 2.4 of the LSA Code, of an appropriate size, shall be provided for every person assigned to crew the rescue boat or assigned to the marine evacuation system party. If the ship is constantly engaged in warm climates where, in the opinion of the Administration thermal protection is unnecessary, this protective clothing need not be carried.

6. Cargo ship survival craft embarkation arrangements shall be so designed that lifeboats can be boarded and launched directly from the stowed position and davit-launched liferafts can be boarded and launched from a position immediately adjacent to the stowed position or from a position to which the liferaft is transferred prior to launching.

7. All ships irrespective of size shall have:

8. All ships of 300 gross tonnage and upwards engaged on international voyages and cargo ships of 500 gross tonnage and upwards not engaged on international voyages and passenger ships irrespective of size shall be fitted with an automatic identification system (AIS)

9. "A" class divisions are those divisions formed by bulkheads and decks which comply with the following criteria:

10. They are insulated with approved non-combustible materials such that the average temperature of the unexposed side will not rise more than 140°C above the original temperature, nor will the temperature, at any one point, including any joint, rise more than 180°C above the original temperature, within the time listed below:

11. Fire Safety Systems Code (FSS Code) means the International Code for Fire Safety Systems as adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee of the Organization by resolution MSC.98(73), as may be amended by the IMO

12. For open-top container holds and on deck container stowage areas on ships designed to carry containers on or above the weather deck, constructed on or after 1-January-2016, fire protection arrangements shall be provided for the purpose of containing a fire in the space or area of origin and cooling adjacent areas to prevent fire spread and structural damage

13. Ships of 500 gross tonnage and upwards shall be provided with at least one international shore connection complying with the Fire Safety Systems (FSS) Code. Facilities shall be available enabling such a connection to be used on either side of the ship.

14. Fire hoses shall have a length of at least 10 m, but not more than:

15. In addition to the fire protection systems and appliances applicable to all ships, tankers shall develop a maintenance plan for:

16. A duplicate set of fire control plans or a booklet containing such plans shall be permanently stored in a prominently marked weathertight enclosure outside the deckhouse for the assistance of shore-side firefighting personnel

17. Inert gas systems apply to:

18. Ships engaged on voyages in the course of which pilots may be employed shall be provided with pilot transfer arrangements.

19. The positioning and technical details of lights and shapes including the vertical and horizontal positioning and spacing of lights are regulated by the International Regulations for preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGS)

20. A vessel of 12 metres or more in length shall be provided with a whistle, a vessel of 20 metres or more in length shall be provided with a bell in addition to a whistle, and a vessel of 100 metres or more in length shall, in addition, be provided with a gong, the tone and sound of which cannot be confused with that of the bell. The bell or gong or both may be replaced by other equipment having the same respective sound characteristics, provided that manual sounding of the required signals shall always be possible