Seafarer's Question Answers

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

So we want to measure certain distance on the ship. We can either stretch out the measurement tape and measure it but it would be a tedious process and with error too.

This is because it would be difficult to measure across the ship's edges and some areas might be inaccessible.

Alternatively w

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Anything that can be erased and rewritten without getting noticed cannot be an acceptable means of writing deck logbook or official logbooks.

So the log books cannot be written with an erasable pen.

Even if something needs to be corrected in the log book, it needs to be done by striking the e

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Classification society does not issue any plan, they just approve it or endorse it. So if there is any change in the fire plan, it is the duty of the shipowners (and master) to present the new fire plan to the classification society for approval and endorsement.

Now the question is how to amend the

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Calibration with gas bottles is called span correction and I will use that term in this answer.

Let us understand the zero correction and span correction in gas meters. Let us say that we get following readings at various levels or concentration of a gas.

You would see that in this case we have

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Apart from the points made by Vinod, if a ship drags her anchor we need to act fast to avoid contact with other vessels in the vicinity. 

Time will be short and we cannot allow ourself to use a share of this time in having the steering ready.

Steering gear must be ready and operational while

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

We all know that most of the lifeboats of titanic were lowered with half the lifeboat capacity. Do you know why?

Because people thought the lifeboats would break if it is filled to its capacity. 

What can be done to have our confidence in our equipments and the ship? If we are sure that our

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

If the vessel has a condition of class, it is allowed to sail and carry out operations as usual with the deficiency that contributed to having the condition of class imposed.

Port state cannot detain the ship because of this deficiency or even list that as a deficiency because it has tempora

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

I have heard many explanations for why the give way vessel in a crossing situation shall avoid crossing ahead of the other vessel. The most common explanation I hear is that you do not want to be in direct line with a vessel approaching towards you.

But all these explanations do not make any s

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Let us be frank here. We seafarers (including Masters) do not understand how the shipping business works.

I’m not trying to be rude––heck, I tell this to myself every day! I’m trying to make a point.

The things that may look logical to us can land us in trouble if

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

I am not sure if you meant "Full Ahead" or "Full away". But I will answer with both scenarios.

Full away to Stop

Let us say that the ship is proceeding at sea with navigation full (Full away) speed. Now if we put the telegraph to "STOP", nothing would happen and the e