Survival Equipment

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Survival Equipment is fundamental to safe operations at sea. Vessels are outfitted with inflatable life rafts; survival suits, PFDs, EPIRBs and other survival gear. Crews are must become very familiar with these special items of survival gear through training during the orientation process, onboard training sessions, and “hands-on” periodic drills. Survival gear must always be kept readily accessible and fully prepared. This quiz tests the student’s Knowledge and understanding of the BMLP policies and procedures regarding survival equipment as described in Section 5 of the BMLP RCP.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The Safety Manager is responsible for the availability of sufficient survival equipment onboard each boat for all crew members and any additional personnel temporarily sailing onboard
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    The Master is responsible and accountable for conducting abandon ship and man overboard drills involving life rafts, survival suits, and all other Survival Gear. These drills should be conducted daily and recorded in the Daily Log and/or Safety/Training meeting records.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Crewmembers:
    • A. 

      Are personally responsible to be proficient at donning a survival suit and proper use of all other personal survival gear.

    • B. 

      Are personally responsible to know how to deploy the inflatable life raft and EPIRB when ordered by the Master, Mate, or senior crewmember remaining in-charge

    • C. 

      Are expected to know how to broadcast a “MAYDAY” call.

    • D. 

      All the above.

  • 4. 
    Crewmembers should remove their survival suit from its storage pouch and conduct a visual inspection. This should be done routinely (preferably once per work cycle) to ensure the survival suit is ready for emergency use.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    It is not necessary to make sure the suit is dry and ready for use before it has been folded, rolled, and packed back it its storage pouch.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    The total number of survival suits onboard must equal or exceed to total number of assigned crew plus other temporary personnel on the tug.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Every crewmember onboard a tug should know where the life raft is stowed, how to prepare it for use, and who is authorized to order its release in case of emergency.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Regarding the liferaft, every member of the crew should be able to
    • A. 

      Let go the hydrostatic release and the tie-down gripe assembly

    • B. 

      Identify preferred launching sites onboard the tug

    • C. 

      Be aware of the sound signals or spoken orders the tug Master has prepared for these preparatory and launching activities in case of emergency

    • D. 

      All the above.

  • 9. 
    PFDs, when properly worn, will help keep you afloat with your head above water longer that you can tread water.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Specific times PFDs or Work Vest must be worn
    • A. 

      At all times at night and reduced visibility when working on any deck or barge, a PFD or Work Vest should be worn topside

    • B. 

      At all times when located on the tug’s main deck or the barge, a PFD or Work Vest should be worn.

    • C. 

      At all times, day or night, when located on any deck or the barge, if deck conditions are slippery with ice, snow, oil, etc. or any other factor that could cause a person to slip and fall overboard a PFD or Work Vest should be worn.

    • D. 

      When sea conditions are rough (generally Sea State 3 or above) but at anytime there is a danger of being swept/or falling overboard from the tug or barge, a PFD or Work Vest should be worn

    • E. 

      All the above.

  • 11. 
    At night or in rough seas no crewmember should go out on deck without first notifying the wheelhouse on exit and return.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    When the EPIRB is tested, it must be done so properly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Incorrect testing may cause false signals, alerting of authorities inappropriately and violation of FCC and USCG Regulations.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Life rings with strobe lights are required to be onboard and rigged and readily accessible on topside decks.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False