Excerpt from U.S. Coast Guard Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council magazine. Nautical Deck Queries Answers Part—2.
1. A star is observed at lower transit. The line of position derived from this sight is_____.
A. on the prime vertical
B. a latitude line
Correct answer. A sight taken when a body is either due north or due south of the observer, while transiting the observer’s meridian, yields a line of position extending in an east-west direction. This is a parallel of latitude when plotted.
C. a longitude line
D. of no special significance
2. BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND: Which signal may at some time be exhibited by a trawling vessel?
A. two white lights in a vertical line
B. a white light over a red light in a vertical line
C. two red lights in a vertical line
D. all of the above
Correct answer. Annex II of the Navigation Rules defines additional signals for fishing vessels fishing in close proximity. The annex includes signals for trawlers and states: “Vessels of twenty meters or more in length when engaged in trawling, whether using demersal or pelagic gear, shall exhibit:
(i) when shooting their nets: two white lights in a vertical line
(ii) when hauling their nets: one white light over one red light in a vertical line
(iii) when the net has come fast upon an obstruction: two red lights in a vertical line.”
3. An International Tonnage Certificate will be issued to a vessel when it meets several requirements, one of which is that the vessel must__________.
A. admeasure over 100 GT
B. be 79 or more feet in length
Correct answer. As per 46 CFR 69.69, on request of the vessel owner, an International Tonnage Certificate (1969) is issued for a vessel measured under this subpart that is 79 feet or more in registered length and that will engage on a foreign voyage. The certificate is issued to the vessel owner or master and must be maintained on board the vessel when it is engaged on a foreign voyage.
C. engage in intercoastal or international trade
D. be issued a certificate of inspection
4. Wages due a seaman may be attached by the court for the__________.
A. payment of any fines imposed by the court
B. payment of back taxes to the IRS
C. support of a spouse
Correct answer. As per 46 USC Sec 11109(a), wages due or accruing to a master or seaman are not subject to attachment or arrestment from any court, except for an order of a court about the payment by a master or seaman of any part of the master’s or seaman’s wages for the support and maintenance of the spouse or minor children of the master or seaman, or both.
D. all of the above
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