Cargo Level I Examination

The examination consists of a section of descriptive, calculation and simple drawing exercises and a section of multiple-choice questions.

The examination will test your competency in and knowledge of: loading, stowage, securing, care and unloading of cargoes. This includes such topics as how cargo will affect ship stability, care of dangerous/hazardous cargoes, cargo calculations and cargo plans.

The exam will also require the basic knowledge of how to read and use several regulations which will be available during the exam (these are listed below).

To see a full list and description of topics covered by the exam please refer to the exam’s Syllabus (Page 134, Section 8.8).

The following open-book resources will be allowed in the examination room:

Recommended Books:

CSS Code: Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing
International Maritime Organization

The syllabus notes that exam requires “basic knowledge of the content, application and ability to use the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing”. The code is available in English in hard cover or an Ebook and a French-language Ebook. The 2011 edition of the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) incorporates all amendments up to and including 2010. Guidance on providing safe working conditions for securing of containers on deck.


Cargo Work for Maritime Operations
D.J. House

Previously published as Kemp & Young’s Cargo Work, this new edition has been fully revised and expanded to comprehensively reflect unit load containerized systems that are now used in the majority of cargo shipping, while retaining the necessary detail on transporting key classes of cargoes safely, efficiently and profitably. This is an essential reference for merchant seamen internationally. The book covers general principles and the latest international regulations that affect all cargo work, including cargo types and key characteristics of a wide range of cargo classes. It also details Roll On-Roll Off cargo handling, containerization, equipment and offshore supply.


Cargo Notes
Dhananjay Swadi

Provides key points and summaries on all relevant Legislation and Codes and an Operational Overview for all of the main cargo types, from Bulk Carriers, RoRos, Reefers and Containers through to Tankers and Liquefied Gas Carriers. Designed to provide straightforward help to cadets and ships officers in summarizing the key sections of the Cargo Syllabus for Deck Officers in a clear and concise manner.


Introduction to Marine Cargo Management
Mark Rowbotham

A clear and comprehensive introduction to the principal elements involved in the management of marine cargo and the carriage of goods by sea. Not only does it analyse key theories and debates in the maritime freight sector, it is equally instructive on practice and logistics.


Marine Cargo Operations
Robert J. Meurm & Charles L. Sauerbier

Emphasizes containerization and responsibilities of officers for safe stowage. Contents include: the Harter Act, Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, Responsibilities, Plans, Lumber, Refrigerated Cargo, Ventilation, Hygroscopic Moisture, Dew Point Control, Psychrometry, Stresses and more.

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