Cargo Level I Examination

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

SubjectKnowledge Required
CompetenceMonitor the loading, stowage, securing, care during the voyage and the unloading of cargoes.
Knowledge of the effect of cargo including heavy lifts on the seaworthiness and stability of the shipSecuring Cargoes
Basic knowledge of the content, application and ability to use the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing.
Knowledge of safe handling, stowage and securing of cargoes including dangerous, hazardous and harmful cargoes and their effect on the safety of life and of the shipCargo Care
Inspection and preparation of holds; Segregation and separation of cargoes; Ventilation and control.Dangerous, Hazardous and Harmful Cargoes
Basic knowledge of the content, application and ability to use the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code; Basic knowledge of the content, application and ability to use the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations; Knowledge of the content, application and ability to use the IMO Emergency procedures for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods (EmS), the IMO Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods (MFAG) and the International Medical Guide for Ships (IMGS); Knowledge of the content, application and ability to use Part 1, Section 5 – Dangerous goods (packaged) of the Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations.Cargo Handling Equipment and Safety
Practical knowledge of the rigging of ships, comprising the names, purpose and construction of standing and running rigging; Reeving of blocks and purchases; Rigging of booms; Purposes and construction of the various parts of a boom; Stresses on the various parts of a boom system during operation; Top, lower derricks safely, securing derricks for sea; Use of slings, snotters, canvas slings, trays, pallets, nets, chain slings, cant hooks, bale hooks and vehicle slings; Precautions to be taken when fork-lift trucks or similar devices are used in the tween-decks or holds; Visual inspections required before the start of cargo operations each day and the frequent inspections of gear while in use for cargo operations; Safe Working Load; Basic knowledge of the content, application and ability to use the Safe Working Practices Regulations; The need for accident prevention and precautions to be taken in ship operation; Hatch covers;Knowledge of Part III – Tackle of the Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations and associated documentations.

Oil tanker Piping and Pumping Arrangements
Tanker Arrangement; Cargo piping system; Cargo pumps.
Precautions before entering enclosed or contaminated spaces

Procedures and precautions for entry into enclosed spaces
Gas monitoring equipment, fixed and portable; Personnel safety equipment, clothing and personal protection; Shipboard emergency plan; Check list to obtain a permit to enter; Ventilation.

Cargo calculations and Cargo plans
Bale capacity and grain capacity; Stowage factor, broken stowage; Maximum height to which cargo of stated stowage factor can be loaded; Ullage; Use tank calibration tables and given cargo density to calculate the weight in a tank; Use tank calibration tables and given weights and densities of cargo to determine the ullages required; Determine the ullage to leave to produce a given minimum ullage after allowing for expansion of cargo; Corrects densities for temperature; Extracts information from cargo plans of general cargo ships or container ships; Draw up a cargo plan from given information; Uses a hold capacity plan to estimate the depth of cargo in a hold or the area of tween-deck required for a given cargo; Uses a capacity plan to estimate the quantity of cargo, which can be loaded in part of a tween-deck.

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

  • Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations HTML or PDF
  • International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code in English or French
  • Safe Working Practices Regulations HTML or PDF
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act HTML or PDF
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations HTML or PDF

Recommended Books:

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

Available in English in hard cover 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 Marine Operations
D.J. House

7th ed. 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, containerisation, equipment and offshore supply.

Cargo Notes
Dhananjay Swadi

2nd ed. 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.

Cargo Work: The Care, Handling and Carriage of Cargoes
Capt. L.G. Taylor

12th ed., reprinted. Covers all aspects of cargo handling, stowage, shipping law in respect to cargo, the code of safe working practices, liquid natural gas, and liaison with port authorities.

Introduction to Marine Cargo Management
Mark Rowbotham

2nd ed. 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

3rd ed.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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