Controlling the Operation of Ship and Care for persons on board at Support Level

Course Topics

  • 6.1 Rope Work Knowledge
  • 6.1.1 Natural and synthetic Fiber ropes, wire ropes, cables and chains,including their construction, use, markings, maintenance and proper stowage
  • 6.1.2 Use marlin spike ,Whipping ,Knots Bends ,Hitches & Splicing of Ropes & Wires
  • 6.1.4 Rig and unrig pilot ladders, hoists, rat-guards and gangways
  • 6.1.4 Rig and unrig Bosuns chairs and staging
  • 6.1.5 Take precautions and climb a mast
  • 6.1.6 Blocks, Tackles Purchases
  • 6.2 Contribute to the safe operation of deck equipment and machinery
  • 6.2.1 Function and uses of valves and pumps, hoists, cranes, booms, and related equipment
  • 6.2.2 Function and uses winches, windlasses, capstans and related equipment
  • 6.2.3 Ability to use and understand basic signals for the operation of equipment, including winches, windlasses, cranes, and hoists
  • 6.2.4 Ability to operate anchoring equipment under various conditions,such as anchoring, weighing anchor, securing for sea, and in emergencies
  • 6.2.5 Access arrangements, hatches and hatch covers, ramps, side/bow/stern doors or elevators.
  • 6.3 Safe working practices and personal shipboard safety, incl Personal Protective Equipment- COSWP
  • 6.3.1. Safe working practices (General)
  • 6.3.2. Risk Assessment (Basic)
  • 6.3.3. Permit to Work System /Work-Permits/ Emergencies
  • 6.3.4. Safe Access to the Ship
  • 6.3.5. Safe Working Practices during Berthing / Un berthing, and Anchoring
  • 6.3.6. Safety Precautions, when working aloft
  • 6.3.7. Safety Precautions, when working over side
  • 6.3.8. Safety Precautions during working in enclosed spaces
  • 6.3.9. Safety Precautions, during manual lifting of weights
  • 6.3.10. Demonstrates working knowledge of electrical safety
  • 6.3.11. Safety precautions when climbing fixed vertical ladders and Portable ladders.
  • 6.3.12. Safety precautions when rigging scaffolding and using it
  • 6.3.13. Safety precautions when handling chemicals and strong detergents
  • 6.3.14. Communicate with other persons on board on elementary safety matters, understand safety Information symbols, signs and alarm signals
  • 6.3.15. Shipping Organization (National) & documents for seafarers
  • 6.3.16. International Organizations and Conventions
  • 6.3.17. Duties of a Gangway Watch in Port (intro to ISPS Code)
  • 6.4 Knowledge of flags and flag work
  • 6.4.1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of hoisting and dipping flags and the main single, National flag, courtesy flag,company flag, independent pendants
  • 6.4.2. Flag signals. A,
  • 6.4.3. Flag signals .B,
  • 6.4.4. Flag signals. G,
  • 6.4.5. Flag signals. H,
  • 6.4.6. Flag signals. O,
  • 6.4.7. Flag signals. P,
  • 6.4.8. Flag signals. Q
  • 6.5 Apply precautions and contribute to the prevention of pollution of the marine environment
  • 6.5.1 Sources of pollution at Sea from ship
  • 6.5.2 Damage to the environment
  • 6.5.3 Importance of prevention of pollution of the sea and means of preventing pollution; Basic knowledge of MARPOL 73/78
  • 6.5.4 Proactive measures to protect the marine environment
  • 6.5.5 Knowledge of the Use and operation of anti-pollution equipment.
  • 6.5.6 Disposal of Garbage and Exchange of ballast water

6.1 Rope Work Knowledge

Types of Ropes and Wires


  1. Natural fibers - Manila, hemp, coir, sisal, jute, flax &cotton





2. Synthetic fibers- Nylon, polythene, polypropylene and spectra






3.Steel wires- Steel wire, flexible steel wire, and extra flexible steel wire.






Use of Ropes

Ropes and wires are used for mooring the ship or jetty, buoy. They are also used for making slings for cargo operation and as messenger lines etc. Wires are used with the cargo gear on board such as derricks, cranes and for life boat davits, hoist, etc.