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MarEng Learning Tool - Suggestions for classroom work

UNIT 6 In the Fairway

Pair Work. Ask and answer the following questions: 1. What cargo is the Marina carrying? 2. From where is she leaving? 3. What is her destination? 4. What speed is she making? 5. What is her draught and list? 6. What navigational warning is heard on the radio? 7. Is there any other traffic in the fairway? 8. Where is the Diana turning?

UNIT 8 Mayday Mayday

1) Print out the text and answer these questions in pairs. 1. What has happened to the Ocean King? 2. Who receives her Mayday message? 3. What was the position of the vessel in distress? 4. What was the Utopias ETA at the scene of the accident? 5. What had happened to the Viking Princess? 6. How did the First Officer carry out the rescue operations? 2) Write a short summary of this text. Use your own sentence structure; do not simply copy the text. E-mail your text to your teacher. Do you remember the Viking Princess last year, John? Captain James asks. Indeed I do, I remember the incident very well. What incident was that, asks Timo, whose curiosity has been aroused. This was when you were on sick leave Timo, says John. It was last year that we received a mayday message from The Viking Princess in the English Channel. She was a very small vessel and had engine trouble. When the Marina arrived she was sinking. Captain James first went to windward of the Viking Princess and lay with the wind on the weather bow. I had a lifeboat lowered on the leeside, we took her to the Viking Princess and managed to take on the distressed crew.

I remember the sea was quite rough, it was cold and the poor chaps from the Viking Princess were rather shaken up. Boy, were they grateful when we arrived in time! Yes, you were quite the hero there, werent you John, teases Captain James.

3) The Third Mate of the Marina talked about a voyage he made some ten years ago on another ship. Print out the text and answer these questions in pairs. 1. What kind of a ship did Mr Brown work on 10 years ago? 2. What was the cargo? What happened to it? 3. What were the weather conditions? 4. How many degrees was the ships list? 5. What orders did the Captain give? 6. How did they correct the list?

I remember once some 10 years ago when I was working on a cargo vessel carrying sand. We were carrying a cargo of nearly 6,000 tons of sand when the vessel encountered a heavy storm with wind gusts of up to 60 knots and seas of a height of 25 to 30 feet. The ships speed was about 11 knots and she was almost beam on to the wind and was rolling up to 35 to 40. Suddenly she took a few heavy rolls of more than 40/50. The sand in the bags was squeezed, and the cargo shifted in the lower hold as well as in the between decks about 6 feet to the port side. This made the ship list to port 10 to 15. The bridge gave orders to reduce speed and the ship heaved to the wind. The English Coastguard was alerted and I, along with the deck crew, inspected No 4 hold, which was closest to the accommodation. We found that the cargo had shifted but there was no damage and no water in the holds. We managed to correct the list by ballasting the starboard topside tanks, and we then resumed our voyage at full speed with a list of 4 degrees to port. There was no injury to the crew and no damage to the cargo, and we later arrived safely in port. But it is a voyage Ill never forget.

UNIT 10 At Sea; Changing the Watch

Read the text At sea and answer the following questions. 1. Where is the Marina now? 2. What is Captain James doing? 3. What is the helmsman doing? 4. What compasses are there on board? 5. Where is the ships position recorded? 6. How is a sextant used? 7. What other ways are there to take bearings from the land or from seamarks? 8. Why is the radar scanner installed very high? 9. What is radio direction finding? 10. Where are the radio beacons built? 11. What can you do if you want to find out how deep the water is? 12. When must the position be calculated by dead reckoning?

UNIT 11 Survival in an Emergency

Read through the text closely a couple of times. How much can you remember? Try to answer the following questions without looking at the text. 1. What should one remember to do if ordered to abandon ship? 2. Who takes command during survival after shipwreck? Name some decisions he has to make! 3. Your first priority after shipwreck is protection. What can you do to protect yourself from the environment? From illness? 4. Your second priority is location. How can you assist search and rescue operations? 5. Your third priority is water. What is important to know and remember? 6. Your fourth priority is food. What are important instructions to follow?

UNIT 12 Helicopter Rescue

Pair or Group work. Ask and answer these questions on the text. 1. How was Peter Green, the injured motorman, prepared for hoisting? 2. What other important preparations were made on board the Marina before the helicopter arrived? 3. From which direction does the helicopter usually approach the ship? Why? 4. Why is it so important that the crew are briefed before the helicopter arrives? 5. Why does Captain James give the order to illuminate the vessel? 6. How is it done?

UNIT 13 Trespassing: An Encounter with the Coast Guard

1) Pair or Group work. Ask and answer these questions on the text. 1. How did weather conditions change after the helicopter rescue operations? 2. What happened when the Marina was south of Helsinki? 3. How was the navigational equipment affected? 4. Who was on the bridge? What mistake did he make? 5. What special regulations are there for ships in a restricted area? 6. Give four important questions Mustasaari asked Captain James. 7. What documents did Mustasaari ask to see? 8. What mistakes did the Marina make? 2) Go through the interrogation record (pdf). For each item write a question or an explanation in English to be used when questioning a foreigner.

3) Pair Work. One is the Coast Guard Officer the other is the ships Master. Print out the form (pdf) and fill in the form with facts from the case below asking and answering in English. CASE: Foreign merchant vessel Honor has anchored without permission in position 50 57`N, 024 16`E. The national flag is not flying. A Coast Guard patrol boat notices the vessel. Coast Guard Officer Mustasaari takes radio contact and boards the vessel to interrogate the Captain.

Facts on Honor
Port of registry is Liverpool. Owner United Shipping Ltd, nationality British Gross tonnage is 10 000 Gross tons Cargo: timber Crew: 12 men, 10 from England two from Morocco without visas Captain: John Keller, from Norwich Alleged cause of anchoring engine trouble INSPECTING VESSELS These are phrases that might be used by Coast Guard authorities: 1. I would like to speak to your Captain immediately. 2. We are from the Coast Guard. 3. What is your port of registry? 4. From which country are you arriving? 5. Show me the following documents: the Muster Roll (crew list) the Ships Manifest (cargo list) the Customs Clearance identification papers log-book 6. Have you got the following equipment on board? diving equipment (diving here without a special permit is prohibited) photographic equipment (it is forbidden to photograph military objects) arms (a licence to carry arms is required, it can be sought from the local police) fishing gear (a fishing licence may be granted by the post office or the land owner) animals (should be taken to the Customs)

7. Have you got anything to declare? 8. How long are you going to stay in Finland? 9. Please go to the fairway. 10. Your navigation lights are not visible. Switch on your navigation lights. 11. Hoist your national flag! 12. Do you need assistance? with your engines fuel charts information medical assistance 13. Please show me the following equipment: fire extinguishers life-jackets and life-buoys bilge pumps oars and boathook anchor and line 14. We are going to inspect your vessel. 15. Go to the nearest Customs Control. 16. You may proceed. 17. Follow us. 18. We will take you on tow. 19. You are in a (name of nationality, for example Finnish) territory. 20. Please leave (for example) the Finnish territory immediately. 21. You are in (for example) a Finnish fishing-zone. 22. Please leave the fishing-zone immediately. 23. Stay here. 24. Have a good journey! 25. Heave up your anchor!