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Huge waves are common during Winter months


Life boat exercise using oars


The seas may not be so calm later!


Strong winds can blow a person overboard!


Putting on Fire Suit

Life boat and fire drill

Foreign-going ships travel on any ocean in the world and in all kinds of weather. The weather is especially bad during the winter months. Modern ships are made of steel, and they depend on the integrity of the watertight compartments in order to float. If there is a puncture in the hull or on the deck, flooding will take place. Depending on how badly the flooding occurred, the ship might eventually sink.

At college, the student for a Marine Engineering Course will go through training in the handling of the lifeboat. This gives him the confidence if later on he unfortunately has to
lifeboat, lifebuoy, fire training for emergency weather, evacuation, safety in the ocean, competent marine personnel abandon ship. Training on calm waters is a good start for the beginner. When he has gathered sufficient skills, rough water might be tried. It is also good to learn how to swim. In the real life situation, the ship may sink in the middle of a large ocean perhaps 2000 miles from the nearest land. It is not possible to swim to shore.

Fire can also occur because the ship is powered by combustion of fuel. Leakage's of fuel, overheating of machinery; accidental ignition of combustion gas and many causes can cause fire on board. If a fire occur, it must be put off immediately and prevented from spreading. Failure to extinguish a small fire will lead to the whole ship being on fire. There is no escape if the whole ship is on fire. Evacuation to the safety of lifeboats and abandoning ship is the only choice. All competent seamen must be able to fight fires. If needed, first aid has to be applied to injured persons. 


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