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Some basic questions that are asked in MEO CLASS IV MMD exams in GENERAL,MEP,MOTOR,BOILER,STEERING GEAR and so on.

General

Q.Starting from a cold ship, the emergency generator is running flash the ship up to full away
Q.Describe the location of General alarm push buttons in the engineroom
Q. Talk through an engineroom walkround on your last vessel

Steering gear

Q. Describe the emergency steering procedure on you last vessel
Q. Describe the steering gear fitted to your last vessel - for electro hydraulic plant he may be interested in the power supply
Q. What is special about the overload protection for the steering gear motors

Short Circuit protection and were appropriate-single phase protection is fitted. In addition instead of overcurrent protection an Overload alarm is fitted set to operate at not less than twive normal running current.
Q. Describe the steering gear tests before leaving port
Q. Describe the workings of the steering gear hunting gear- including protection for heavy sea effects on the rudder.
Q describe the daily checks you make on the steering gear
Q Describe the effects of air in the steering gear ( if you have hydraulic telemotors system - the effects of air in this)

Bilge systems

Q. Describe the restrictions for pumping bilge water with respect to you last vessel (be aware of latest M-Notices)
Q. What checks are made on the operation of the Bilge separator
Q. Describe the procedure for pumping bilges
Q. What alarms and shutdowns are fitted
Q what special provision is made for evacuating the bilges i.e emergency suctions/pumps including cargo areas.
Q. Give likely causes to poor pumping performance of the bilge system

Fuel system

Q. Sketch and describe the fuel system on your last vessel
Q. What safety devices, alarms and shut downs are fitted
Q. What problems would be cause by over/under heating of the fuel ( Heavy or marine fuel oil only)
Q. Describe the procedure for changing over form Heavy to Diesel and vice versa - Be very, very careful here as it is not as easy as what it sounds !!
Q. Describe the effects of water contamination, what are the likely sources, how would you rectify the problem
Q. What protection is there against fuel leakage
Q. Describe the procedure for transfer/ loading of bunkers

Cooling water

Q. Sketch and describe the system fitted to your last vessel
Q. What safety devices, alarms and shut downs are fitted
Q. Describe the cooling water treatment, testing , expected results, effects of under/over treatment
Q. What temperature regulation was fitted on the fresh water system, what are the effects of under/over cooling on the plant

Power generation

Q. Describe the power generation plant fitted to your last vessel
Q. Describe the method of running up the prime mover ( steam and/or motor)- you may be asked about the protection devices fitted as well as any routing testing done and daily checks
Q. Describe the method of synchronising a generator on to a live board
Q. What are the effects of putting a generator on to a live board, what is the protection against this.
Q. Describe the protection devices fitted on the main bus bars and distribution circuits
Q. what provision is there for electrical supply following failure of the main generation plant
Q. Where are the location of emergency 24v lighting.

Fixed fire fighting and protection

Q. What daily checks are carried out on the fire and smoke detection equipment - this is not as easy as it appears.
Q. Describe the location of fire and smoke detection heads
Q. Describe the different types of smoke and fire detection equipment fitted to your last vessel
Q. What is the procedure following the activation of a smoke /fire detector -- or general alarm
Q. Describe the workings of certain types of detector- you would be very unlucky to get this one
Q Describe the various fire protection systems fitted to your last vessel
Q. Describe the procedure before release of the bulk Fire fighting system into the machinery space
Q. What type of portable extinguisher would be used on ---- fire ( fill in the blank)
Q. describe the testing, refilling procedure for various portable fire fighting devices
Q. Describe the testing procedure of the bulk fixed fire fighting installation
Q. Describe the dangers of having combination Bilge/ Ballast/ Fire fighting pumps
Q. Describe the testing and requirements of the emergency fire fighting system on your last vessel

Boilers

Q. Describe the safety devices fitted to a boiler
Q. describe your routine checks
q. describe the blowdown procedure for a gauge glass- very common question
Q. Describe the procedure for flashing the boiler
Q. Describe the effects of insufficient/ too much air supply
Q. Describe the Requirements for testing of boiler/ feed water.
Q. Describe the procedure for testing of boiler/Feed water- give expected results
q. what are the effects of over/under chemical dosing
Q. What are the safety precautions when dealing with boiler chemicals
Q. Describe the procedure for testing boiler safety valves
Q. Describe the Boiler mountings fitted on you last vessel
Q. What are the dangers of lighting a boiler without proper purging
Q. Describe a furnace inspection carried out on your last vessel
Q. Describe the procedure for blowing soot. How often carried out
Q. What are the effects of insufficient soot blow
Q. describe your action when dealing with an uptake ( economiser fire)
Q. Describe your actions when dealing with a windbox fire
Q. Describes your action in the event of insufficient feed water generation capacity. - really a class two question but he may require you to demonstrate a knowledge of water consumption with the plant.

Main engine-Steam Turbine

Q. Describe the safety devices fitted
Q. describe the routine checks carried out
Q. Describe the procedure for preparing and shutting down the engine prior to and after sailing
Q. Explain the need for warming through
Q. describe the need for turning the engine when on stand-by
Q. Describe the effects of insufficient/too much gland steams supply
Q. Describe the effects of loss of condenser vacuum
Q. Describe the effects of salt water leakage into the condenser
Q. Describe the effects of operating the vessel with a partially shut throttling valve - ALmost certainly class two only
Q. Explain the reasons for and effects of boiler carryover
Q. Describe the consequences of operating the plant with too high/ Low superheat temperature
Q. describe the need for boiler steam superheating

Main engine-Diesel

( some of these may be asked in regard to diesel generators fitted to vessels you have sailed on.
Q. Describe the safety devices fitted
Q. describe the routine checks carried out
Q. Explain the need for pre-heating by heating the jacket water
Q. Describe the procedure for preparing and shutting down the engine prior to and after sailing
Q. describe the need for turning the engine when preparing the engine
Q. Describe a crankcase/Scavenge inspection
Q. Describe the effects of under/over cylinder lubrication- slow speed
Q. describe your action when dealing when dealing with a scavenge fire
Q. describe your action when dealing with an uptake ( economiser) fire

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