I assume you refer to Annex B on Maritime laws and regulations, and Annex C on stability and ship construction. The former will take you about 20 hours to research (that's how it's designed, get googling, all the required information is available on line. tip... http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/acts-regulation ... 001c26.htm
The intro to this Annex says:
"Applicants who intend to complete this annex in lieu of the approved training need to be familiar with the Canada Shipping Act and the Air Pollution Regulations, the Pollutant Substances Regulations, the Pollutant Discharge Reporting Regulations and the Oil Pollution Prevention Regulations made pursuant to the Act, as well as with the MARPOL and SOLAS Conventions.
One should expect that with proper documentation in hand, approximately 20 hours will be required to complete this annex; upon completion, it must presented to a Marine Safety examiner for assessment."
Annex C will depend on how keen you are to crawl around bilges to find and sketch the components required. (and get hold of a book on basic Naval Architechture and stability, you'll need it for 2nd Class anyway.)
The intro to this annex says:
"Applicants who intend to complete this annex in lieu of the approved training need to have on hand good manuals on ship stability and naval architecture.
One should expect that with proper documentation in hand, approximately 40 hours will be required to complete this annex; upon completion, it must presented to a Marine Safety examiner for assessment."
The TRB is designed as your future resource, it's yours to keep once TCMS has sighted it, so any value you get out of it will depend entirely on what you put into it. It's designed to make you work for it. By all means ask for assistance aboard the ship in which you serve, you'll find that Marine Engineers are, generally speaking, more than willing to help someone who wants to learn. (There are exceptions, of course, I've met one or two in my time) However, asking someone all the answers to all the points in both of these Annexes totally defeats the purpose of the TRB. Don't be too surprised if the TC Examiner grills your ass on what you put in the book. If you have made an honest effort to do the research, you'll have no problem with TC and you'll have a valuable reference for the future. (I'm still using my Apprenticeship notes as reference) However, if you have copied without understanding, or written without comprehending, you will flounder and possibly founder when you hear "Do it again."
The TRB is here, if you need more copies:http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/tp ... u-1618.htm
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