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About this course

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All students attending on-campus courses at Warsash Maritime School must take a Covid-19 test before starting their training. For more information about Covid-19 testing, please read our guidance document.

This course provides specialist training for senior officers and any person with immediate responsibility for loading, discharging, care in transit or handling of bulk oil cargoes. 

The course is also for tanker terminal and ship management personnel, who will build on previous experience and gain a detailed appreciation of the safety aspects involved in the handling and carriage of oil cargoes.  

The course takes full account of Chapter V Regulation V/1-1, Chapter V Section A-V/1-1.2 and Table A-V/1-1-2 of the 2010 STCW Code and complies with the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) requirements as satisfying part of the prerequisites for issue of a tanker endorsement by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). 

What you'll learn

Course content includes: 

  • Certification and documentation 
  • Physics and chemistry 
  • Sources of ignition 
  • Electrical equipment 
  • Static electricity 
  • Cargo calculations 
  • Ship to shore liaison 
  • Cargo operations 
  • Crude oil washing 
  • Tank washing 
  • Enclosed space entry 
  • Gas detection instrumentation 
  • Health and toxicity 
  • Inert gas and Nitrogen systems 
  • Inert gas operations 
  • Cargo pumps 
  • Pollution control 


  • After 9 June 2015 
    Full basic training in oil and chemical tanker cargo operations. Candidates must have the Tanker Fire Fighting certificate which meets the requirements set out in tables A-V/1-1-1 and A-V/1-2-1 of the STCW Convention and Code as amended and be in possession of the appropriate certificate. 

Please refer to MIN 535 sections 4 and 6, and MSN 1866 for additional information. 

Please note that anyone not meeting the prerequisites will be issued with a letter of attendance rather than an STCW certificate. 

STCW Training in Tanker Fire Fighting

If you are not in possession of the Tanker Fire Fighting certificate (which is a five-hour stand-alone course), we offer this training.

The Tanker Fire Fighting certificate will also be issued on completion of the Advanced Fire Fighting course. Please note, there are prerequisites for enrolling on the Advanced Fire Fighting course, such as a Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting certificate, or equivalent - please see the course page for details.

Please see our Covid-19 statement and guidance for those attending maritime training and certification courses and exams at Warsash Maritime School and Solent University.

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Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Admissions Team

Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday

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