This course provides training for tanker operators in both charter and ship owning companies, chartering staff, ship brokers and personnel from associated service companies.

Training for tanker operators will take delegates through comprehensive procedures covering every aspect of the tanker routine, from pre-fixing the contract until the completion of discharging operation. During the training, the common and not so common elements of tanker routine operations will be analysed in considerable detail, identifying the processes and activities operators need to undertake. Trainees will consider potential pitfalls of the routine operation, and explore the solutions to the problems, as well as look at ways to remedy and avoid such situations, thus improving the overall operational effectiveness.

Course contents:

1. Pre-loading. Vessel characteristics and restrictions:

  • Capacity and draft. Dimensions (length, beam, manifolds and reducers, etc.);
  • Cargo tanks and cargo lines (coating, heating, stowage and segregation, slops, etc.);
  • Cargo handling systems and equipment;
  • Approvals (SIRE, CDI, etc.).

2. Pre-loading administration:

  • Port characteristics and requirements (mooring arrangements, berth restrictions, etc.);
  • Voyage documentation (cargo, customs, MARPOL, etc.).

3. Loading operations and activities:

  • Arrival and NOR, free pratique;
  • Berthing, lightering, mooring, STS;
  • Cargo handling operations;
  • Inspection;
  • Delays, documentation;
  • Sailing instructions.

4. Laden passage operations:

  • Voyage monitoring. Reporting and informing;
  • Voyage Limitations (MARPOL special areas);
  • Changing Bills of Lading. Letters of indemnity;
  • Piracy.

5. Discharging operations:

  • Slop disposal;
  • Cargo pumping;
  • Crude Oil Washing (COW);
  • Cargo losses and claims.

6. Ballast passage operations:

  • Ballast water management;
  • Tank cleaning management;
  • Change of cargo grades or preparation for dry-docks.