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Petroleum Tanker Operations

About this course

The course begins with a vessel which has just left a shipyard with air in its cargo tanks. The course then follows a voyage cycle, which includes inerting of cargo tanks, production of a loading plan from voyage orders and loading in accordance with the plan. Discharge of cargo begins with the de-bottoming of tanks and includes crude oil washing and taking heavy weather ballast into designated cargo tanks. Discharge is completed with the stripping of lines and pumps.  

Each exercise is preceded with a briefing to cover the operation and equipment to be used, referencing recommended practice from ISGOTT and SOLAS regulations where appropriate. 

This course meets the requirements of STCW A-II/1, A-II/2, A-II/3, A-V/1-1-1, A-V/1-1-2 and IMO model course 2.06. 

The ship

  • 165,000dwt Suezmax crude/products tanker
  • Conventional bottom lines with three steam driven main cargo pumps
  • Two eductors
  • One steam driven stripping pump
  • Two electric driven ballast pumps

Course delivery location

This course is delivered from our new maritime simulation centre at Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please check your joining instructions for further information. 

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

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 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

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

Course availability

This course is run on demand. Please contact the Admissions & Recruitment Team for availability.

Course information

Training towards

Safe and efficient tanker operations


No formal assessment

Teaching methods

Simulator supplemented with classroom sessions



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