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Tanker Familiarisation (STCW)

About this course

The course is based on the syllabus given at paragraphs 2 to 7 of Section A-V/1 of the STCW Code. 

At the end of the course students will have the relevant technical knowledge to serve on a tanker and be assigned specific duties and responsibilities related to cargo or cargo equipment.

Course content includes:

  • Characteristics of cargoes
  • Flammability and volatility
  • Basic toxicity
  • Sources of Ignition
  • Reactivity
  • Tanker design
  • Dangerous space entry
  • Instrumentation
  • Pollution controls and legislation
  • Cargo cycle

NOTE: Since August 2015, this course has been replaced with:

Training in Basic Liquefied Gas Tanker Cargo Operations

Training in Basic Oil and Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations

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 information


100% attendance required for certification.

Teaching methods

Lectures, audio-visual presentations and group discussion.