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Training in Advanced Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations (STCW)

About this course

The course provides specialist training in subjects appropriate to the duties of senior officers and any person with immediate responsibility for loading, discharging, care in transit or handling of bulk chemical cargoes. Tanker terminal and ship management personnel will build on previous experience and gain a detailed appreciation of the safety aspects involved in the handling and carriage of chemical cargoes.

Course content includes:

  • Certification and documentation
  • Ship types
  • Chemical tanker construction requirements
  • Physics and chemistry
  • Tanker incidents
  • Electrical equipment
  • Static electricity
  • Ship – shore liaison
  • Cargo operations
  • Cargo reactivity
  • Segregation and compatibility
  • Tank coatings
  • Enclosed space entry
  • Gas detection instrumentation
  • Health and toxicity
  • Nitrogen systems
  • Cargo stowage planning
  • Tank and cargo system washing and preparation
  • Cargo pumps

This course takes full account of Chapter V Regulation V/1-1, Chapter V Section A-V/1-1.3 and Table A-V/1-1-3 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).

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

Why choose Warsash Maritime Academy? 

Our course lecturers are all experienced officers who have sailed on chemical tankers in senior ranks.  Delegates will benefit from their experience and the interaction between themselves and other delegates.  The opportunity to question lecturers, discuss and share experience of tanker operations greatly enhances the learning experience and aids comprehension and knowledge retention.  This is a major advantage of a classroom based environment when compared with computer based training. 

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.

STCW Training in Tanker Fire Fighting

In order to comply with the STCW A-V requirements, and to be able to apply for the Dangerous Cargo Endorsement without delay, you must be in possession of a Training in Tanker Fire Fighting certificate to attend basic and advanced tanker cargo operations courses.

If you have not yet completed the tanker fire fighting element (which is a five-hour standalone course), we can offer this training combined with Proficiency in Advanced Fire Fighting.

A Training in Tanker Fire Fighting certificate will be issued upon completion.

In the near future, this combined training will be extended to delegates attending Training in Advanced Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations, Training in Advanced Oil Tanker Cargo Operations and Training in Advanced Liquefied Gas 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 availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Monday 7 October 2019 Yes £820 Book
Monday 10 February 2020 Yes £820 Book
Monday 8 June 2020 Yes £820 Book

Course information

Next available date

Monday 7 October 2019


4.5 days






100% attendance and pass two written assessments.

Teaching methods

Lectures, audio-visual presentations and group discussion.


Candidates have two routes for entry onto the course:

  • Before 9 June 2015
    Holds a Basic Tanker Training certificate (Tanker Familiarisation certificate) or 3 months' sea service on any type of tanker before 9 June 2015 (sea time must be within the last five years).

Note: if the sea service route is used, students must be assessed as meeting the requirements of the basic training course - this is achieved by a multiple choice exam on the first day of the course. Please also note there is no requirement mentioned for Tanker Fire Fighting for this entry route.

  • 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.

Entry level

See prerequisites