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Volatile Organic Compound Emission Control and Crude Oil Washing

About this course

Volatile organic compound (VOC) approval is pending as being in accordance with MEPC.1/Cir.680 Section 6 and Section 7. Crude oil washing (COW) approval is held from MCA (non-STCW) and Liberian authorities as being in accordance with IMO Assembly Resolution A.446 (XI).

This course is structured to give ships’ officers, tanker terminal and ship management personnel an appreciation of the function and of VOC emission control management planning and crude oil washing systems.

It relates the operation of these systems to safe tanker practice and illustrates the maintenance requirements of associated equipment. 

The course consists of two parts: VOC Emission Control, followed by Crude Oil Washing Systems.

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 information


MCA and Liberian authorities.


100% attendance is required for certification.

Teaching methods

Lectures, audio-visual presentations and a visit to a COW equipment manufacturer.



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