Course category: STCW Courses (Basic Training)
Who should attend: The course is open to all seafarers and prospective seafarers and should be completed prior to employment on a sea-going ship.
Objectives and Benefits: This course aims to meet the mandatory minimum standards of competence in personal safety and social responsibilities in accordance with section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code, Table A-VI/1-4. The course is designed to prepare new recruits for life on a ship at sea where they will experience a vastly different living and working environment compared to that if they were living and working ashore. Working on a ship can be a hazardous occupation for the uninitiated.
This course will give new seafarers an insight into the various elements of a ship and working procedures on board so that they adjust to the shipboard environment and are better prepared to cope with any unforeseen circumstances. To that extent, this course is planned to make their transition from ashore to a sea career as smooth as possible and provide some understanding of a seafarer’s working environment and the hazards, procedures and safe work practices they will encounter, before they actually step on board a ship.
- Comply with emergency procedures.
- Take precautions to prevent pollution of the marine environment.
- Observe safe working practices.
- Contribute to effective communication on board.
- Contribute to effective human relationships on board ships.
- Understand and take actions to control fatigue.
Legislation & References:
- International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended
- International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS 1974), as amended
- International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) as amended
- IMO Life-Saving Appliances Code (LSA Code)
- Standard Marine Communication Phrases
- Human Resources Management for Marine Personnel
- International Safety Management Code (ISM Code)
- Guidelines for the Development of Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plans
- Guidance on Fatigue mitigation and management (MSC/Circ.1014)
- ILO Code of Practice for Accident Prevention on Board Ship at Sea and in Port
- Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers. London, The Stationery Office, Publications Centre
- International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals, ICS/OCIMF/IAPH
- Guidelines on the Application of the International Safety Management Code, International Chamber of Shipping
- Drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs in the maritime industry, International Labour Organization
- Accident Prevention, Olav Bø
Available language: English