Dangerous Liquid Cargo

Course Description

Within this course, the student will learn the characteristics, hazards and safe practices for the handling of petroleum and chemical products. During labs, students practice the actual loading of cargo/ballast aboard the Academy’s 40-foot tank barge. In the lab, using the liquid loading simulator, students practice loading, discharging and tank cleaning. This course satisfies the training requirements necessary for endorsements as tankman-PIC, Tankerman-PIC (barge), Tankerman Assistant, and Tankerman-Engineer. Each student is issued a Tankship/Tankbarge Dangerous Liquid Cargo Certificate upon satisfactory completion of this course. [Lab time required]

This course consists of three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour lab per week for a semester with a comprehensive final examination.

Learning Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following STCW elements:




Other objectives

The expected learning outcome is that the trainee...

  1. Explains tanker construction purpose and trade
  2. Describes the exploration, refining and distribution of oil
  3. Identifies tank layout and piping Systems
  4. Demonstrates loading and discharging operations
  5. Explains planning a load
  6. Identifies safe ballast operations
  7. Demonstrates tank cleaning operations
  8. Describes Inert Gas and Crude Oil Wash Systems
  9. Relates marine vapor control systems to vessel operations
  10. Identifies the concepts behind tanker fire safety
  11. Relates issues of oil in the environment to tanker safety
  12. Describes the duties of the 3'd and Chief Mates aboard a tank vessel