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Advanced Training for Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations


Course Type:Short & Modular Courses

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  • Course Date:

  • Registration Period:

  • Time:

    60 hours
  • Mode of Training:

    Blended (F2F & Online Synchronous) and Practical Training
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

*Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. You may register your interest, and would be notified if there is a new run.

Course Objective

This course provides training to candidates to be duly qualified in accordance with section A-V/1-1, paragraph 3 of the STCW Code and with specific duties for loading, unloading and care in transit of chemical tanker cargoes. It comprises an advanced training programme appropriate to their duties, including chemical tanker safety, fire safety measures, pollution prevention, safe operational practices and obligations under applicable rules and regulations. The course covers the competence requirements as given in table A-V/1-1-3 of the STCW Code.

This course equips participants with essential knowledge and advanced level of familiarization with the equipment, instrumentation and controls used for cargo handling on a chemical tanker; A  greater awareness of the need of proper planning, use of checklists for various cargo handling operations; An enhanced awareness to apply safe procedures at all times when carrying out the various operations on board a chemical tanker; An acquisition of experience in identifying operational problems and solving them; An improvement in the ability to promote safety culture and protection of the marine environment; and An increased ability to assist and coordinate response measures during emergencies.

Course Outline

By the end of the Course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the chemical and physical properties of cargoes and the hazards and control measures associated with carrying chemicals on board tankers.
2. Explain what is involved in the safe operation and monitoring of cargo on board a chemical tanker.
3. Apply health, safety and environmental precautions in working on a chemical tanker.
4. Perform and monitor safe chemical tanker cargo operations in compliance with legislative requirements.

Topics to be covered

1. Knowledge of chemical tanker designs, systems and equipment
2. Knowledge of pump theory and characteristics, including types of cargo pumps and their safe operation
3. Proficiency in tanker safety culture and implementation of safety management system
4. Knowledge and understanding of monitoring and safety systems, including the emergency shutdown system
5. Ability to perform cargo measurements and calculations
6. Knowledge of the effect of bulk liquid cargoes on trim and stability and structural integrity
7. Knowledge and understanding of chemical cargo-related operations
8. Development and application of cargo-related operation plans, procedures and checklists
9. Ability to calibrate and use monitoring and gas-detection systems, instruments and equipment
10. Ability to manage and supervise personnel with cargo-related responsibilities
11. Knowledge and understanding of the chemical and the physical properties of noxious liquid substances
12. Understanding the information contained in a Material Safety data Sheet (MSDS)
13. Knowledge and understanding of the hazards and control measures associated with chemical tanker cargo operations
14. Knowledge and understanding of dangers of non-compliance with relevant rules/regulations
15. Knowledge and understanding of safe working practices, including risk assessment and personal shipboard safety relevant to chemical tankers
16. Knowledge and understanding of chemical tanker emergency procedures
17. Actions to be taken following collision, grounding or spillage
18. Knowledge of medical first-aid procedures on board chemical tankers, with reference to the Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents involving Dangerous Goods (MFAG)
19. Understanding of procedures to prevent pollution of the atmosphere and the environment
20. Knowledge and understanding of relevant provisions of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and other relevant IMO instruments, industry guidelines and port regulations as commonly applied
21. Proficiency in the use of the IBC Code and related documents

Minimum Requirements

Completed Basic Tanker Safety Course

Certification / Accreditation

STCW Certificate of Performance (hard copy) will be will be awarded to participants who pass the assessment and meet at least 75% attendance rate.

Suitable for

This course provides training for masters / chief engineer officers / chief mates / second engineer officers and any person with immediate responsibility for loading, unloading, care in transit, handling of cargo, tank cleaning or other cargo-related operations on chemical tankers

Course Fees

Full Fees (before GST): $1,800.00

Applicants/Eligibility SkillsFuture Funding GST* Subsidised Fee (after GST)
Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above¹ $1,620.00 $48.60 $228.60
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 $1,260.00 $48.60 $588.60
Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders $1,260.00 $48.60 $588.60
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders² $1,620.00 $48.60 $228.60
Others (Full fees payable) $0.00 $162.00 $1,962.00

As per SSG’s policy, the GST payable for all funding-eligible applicants is calculated based on prevailing GST rate after baseline funding subsidy of 70%

Singaporeans aged 25 years and above may use **SkillsFuture Credit balance to offset respective course fees.

¹ Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here
² Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Scheme. For more information of the scheme, click here. To view SP’s list of similar funded courses, click here. Please submit the attached “Declaration Form for Enhanced Training Support Scheme for SME” together with your online application.

Funding Incentives

Please click here for more information on funding incentives.

Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at
Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

a) Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
For e-payment using Visa/Master cards and Internet Banking, please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
Singapore Polytechnic
One-Stop Service Centre

c) For payment via PayNow, please enter the UEN No. T08GB0056ACET and indicate the invoice/registration number. 

*With effect from 1 August 2021, cheque payment will not be available.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.

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