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NAB3037 Tank operations

Course description for academic year 2019/2020

Contents and structure

The course addresses numerous basic and more advanced concepts, relevant for working on board an oil tanker or a chemical tanker.

The course covers regulations in STCW 78 including amendments, table A-V/1-1-1, A-V/1-1-2 and A-V/1-1-3, and qualifies for applying for lowest grade and highest grade oil and chemical tankerman certificate.

Safe Operations

  • Relevant regulations
  • How to avoid dangers
  • General HMS
  • Crisis and Emergencies
  • Physical properties  oil and chemicals
  • Risk Assessment related to safe operations
  • Risk Management related to safe operations
  • Operational equipment

Enviroment and pollution

  • MARPOL and relevant guidelines
  • Accident Prevention
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Ballast Water Treatment
  • VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Equipment


  • Basic principles for cargo operations
  • Advanced principles for cargo operations
  • Issues related to cargo operations
  • Tank Cleaning
  • Gasfreeing
  • COW (Crude Oil Washing)
  • Special operations


  • Theoretical training, liquid fire; oil / chemicals
  • Fire preparedness; oil / chemicals
  • Firefighting Crude
  • Firefighting Chemicals
  • Equipment for firefighting; oil / chemicals
  • Evacuation from enclosed spaces
  • Equipment for escaping enclosed spaces
  • Theoretical training, medical first aid; oil / chemical
  • Medical treatment oil
  • Medical treatment chemical
  • Medical treatment burn injuries
  • First aid in enclosed spaces
  • Safety in enclosed spaces
  • Gas measuring equipment operation and maintenance
  • Gas measurement
  • Work in enclosed spaces
  • Safety and escape equipment

Learning Outcome


The student:

  • Has broad knowledge regarding tank operations on oil tankers and chemical tankers
  • Has broad knowledge regarding rules & regulations for oil tankers and chemical tankers
  • Are able to see modern tank operations in historic context
  • Has knowledge of research and development within the area


The student:

  • Are able to use theory and professional knowledge within tank operations
  • Can assess and execute necessary pollution preventive actions
  • Understands the use of quality management systems
  • Can use Oil or Cargo Record Books
  • Can reflect on loading, storage, transport and discharging of oil cargo
  • Can reflect on loading, storage, transport and discharging of chemical cargo


The student:

  • Can carry out safe and environmental friendly operations on oil tankers and chemical tankers
  • Has insight into academic and professional ethical issues related to tank operations on oil and chemical tankers.
  • Can discuss theories, problems and solutions related to tank operations with professionals and others.
  • Is familiar with innovation and new development related to oil and chemical tank operations.

Entry requirements

NAB1022 Chemistry or equivalent.

Recommended previous knowledge

  • NAB2011 Thermo Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • NAB2028 Loading techniques 

Teaching methods

  • Lectures, group work, case studies and practical exercises.

Compulsory learning activities

Mandatory attendance (max 4hrs not present) and written assignments. 


  • School exam, written exam, individual 4 hours, emphases 50/100, grading A-F
  • Home exam, case study, group exam, 72 hours, emphases 50/100, grading A-F

Examination support material

  • School exam - he University College's calculator
  • Home exam - all supporting aids allowed

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