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NAB3037 Tank operations

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

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.

There will be a course fee. Further information will be given.

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

- Knowledge

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
  • Is able to see modern tank operations in historic context
  • Has knowledge of research and development within the area

- Skills

The student:

  • Is 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

- General competance:

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 4 hours not present).


  • 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 - approved calculator: Casio fx-991EX
  • Home exam - all supporting aids allowed

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • NAB3016 - Tankoperasjonar - Reduction: 5 studypoints
  • NAB3011 - Tankoperasjoner - Reduction: 5 studypoints