Tanker Familiarisation Training Programme (MCA Approved)

Course summary:

This 2 day Tanker training programme meets the MCA/MNTB requirements and following successful completion of the course, candidates will be eligible to enter second stage of training on the advanced GAS / PETROLEUM / CHEMICAL training programmes. (Many tanker operators insist all staff or trainees appointed to tankers for the first time have completed the familiarisation training course)


  • £300 (from September 2013)

Dates available:

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Course content:

This training is intended for masters, officers and ratings serving on tankers who are required to undertake additional training and familiarisation in accordance with: The Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Regulations 1997 / Marine Guidance Note (MGN) 95 / STCW: Regulation V/1, and STCW Code Section A - V/I para 1-7.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has agreed with the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) that the specifications described in the MNTB document “training of masters, officers and ratings on tankers” May 1998 will satisfy the above requirements for approved training undertaken in the United Kingdom.

Familiarisation training is currently common to all types of tanker.

Extract from MGN 95:
2.1 Ratings assigned specific duties and responsibilities related to cargo or cargo equipment (eg pumpman) and all officers on tankers are required to have completed:

  1. at least 3 months of seagoing service on tankers in order to acquire adequate knowledge of safe operational practices; or
  2. a tanker familiarisation training programme approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) covering the syllabus given in paragraphs 2 to 7 of section A-V/1 of the STCW Code; or
  3. at least 30 days service under the supervision of qualified officers on a tanker of less than 3000 gt engaged on voyages not exceeding 72 hours.

Course structure:

The course runs over two days and 100% attendance of time-tabled lectures during this period is a requirement.

Entry requirements:

There are no specific entry standards to the first stage familiarisation training.

Entry to the second stage of specialised training is dependent upon completion of the first stage familiarisation training.

Note: The course is also open to managers or any other professionals who need to be familiar with tanker operations but do not require a dangerous cargo endorsement.

Qualifications achieved:

Tanker Familiarisation (Common)

Progression opportunities:

Following this course candidates can enrol on the advanced Tanker Training Programmes.

How to apply:

Telephone the Marine Booking Centre on 0191 427 3772 or email marine@stc.ac.uk

Further information:

Please contact us for more information, or call 0191 427 3772.