Skip to main content

Supervisor of Oil Transfer Operations Part A MSSM 1010

Marine Safety and Seamanship Course

Course details

​Part A of the SOTO certification is designed for "New Entrants" to the industry involved with supervision of oil transfer operations, approximately 30-hours instruction at an approved training facility. Completion of Part A, which is attested to by the issue of a BCIT Statement of Completion, and does not qualify the holder to serve as bargemaster. This certificate will only remain valid for a period of 30 months.


  • MED with respect to STCW Basic Safety or MED A1 and B2, completion of a Restricted Radio Operator examination and proof of Medical Fitness ( A valid Seafarers Medical ).





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of MSSM 1010 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 50282


Mon Aug 21 - Fri Aug 25 (5 days)

  • 5 days
  • CRN 50282
  • $472.02
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Aug 21 - Aug 25 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:00 Marine BMC


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. ORIGINALS and COPIES of prerequisites must be submitted to the instructor on the first day of the course. Please refer to webpage for any/all prerequisites. Student manual will be provided in class. Students will be required to bring the following supplies: suitable writing material (pens, pencils, coloured pencils, paper, rulers, etc.) a simple calculator, work wear including safety shoes/boots and coveralls. Note: For the issuance of Transport Canada Training certificates by the school, a Transport Canada, Candidate Document Number (CDN#) will be required.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Identify substances found in crude and refined products.
  • Identify internal and external health hazards.
  • State the fire hazards associated with hydrocarbon on a tank barge.
  • Explain the needs of cargo segregation, compatibility of cargo, and double valve separation.
  • Sketch and describe the construction and operating procedures for pumps of different types.
  • Understand the hazards of operating positive displacement pumps.
  • Demonstrate knowledge with respect to the maintenance of different tanker equipment (Scupper plugs, Drip trays, Tank lid covers, Ullage cap covers).
  • Understand the special considerations necessary when not alongside with respect to: Safety contingency plans, weather (including ice conditions), lighting, communications and control, emergency stop procedures, oil spill contingency planning, and transfer checklists.
  • Understand special requirements in relation to general seamanship.
  • Demonstrate proficiency of knowledge with respect to unmanned tank barge seamanship details on a tank barge.
  • Gain a practical insight as to the operations carried out on board an unmanned tank barge.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2022


Interested in being notified about future offerings of Supervisor of Oil Transfer Operations Part A (MSSM 1010)? If so, fill out the information below and we'll notify you by email when courses for each new term are displayed here.

  • Privacy Notice: The information you provide will be used to respond your request for BCIT course information and is collected under Section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). For more information about BCIT’s privacy practices contact: Associate Director, Privacy, Information Access & Policy Management, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 3700 Willingdon Ave. Burnaby, BC V5A 3H2, email: