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Supervisor of Oil Transfer Operations Part A MSSM 1010

Marine Safety and Seamanship Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

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 ).



Domestic fees


Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2024

Below is one offering of MSSM 1010 for the Spring/Summer 2024 term.

CRN 69412


Mon Jun 03 - Fri Jun 07 (5 days)

  • 5 days
  • CRN 69412
  • Domestic fees $484.02
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jun 03 - Jun 07 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30 Marine BMC


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  2. 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


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