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MEDI 1510 - STCW Basic Safety

Marine Emergency Duties Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

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Course Details

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers provides standards regarding emergency, occupational safety, and survival. The course provides these standards to meet minimum requirements for familiarization, basic safety, fire fighting, and survival in emergency situations, and the syllabus is in compliance with TP 4957, December 2016.


A valid Seafarers Medical or completed Medical Clearance form. 16 years of age or older.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain types of emergency situations which may occur, such as collision, fire, and foundering.
  • Describe different types of lifesaving appliances normally carried on various vessels.
  • Describe equipment in survival craft.
  • Explain the location of personal lifesaving appliances.
  • Describe principles concerning survival, including: Value of training and drills; Personal protective clothing and equipment; Need to be ready for any emergency; Actions to be taken when called to survival craft stations; Actions to be taken when required to abandon ship.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in actions to be taken when called to survival craft stations, and having to abandon ship.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of lifesaving appliances and equipment.
  • Explain about shipboard contingency plans for response to emergencies.
  • Describe emergency signals and specific duties allocated to crew members in the muster list, muster stations, and correct use of personal safety equipment.
  • Describe action to take on discovering potential emergency; including fire, collision, foundering, and ingress of water into the ship.
  • Describe action to take on hearing emergency alarm signals.
  • Describe escape routes and internal communication and alarm systems.
  • Apply the basic knowledge of the impact of shipping on the marine environment, and the effects of operational or accidental pollution on it.
  • Explain basic environment protection procedures.
  • Demonstrate an understanding regarding the complexity and diversity of the marine environment.
  • Describe importance of adhering to safe working practices at all times.
  • Describe safety and protective devices available to protect against potential hazards on board ship.
  • Describe precautions to be taken prior to entering enclosed spaces.
  • Explain how familiarization with international measures concerning accident prevention and occupational health is done.
  • Explain the factors contributing to effective communications on board ship.
  • Explain basic team working principles and practice, including conflict resolution.
  • Describe importance of maintaining good human and working relationships on board ship.
  • Explain social responsibilities, employment conditions, individual rights and obligations, and dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Describe the necessity of actions to take to control fatigue.

Effective as of Winter 2017

Related Programs

MEDI 1510 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Bridge Watch Rating
    Full-time   Associate Certificate
  2. Marine Engineering
    Full-time/Cooperative Education   Diploma
  3. Nautical Sciences
    Full-time/Cooperative Education   Diploma


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