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MSSM 1010 - Supervisor of Oil Transfer Operations Part A

Marine Safety and Seamanship Part-time Studies Course

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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. Evaluation is based on exercises, assignments, and the final quiz.


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 ).



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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.
  • Understand flammable vapours.
  • Understand ignition sources.
  • Be aware of static charges.
  • Understand 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.
  • Demonstrate knowledge with respect to the maintenance of different tanker equipment.
  • Understand the meaning of general terms and abbreviations.
  • Understand special requirements in relation to general seamanship.
  • Will gain a practical insight as to the operations carried out on board an unmanned tank barge.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2007


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