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NAUT 1874 - GSK 3 - General Ship Knowledge 3

Ocean Navigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course includes the study of International and Canadian regulations for the prevention of pollution and protection of the marine environment by oil and other hazardous materials. Students will demonstrate their ability to use Canada’s Shipping Act and relevant regulations for safety of life and pollution prevention. Students will also acquire basic working knowledge of the Canadian Labour Code and Occupational Health and Safety Legislation.



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Use Pollution Regulations as information to prevent pollution of the marine environment by oil, sewage, garbage, anti-fouling systems, and other marine pollutants.
  • Use procedures required by MARPOL to prevent oil pollution.
  • Use regulations to identify equipment required in a SOPEP Plan.
  • Use regulations for garbage management plans.
  • Use the regulations for prevention of pollution from ships and dangerous chemicals.
  • Use Arctic Shipping Pollution Prevention Regulations as required in the Canadian regulations.
  • Use the statutory requirements to report pollution incidents as contained in the "Pollutant Discharge Reporting Regulations, 1995".
  • Use knowledge of the shipping safety control zones order.
  • Use regulations for the following IMO conventions:
    • MARPOL 73/78 and its annexes
    • STCW 1995 and SOLAS 1974
  • Use regulations for the following IMO codes:
    • ISM Code
    • ISPS Code
  • Use Canada Shipping Act, Parts 1 to 6, 7, and 8.
  • Use the Canadian regulations and vessel’s documentation relating to the following:
  • Fire and Boat Drills Regulations
    • Life-Saving Equipment Regulations
    • Vessel Fire Safety Regulations
    • Ballast Water Regulations
    • Vessel Safety Certificates Regulations
    • Marine Personnel Regulations
  • Use regulations for organization and crew training for shipboard emergencies and related drills.
  • Use regulations for organization and training of the crew for routine operations and maintenance.
  • Use the Canada Labour Code and Marine Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

Effective as of Fall 2021

Related Programs

NAUT 1874 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Master 150GT Domestic
    Part-time   Associate Certificate
  2. Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal (WKMNC)
    Part-time   Certificate


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