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NAUT6038 - Shipboard Operations for OOW

Short Title:Shipboard Operations for OOW
Full Title:Shipboard Operations for Officer of the Watch on vessels of more than 500 gross tonnage
Module Code:NAUT6038
NFQ Level:Fundamental
ECTS Credits:5.0
Module Coordinator:JOHN CLARENCE
Description:This module provides the learner with the underpinning knowledge and skills necessary to carry out the duties of a junior deck officer during cargo operations onboard a merchant vessel.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Describe the duties of the Officer of the Watch during cargo operations onboard a merchant vessel
  2. Outline the safety precautions required when handling cargo during loading, discharge and transfer operations
  3. Discuss the handling and carriage of general cargo onboard ship
  4. Discuss the handling and carriage of bulk, liquid and deck cargoes onboard ship
  5. Outline the dangers associated with the carriage of dangerous goods onboard ship
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
No co-requisites listed listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
  • Safety Practices in cargo work
    Entry into enclosed spaces. Docks regulations. Cargo stowage and and securing gear. Code of safe Working Practices for Merchant Seaman. MARPOL.
  • Cargo Handling Equipment
    Care and maintenance of lifting equipment. Hallen, Velle, Stulken, Yo-Yo and Union Purchase derricks. Cranes: types and advantages. Heavy lift precautions.
  • General Cargo
    Preparation and survey of cargo spaces. Cargo plans. Stowage methods and basic cargo calculations. Use of dunnage. Duties and responsibilities of the deck officer during cargo operations. Cargo damage and pilferage.
  • Bulk Cargoes
    Definitions. Bulk cargo hazards. Preparation of cargo space. Stowage and securing of bulk cargoes. Codes of Safe Practice for bulk cargo loading.
  • Unitised and Ro-Ro Cargoes
    Selection of cargoes for unitisation. Use of pallets. Container types. Container handling and securing arrangements. Hazardous goods in containers. Ro-Ro units. Code of Safe Practice for Ro-Ro vessel operations.
  • Oil Cargoes
    Pipeline systems for crude and product carriers. Safety precautions when carrying oil cargoes. Operation of the Inert Gas system. Gas testing equipment. Crude oil tank washing. Electrostatic hazards. Loading and discharging and ballasting operations. Safety checklists in use on tankers.
  • Chemical Cargoes
    Properties and hazards of bulk chemical cargoes. Precautions in carriage of chemicals in bulk.
  • Gas Cargoes
    Properties and hazards of bulk liquified gas cargoes. Precautions in carriage of liquefied gas in bulk.
  • Dangerous Goods
    IMDG Code. Marking and labeling of dangerous goods. Segregation and separation of dangerous goods.
  • Deep Tank Cargoes
    Cleaning, preparation and testing of deep tanks. Precautions when using heating coils in deep tanks.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work20.0%
End of Semester Formal Examination80%
 Outcome addressed% of totalAssessment Date
Formal End-of-Semester Examination1,2,3,4,580%Semester End
Coursework Breakdown
TypeDescriptionOutcome addressed% of totalAssessment Date
Projectn/a1,220.0Week 8

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

TypeDescriptionHoursFrequencyAverage Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture2 x 2 hour lecture4.0Every Week4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact)Homework2.0Every Week2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact)No Description1.0Every Week1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours4.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • IMO 2206, Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing, IMO London
  • MCA 2004, Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen, HMSO UK
  • MCA 2003, Roll on - Roll off Stowage and Securing of vehicles, Code of Practice, 3rd Ed. Ed., Stationary Office UK
  • IMO 1998, Code of Safe Practice for the Carriage of Bulk Cargoes, IMO London
  • ICS 2006, International Safety Guide for Tankers, 5th Ed. Ed., ICS
  • Capt J.R KNott 1994, Lashing and securing of Deck Cargoes, Nautical Institute London
  • IMO 1991, International Code for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk, IMO London
  • ICS 2002, Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals), 3rd Ed Ed., ICS London
  • IMO 2006, International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, IMO London
  • ICS 1995, Tanker Safety Guide (Liquified gas), 3rd Ed Ed., ICS London
  • IMO 2004, Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargo (BC Code), IMO London
  • IMO 1991, Code of Safe Practice for Ships Carrying Timber Deck Cargoes, IMO London
  • IMO 1998, Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code), IMO London
  • IMO 2006, MARPOL, IMO London
  • Thomas & Agnew 2002, Thomas' Stowage Properties and Stowage of Cargoes, Brown, Son and Ferguson Scotland

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