Chemical Tanker Operations for the STCW Advanced Training Course - A Practical Guide to Chemical Tanker Operations

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January 2018
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This is a comprehensive guide to chemical tanker cargo operations, covering international regulations, cargo handling and hazards, environmental protection, emergency response, safety management, tank cleaning and ship design and equipment. It is a source of reference for serving officers and managers, as well as those undertaking advanced training as required by the STCW Convention.

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This publication sets out the chemical cargo groups and the applicable regulations. It provides detailed information on cargo hazards and the operational safeguards required to protect personnel and the environment. It also looks at chemical tanker construction and design, with reference to the IBC Code, together with the operation of cargo handling equipment and systems.

A separate chapter on safety discusses the ship’s safety management system (SMS), risk assessment, enclosed space entry, permits to work and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). There is also advice on emergency response and onboard drills.

In addition, practical guidance is provided on tank cleaning, cargo handling operations and monitoring to be undertaken on the voyage. Bullet lists are used to clarify onboard procedures and to help ensure no step is overlooked.

Each chapter includes references to relevant regulations, codes and industry guidelines.

The book is written as a practical sequential prompt, an aide-mémoire for serving officers and managers, and as a consolidated study guide for those undertaking the advanced training for chemical tanker cargo operations as required by the STCW Convention. The book assumes that the reader has successfully completed basic training for oil and chemical tanker cargo operations.

1 – Introduction

1.1 Purpose and Scope

1.2 General Introduction

1.3 The STCW Requirement

2 – Chemical Cargoes and the Basic Chemistry

2.1 Chemical Cargo Groups

2.2 The Basic Chemistry of Bulk Liquid Chemical Cargoes

2.3 Petrochemical Products and Manufacturing

3 – The Regulations

3.1 The International Maritime Organization

3.2 The International Conventions

3.3 Certification and Survey

3.4 Insurance

4 – Chemical Cargo Hazards

4.1 Safety Data Sheets

4.2 Fire and Explosion

4.3 Toxicity, Corrosives and Reactivity

4.4 Health Hazards

4.5 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

4.6 Environmental Hazards

5 – Protecting the Environment

5.1 MARPOL Annex II and the IBC Code

5.2 Air Pollution

6 – Chemical Tanker Design and Construction

6.1 The IBC Code

6.2 Ship Types

6.3 Cargo Tanks

6.4 Tank Design Features, Materials of Construction and Coatings

6.5 Segregation and Separation

6.6 Electrical Installations

7 – Cargo Handling Equipment and Systems

7.1 System Segregation

7.2 Cargo Pumps

7.3 Pipelines and Valves

7.4 Cargo Tank Venting

7.5 Inert Gas

7.6 Cargo Heating Systems

7.7 Cargo Cooling Systems

7.8 Instrumentation

7.9 Tank Washing Systems

7.10 Auxiliary Equipment

8 – Ballast Water Systems

8.1 Ballast Tank Arrangement

8.2 Ballast Pumping System

8.3 Ballast Water Management

9 – Safety

9.1 Safety Management System

9.2 Ship Safety

9.3 Personal Safety

9.4 Enclosed Space Entry

9.5 Permit to Work (PTW)

10 – Emergency Response

10.1 Organisation and Planning

10.2 Emergency Drills

11 – The Loading Port

11.1 Voyage Orders

11.2 Voyage Planning

11.3 Preparation

11.4 Pre-arrival Meetings

11.5 Arrival and the Ship/Shore Liaison

11.6 Loading Operations

11.7 Cargo Sampling

11.8 Cargo Calculations

11.9 Final Checks – Preparation for Sea

12 – The Voyage

12.1 Cargo in Motion

12.2 Cargo Containment

12.3 Cargo Care and Safe Carriage

13 – The Discharge Port

13.1 Discharge Port Planning

13.2 Preparing the Ship

13.3 Pre-arrival Meetings

13.4 Arrival and the Ship/Shore Liaison

13.5 Discharge Operations

13.6 Completion of Discharge

13.7 Prewashing Before Departure

14 – Tank Cleaning

14.1 Tank Atmosphere

14.2 Personal Protective Equipment

14.3 Fundamental Tank Cleaning Practice

14.4 The Tank Cleaning Process

14.5 Tank Cleaning Plan

14.6 Use of Tank Cleaning Additives

14.7 Tank Cleaning Progress

14.8 Gas Freeing

14.9 Tank Cleaning in Port

14.10 After Cleaning


1 Vegetable and Animal Oils and Fats

2 Tank Cleanliness

The CDI is a chemical industry organisation, incorporated under the law of the Netherlands as the Stichting Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI) and operates as a non-profit making foundation.

CDI is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of seven individuals nominated by the participating chemical companies. The Board of Directors establishes policy and is responsible for overall affairs of the foundation. Individual Executive Boards are elected to oversee and direct the staff managing day to day activities for the Marine, Terminals and Marine Packed Cargo Schemes.

Number of Pages:
Published Date:
January 2018
Binding Format:
Book Height:
305 mm
Book Width:
218 mm
1.4 kg

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Publication Date:
January 2018