1717 | Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level)

$1,000 USD

Course Type:
STCW ➜ Additional STCW courses
Training School:
Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy
Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America
5 days


Any applicant who successfully completes our Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level) (MIDATL-100) course will satisfy the following requirements: • The Cargo Handling and Stowage training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(x) for an STCW endorsement as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC).

The following practical assessments performed during this course have been determined to be equivalent of National Assessment Guidelines Tasks, as documented in NVIC 12-14 Guidelines on Qualifications for Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on Vessels of 500 GT or More: 10.2.A, 10.3.A, 11.1.A, 11.2.A, 11.4.A, 11.5.A, 11.6.A, and 11.7.A. Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present completed Task Control Sheets for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

Students shall be required to demonstrate the competence to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities listed in Table A-II/1 of STCW 1995 as amended for competencies to Monitor the loading, stowage, securing, care during the voyage and the unloading of cargoes and the knowledge, understanding and proficiencies in the function Cargo Handling and Stowage at the Operational Level.

Function: Cargo handling, stowage and securing:

Knowledge of the effect of cargo, including heavy lifts, on the seaworthiness and stability of the ship
Knowledge of safe handling, stowage and securing of cargoes, including dangerous, hazardous and harmful cargoes, and their effect on the safety of life and of the ship
Ability to establish and maintain effective communications during loading and unloading

Competence: Inspect and report defects and damage to cargo spaces, hatch covers, and ballast tanks

Knowledge, understanding and proficiency:

Knowledge and ability to explain where to look for damage and defects most commonly encountered due to:

  1. loading and unloading operations
  2. corrosion
  3. severe weather conditions

Ability to state which parts of the ship shall be inspected each time in order to cover all parts within a given period of time
Identify those elements of the ship structure which are critical to the safety of the ship
State the causes of corrosion in cargo spaces and ballast tanks and how corrosion can be identified and prevented
Knowledge of procedures on how the inspections shall be carried out
Ability to explain how to ensure reliable detection of defects and damages
Understanding of the purpose of the “enhanced survey program”

Recommended Study Material:
Stability and Trim for the Ship’s Officer; Fourth Edition William E. George, Editor 2005.
Merchant Marine Officers Hand Book. William B. Hayler, Editor
Marine Cargo Operations, 3rd Edition Robert J. Meurn and Charles L. Sauerbier 2004

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