Available courses

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The environmental training course provides with knowledge and understanding regarding the prevention of pollution of marine environment and ability to develop correct attitude in ensuring compliance with pollution prevention requirements.

CONTENT: The environmental training program covers the pollution prevention requirements as mandated by MARPOL 73/78 Convention, Classification Societies, Flag States, USCG Code of Federal Regulations and all applicable regulatory and statutory requirements.

OBJECTIVES: After successful completion of the environmental training, the trainees will be able to:

  • describe the company’s commitment to full compliance with all applicable regulatory and statutory requirements for the protection of marine environment;
  • describe the proactive measures that can be taken on board ship to protect the marine environment;
  • identify the most common deficiencies on board that should be avoided;
  • fill in Oil Record Book Part I correctly;
  • fill in Open Report Form;
  • use correct procedures for sealing outlet valves.

This marine automation course will give trainees basic knowledge, understanding and proficiency necessary to operate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair various control systems, electrical motor control devices onboard ships equipped with modern systems and electrical control equipment.

This marine automation system course provides knowledge based on written evaluation and skills-based assessment of trainee’s performance through appropriate practical laboratory exercises.

CONTENT: This marine control systems training covers the basic principles of process control, Automation, Marine control systems, electrical safety procedures, theory and application of electricity, electrical machines, types of conductors and insulators, troubleshooting and testing of electrical and electronic components and devices. It is designed to maximize the practical aspects of the work carried out on board ships with the use of appropriate laboratory equipment and exercises.

OBJECTIVES: After successful completion of the course, the trainees will be able to:

  • explain the principles of automation and practical application onboard;
  • describe the basic principles of measurements and application on board;
  • maintain and troubleshoot typical marine control systems;
  • apply electrical safety procedures;
  • demonstrate safety procedures in using electrical measuring instruments;
  • identify and explain the functions of different electrical / electronic parameters;
  • identify different electrical / electronic components, symbols and diagrams as per ANSI / DIN standards;
  • interpret different types of electrical circuits;
  • identify various types of electrical control devices and circuit protection;
  • understand the construction, operation    and    application of      motors, generators and transformers;
  • assemble, disassemble and understand the proper connection of motors;
  • enhance the understanding of the basic principles and operation of electrical motor control;
  • identify different types of devices used in motor control;
  • identify and interpret different types of electrical diagrams, symbols and specifications;
  • explain the application and difference between the Full Voltage Starting and the Reduced Voltage Starting;
  • describe, construct and discuss the principles and operations of different types of motor starter’s circuits and their protections;
  • improve the ability in maintaining and fault finding of electrical equipment on board ships that provides safe and efficient operation;
  • explain the basic components of PLC;
  • implement wiring of input and output devices into the PLC;
  • explain and implement programmes using timer and counter functions;
  • implement sequential control and troubleshooting.

This training was created to reduce technical errors caused by the human factor, as well as to update the level of personnel management methodology and increase employee motivation. The ERRM (engine room resource management) course lasts three days and is intended for marine officers. A person will face imitation of difficult situations, learn how to respond quickly and make the right decisions, as well as know how to implement ERRM.

What are the main tasks of the ERRM?

After completion of the three-day engine resource management course, each officer will have the improved skills in organization of teamwork and the better resource management, namely:

  • basic knowledge of international maritime conventions, as well as the basic laws of various countries;
  • ability to correctly distribute the resources and tasks;
  • skills to make decisions quickly and efficiently;
  • situational and intercultural awareness, which allows to improve teamwork and reduce the negative impact of the human factor on work;
  • leadership skills;
  • anti-crisis management skills and quick assessment of various risks;
  • skills of effective distribution of work and rest in crisis situations.

In addition to marine engineer officers, this course will be useful to electrotechnical and prospective engineers.

What does the engine room management course include?

As mentioned above, the course lasts three days, of which two are dedicated to theoretical presentations and one day to practice. A practical part includes the use of the full engine room simulator in order to consolidate the obtained theoretical knowledge in conditions as close to real ones as possible. The theoretical part includes the following topics:

  • improvement of communication efficiency;
  • national and cultural awareness;
  • decision making and effective resource management;
  • high determination;
  • quick stress relief and relaxation planning;
  • proper prioritization;
  • team building;
  • basics of leadership;
  • limitations and features of the human factor.

Where can a person take the engine resource management STCW courses?

One of the best places for doing so is a Ukraine and the certified Specialized Training Center located at Kherson. All theoretical and practical exercises are conducted under Regulations III/1, III/2 and III/6 of the 1978 STCW Convention, as amended, covering the applicable minimum requirements specified in Sections A-III/1, A-III/2, A-III/4, A-III/6, A-III/7 and A-VIII/2 of the STCW Code 2010 Manila Amendments.


This CMS Assessment program aims to evaluate  the main competencies of Engine Department (Operational and Management levels) according to SOLAS, STSW and Offshore industry requirements.


Management Level

The high voltage management course has a purpose of refreshing and upgrading the skills and theoretical knowledge of the engineering staff on operational safety, approbation, and servicing of high voltage electrical complex aboard the vessels. The program will consist of practical and informational components. All the activities will be held in a reliable atmosphere envisaging the up-to-date trainer ‘Schneider Electric’.

The main themes to be highlighted during the High Voltage Management course:

  • Instructions on functionality, safety, and operation of a marine HV complex.
  • Appointment of skilled staff for servicing of HV system;
  • Ability to find troubleshooting solution in case of HV system failures;
  • Working out a switching plan for isolating elements of an HV complex;
  • Choosing appropriate actions for isolating and checking HV hardware;
  • Switching and isolating performance on a marine HV facility in accordance with safety demands;
  • Insulation resistance testing and polarization index monitoring on HV machinery;
  • High Voltage security demands and Safe working performance;
  • Permission to perform relevant operations;
  • High Voltage control and protection means aboard;
  • Grounding and discharge;
  • Norms for HV servicing (IEC benchmarks, local rules /the UK, The USA, Norway / and proposed practices);
  • Practical sessions and evaluation.

General description of the course:

The training has been worked out in accordance with the rules III/2, III/3 of the STCW Code (Manila amendments 2010), Tables A-III/2, A-III/3 (Management level) and part B-III/2. The STCW high voltage course is meant for Chief Engineer Officers, Supplementary Engineer Officers, and Electrical Officers who are in charge of supervision and implementation of High Voltage commutation operations as an Empowered Staff Member.


Operational Level

Description:
The course aims to upgrade the knowledge and skills of engine personnel regarding safe operation, testing and maintenance of high voltage electrical systems onboard ships. The course will provide both theoretical and practical elements in safe training environment involving the use of modern simulator of “Schneider Electric”.

The course covers at least the following topics:

  • Hazards associated with HV systems and immediate actions to be taken under fault conditions;
  • The functional, operational and safety requirements for a marine HV system;
  • High Voltage safety rules;
  • Safe working procedures;
  • Work permits;
  • High Voltage equipment and protective devices on board;
  • Earthing and discharging;
  • Standards for working with HV (IEC standards, local standards / UK, USA, Norwegian /  and recommended practices);
  • Practical exercises and assessment.

Course overview:

This course is in line with the requirements as laid down by the regulations III/1, III/2, III/6 of the STCW Code (Manila amendments 2010), Tables A-III/1, A-III/6 (Operational level) and section B-III/2. This course is aimed at Engineer Officers and Electro-Technical Officers who are expected to supervise and/or implement the on board high voltage switching operations as an Authorized Person.


Voyage Planning Using ECDIS (VPUE). ECDIS, which is now a mandatory shipborne navigational equipment for voyage planning and execution, can operate a variety of charts. The official charts are known as Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) and Admiralty Raster Chart Service (ARCS). The charts are made and distributed by the hydrographic offices through a distribution network, and the vessel has to subscribe to a service provider. ECDIS uses digital charts (vectorized and raster charts) for navigational duties usually carried out with paper charts. The equipment must be type-approved and uses up-to-date official charts. 

For voyage planning, using an ECDIS is the same as with paper-based navigation. However, making a passage plan utilizing the full aspect of a type-specific ECDIS need some careful consideration!

Two days Marine Fuel Management course is in accordance with the requirements MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14, the IMO’s 2020 Global Sulfur Cap, tightening limits on SOx emissions in waters outside of coastal zones. The course is aimed at Marine Engineers onboard who are supervised and carried out Marine Fuel Management: properties and quality standard for distillate and residual fuel, ship`s machinery related systems, bunkering, sampling, handling and cleaning fuel for engines consumption, monitoring condition and operation, maintenance equipment and manage trouble-shooting, restoration equipment to operation condition.

Course subjects: 

  • IMO’s 2020 Global Sulphur Cap requirements, ships` fuel options;
  • Crude Oil Chemical composition and refining processes;
  • Fuel Standard ISO 8217, Distillate and residual fuels;
  • ECAs: international, regional and local requirements;
  • Fuel Oil Change over procedures for Main Engine, Generator Engines, Boiler;
  • Low Sulphur fuels: features, the effects of using LS fuels;
  • Requirements for Bunkering and Fuel Testing procedures;
  • Ship`s FO systems review. Fuel cleaning and conditioning;
  • Fuel properties and Cat Fines damage impact;
  • Ship’s Energy Efficiency Management Plan;
  • Oil Record Book, Part 1. Intertanko Guide for correct Entries in Oil Record Book

Bulk Carriers including Draught Survey and Grain Stability Course

The bulk carrier cargo calculation training is aimed to achieve overall safety in the entire different vessel’s cargo operation and various transportations of loads. Draft survey calculation training includes awareness and familiarization on the principles of draught survey of the vessels and its operation; the accuracy of calculation different kinds of bulk cargoes for dry cargo and other vessels; provides training to achieve overall safety in stability calculations with regard to internationally adopted standards and grain requirements as per international regulations.

This model course is designed to facilitate the delivery of training in the competence standards required by the IMO Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended and demand of high quality instructors to cover industry standatrds. Its aim is to provide a useful introduction for those with limited teaching experience and introduce new approaches or serve as a reminder of skills and techniques for those who have been teaching for some time. Every new instructor-trainee will use this course as part of KMSTC intership programm, remotly familiarizing and prepraring himself before final interview.

Commercial Admiralty Law Course (CALC) will cover the essential principles of Maritime Law in particular and relevant subjects affecting the conduct of ship business management by the merchant marine officer.

The topics of the marine commercial law course are intended to represent the practical application of Admiralty Law in current ship and cargo operations. It is geared towards updated and keen understanding of the modern ship officer’s legal duties and responsibilities.

After successful completion of the maritime law program, the trainees will be able to:

  • understand Rules and Regulations involved;
  • know where to find them;
  • know where most mistakes are from;
  • know how to avoid them;
  • understand parties involved;
  • be proficient in drafting appropriate Reports / Statements;
  • be proficient in communication/reporting.

​​​​​Port State Control (PSC) is the inspection of foreign ships in national ports to verify that the condition of the ship and its equipment comply with the requirements of international regulations and that the ship is manned and operated in compliance with these rules.

 

Many of IMO's most important technical conventions contain provisions for ships to be inspected when they visit foreign ports to ensure that they meet IMO requirements.

 
These inspections were originally intended to be a back up to flag State implementation, but experience has shown that they can be extremely effective. The Organization adopted resolution A.682(17) on Regional co-operation in the control of ships and discharges promoting the conclusion of regional agreements. A ship going to a port in one country will normally visit other countries in the region and it can, therefore, be more efficient if inspections can be closely coordinated in order to focus on substandard ships and to avoid multiple inspections.

This ensures that as many ships as possible are inspected but at the same time prevents ships being delayed by unnecessary inspections. The primary responsibility for ships' standards rests with the flag State - but port State control provides a "safety net" to catch substandard ships.


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