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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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