Course List

Safety/Security/Environmental/Quality   &  Health Training

During these most competitive and challenging times, it is essential to maintain best-in-class practices and compliance with international standards.

Within this framework, our Maritime Training Center offers a wide range of courses to provide professional consulting services to maritime and marine-related stakeholders with the aim to implement their optimal management systems.

We are specialized to cover any kind of safety, security, quality, health and environmental management aspects as well as all of the requirements related to Rightship inspections.



Suppοrting the maritime industry's ongoing efforts to enhance safety and assisting clients to verify that vessels conform with international regulations and perform in accordance with industry standards, Rightship inspections provide charterers, ship managers, terminal operators, and regulatory authorities with a credible and independent assessment of a ship’s operation. Due inspections are also evaluate ship's condition, quality and effectiveness of Safety Management System (SMS) implementation, adoption of industry recommendations and best practices, health and well-being of seafarers onboard. 

On completion of this course, participants will be trained on the following topics:

  • Familiarization with the contents of the new Rightship inspection check list,
  • How to prepare the vessel for the forthcoming inspection,
  • How to handle the inspector/inspection,
  • How to close the raised deficiencies if any.


Hatch cover maintenance and operation requires a thorough understanding of basic principles along with type specific issues and requirements. Experience shows that hatch cover problems remain one of the predominant causes for accidents on board ships. Leaky hatch covers are associated with wetting damage and claims. Incorrect maintenance or operation can lead to injuries, loss of life or pollution.

During the course, the following topics will be covered:

  • *Hatch Covers and their Functions
  • Type of Hatch Covers *Basic Advice
  • Common false beliefs about Hatch Covers
  • Leakage Problems
  • Use of sealing Tapes and Foam Fillers
  • Leak Detection Test
  • Monitoring and Inspection
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Heavy Weather Precautions
  • Safety When Working with Hatch Covers
  • Hatch Cover Inspection Checklist
  • Hatch Cover Operations Checklist
  • Sample Form for Ultrasonic Weather Tightness Test of Hatch Covers
  • Hatch Covers hydraulic systems, maintenance and operation
  • Commercial aspects of damaged (wet) cargoes and cases according to English Law/Haque/Visby Rules.


This course will benefit anyone who carries out inspections of hull structures including superintendents, masters, first officers, chief engineers, ship officers, shipyard personnel and independent surveyors helping them to understand the different types of defects and damage that occur in ship structures.

The purpose of this course is to improve the quality of hull inspections, enhance the ability to evaluate the criticality of structural defects and improve reporting skills. During the course trainees will learn the basic functions of a ship’s hull, they will be introduced to the basic strength theory in a way that is simple but suitable for understanding the structural response of complex ship structures.

On completion of this course, trainees will be able to understand the:

  • Classification and statutory requirements for hull structural integrity,
  • Requirements for maintenance of class,
  • Basic structural concepts of a ship’s hull,
  • Process of fatigue defects,
  • Know how to inspect structure for damage and defects using specific tried and tested techniques,
  • Identify specific types of defects and damage and understand their causes,
  • Need for thickness measurements,
  • Role played by coatings and anodes,
  • Quantify coatings breakdown and anode wastage,
  • Difference between various grades of shipbuilding steel,
  • Discuss repair techniques with confidence.


This course includes the essential introduction knowledge for the international regulatory framework of shipping. Participants will be informed about the Classification Rules and the important international and regional statutory regulations. The class and statutory surveys and certification system will be presented, and the Port State Control inspection regime will be presented together with illustrative findings from those inspections.

The trainees will gain a basic knowledge of Class Rules as well as of the International/National statutory regulations (IACS, EU, SOLAS , MARPOL, ILLC, Codes, etc.). They will also be provided by an overview of the relevant class and statutory main surveys and of the PSC management.


Drydocking is a procedure that is commonly used for the inspection, repairing, and maintenance of ships. The main objective of dry docking is to expose those parts of the ship that have been submerged in water for a very long time. As ships travel for comparatively longer durations, the submerged parts of them need to be checked regularly to check any damage they may have endured over time due to constant exposure to water. Upon completion of this course the trainees will be provided with the essential information needed to successfully prepare, plan and execute a comprehensive dry-docking. They will have a more in-depth knowledge of dry-docks, contingency plan for repairs and modifications within the rules of classification and Flags Administration’s requirements.


The course objective is to train participants to carry out bunker surveys in compliance with the requirements, procedures and documentation of the Standard SS600:2014 - Code of Practice for Bunkering. Throughout the entire course, the students can expect to be challenged with real-life scenarios while acquiring the fundamental skills necessary to accurately determine the quantity of fuel aboard a ship and more specifically: Fuel tank measurement techniques; Projecting onboard fuel quantity using consumption rates; Application of fuel tank volume tables/application of mathematical corrections; Deciphering unusual vessel tank data; Avoiding common errors.


The vessel draft survey measures the displacement of the water both before and after the loading or unloading, with the resulting difference between the two displacements representing the weight of the cargo. During the course trainees will work according to defined International guidelines when determining the weight of the cargo and consider several key factors while making their calculations during the survey. These factors include:

  • Water density of the sea, river or other waterway,
  • Changes in the ballast quantity between initial and final draft readings,
  • Changes in the vessel’s consumables (e.g. fuel oil, drinking water) between initial and final draft readings,
  • Trim and deformation correction ( by using data from vessel’s draft tables),
  • Sea conditions (pitch and swell) affecting the accuracy of calculations.


This course has been made available to all who may have a particular need or interest in understanding the process and complexities involved in planning for and satisfactorily accomplishing the loading of a cargo of bulk grain, particularly as it relates to compliance with the requirements of the International Code for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk (International Grain Code). This may include vessels’ operators, characters, stevedores, agents and anyone else that may have an influence on, or concern for the outcome of, the loading of vessels with bulk grain.

This course addresses the requirements relating to both statical stability, dealing with initial stability as measure by GM, and dynamical stability, which is concerned with righting energy of the vessel over a range of angels of heel. The International Grain Code is largely based upon dynamical stability and the course deals with the stability calculations necessary to demonstrate compliance with the International Grain Code.


This course is comprised of 2 separate training aspects:


In this session a group of people discusses a real case study which has led to high consequence outcomes. LFI’s aim is to encourage the group to embed learnings from incidents through open dialogue.  


This is an interactive session as well. However, the engagement’s (LET) purpose, is trainees to discuss their experiences on various topics which relate to vessels’ daily operations (such as engine failures, moorings, lifeboat operations) in order to gain a better understanding on important issues which may happen in the future and thus improve employees’ and crew’s preventive attitude and reactions to potential incidents.


The aim of this course is the improvement of crew’s (including all ranks) capacity to successfully deal with stressful personal or professional challenges or events and take effective decisions. The course incorporates reflective learning methodologies and is based on updated material according to the latest industrial and enterprise standards.

During the course the meaning of resilience, the definition, the resilient way to face up a situation, etc. will be presented as well as the case of ‘The Lost way’- Through the story where the protagonist is losing his way, we can see change, the different perspectives of it, moving to decisive actions and self-caring.


During this course trainees will be provided with guidance how to support their teams, especially during challenging moments. They will be familiarized how to:

  • Set the tone,
  • Acknowledge that this is a challenging time and display empathy,
  • Communicate more than usual,
  • Connect with their team more regularly,
  • Emphasize the importance of resilience,
  • Help their team re-prioritize and operate with a long-term view,
  • Listen,
  • Encourage flexibility and actively support it,
  • Show gratitude,
  • Remind team to access available resources.


To succeed in management, there is a need to understand how to deal with other people. Therefore, the importance of interpersonal skills will help trainees to gain an awareness of their own skills and understand that an awareness of the interpersonal skills of others can help in dealing with the work tasks for which they are responsible for.

On completion of this course, trainees will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze different communication styles and understand their strengths and weaknesses,
  • Identify conflict response styles approach and effectively mediate workplace conflicts,
  • Demonstrate active listening skills and questioning styles to explore issues and enhance understanding, and
  • Determine ways to build and maintain trust, and increase their influence and eminence in the workplace.


In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. This course will help participants to recognize early signs of crew who may be struggling and to develop the skills needed to respond effectively. It will also benefit them by ensuring of their awareness of the general mental health issues of seafarers and the contributing factors that can mentally affect a seafarer whilst at sea. The course will be conducted by an experienced mental health professional covering the following topics:

  • Mental Health Awareness,
  • Recognize signs of Mental Health Problems onboard,
  • How to handle-talk to crew facing mental problems,
  • Self Care.


This course provides guidance and insight into crisis and media response planning and execution during a marine emergency. It highlights the challenges a company may face during a maritime emergency, and provides trainees with effective techniques for dealing with the incident itself, and the media and other important stakeholders. In particular, it focuses on internal and external communication, including issuing press statements, giving media interviews and holding press conferences.

Trainees will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • How and why mismanaged incidents or issues may escalate into a corporate crisis and the need for forward thinking and strategic management,
  • The importance of identifying and prioritizing stakeholders,
  • Key massages for internal and external communications, and positioning the company,
  • The importance of effective planning and the need for integrated crisis and emergency response organization and resources,
  • An interactive exercise designed to illustrate how external technical support can provide specific expertise and resources to assist in managing a marine casualty, and
  • The importance of responding to the media and fundamental principles of managing external communications.


The appraisal course will teach delegates how to raise employees’ motivation and improve performance by setting objectives; giving useful feedback and praise. It also provides tips and techniques for managing conflict in appraisals and delegating how to write active performance reviews efficiently and effectively. Delegates who have taken this appraisal course have seen a dramatic increase in staff performance by applying the strategies they have learnt in the art of ‘appraising employees successfully’.  They will be trained in the following topics:

  • Structuring the interview,
  • Building rapport and relaxing the appraisee,
  • Avoiding appraisal pitfalls,
  • Praising and criticizing constructively,
  • Handling difficult situations,
  • Completing the appraisal form clearly and objectively,
  • Maintaining excellent performance after the appraisal.


A vessel monitoring for ships allows complete insight into her performance, accident prevention, energy usage, environmental compliance, operational costs, and helps ship operators to gain a greater awareness of how effectively and profitably vessels operate and how and where to make the changes to improve their efficiency.

The mission towards net zero carbon in shipping is increasingly focusing on energy efficiency, and particularly in regard to the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator (EEOI) and Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) to cover the basic compliance requirements. In this multifaceted role, the designated person has to work with energy efficiency improvement initiatives. The task in hand, includes among others, vessel benchmarking, understanding, improving and reporting fleet efficiency, optimizing operations to ensure that schedules and budgets are streamlined without compromising the high safety standards.


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. The trainees will be offered a comprehensive understanding of the requirements of the Port State Control New Inspection Regime, as well as the USCG and AMSA requirements, enhance awareness and preparedness for Port State Control Inspections and help achieve compliance with the requirements concerning safety integrity of the vessel and pollution prevention. Also, this course focuses increasingly on items that may result in the most common and critical as well as detainable deficiencies which could cause possible delays to ships and financial losses to operators and on the means of how to avoid these deficiencies.


ISO management system standards (MSS) help organizations to improve their performance by specifying repeatable steps that organizations consciously implement to achieve their goals and objectives, and to create an organizational culture that reflexively engages in a continuous cycle of self-evaluation, correction and improvement of operations and processes through heightened employee awareness and management leadership and commitment.

A wide range of ISO training courses are offered to provide the practical and technical information needed to achieve and maintain standard compliance. Delivered by highly qualified technical experts our up-to-date and comprehensive training programs incorporate the latest information implementation strategies and standard requirements for compliance.


The purpose of the ISM Code is to provide an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention. It is based on general principles and objectives, which include assessment of all identified risks to one Company’s ships, personnel and the environment and establishment of appropriate safeguards. This course will guide trainees through ISM Code, rules and regulations which are implemented in maritime world for safety awareness and benefit. They will also learn and gain an easier understanding on the due Code and its implementation in maritime industry. Within this task they will learn how to adequately implement it in everyday use on board, perform risk assessment and management, use of contingency plans, needed audits and inspections, etc.


To ensure the safe operation of each ship and to provide a link between the company and those on board, every company, as appropriate, should designate a person or persons ashore (DPA) having direct access to the highest level of management. The responsibility and authority of the DPA should include monitoring the safety and pollution prevention aspects during the operation of each ship and ensuring that adequate resources and shore-based support are applied, as required.

The trainees will be:

  • Provided with the key requirements and benefits of the ISM Code,
  • Offered the knowledge and skills required with the guidance and recommendation given by the IMO MSC-MEPC.7/Circ.6,
  • Delivered the training necessary for the application and maintenance of SMS-SMC.


The ISPS Code provides a framework through which ships and port facilities can co-operate to detect and deter acts which pose a threat to maritime security. The Code enables the detection and deterrence of security threats within an international framework and establishes roles and responsibilities.

Delegates completing an International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) training course will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of the shipping industry and the role played by the International Maritime Organization,
  • Give examples which show the link between maritime disasters and the creation of new regulations,
  • Identify the aims of the ISPS Code and to whom it applies,
  • Identify common threats to maritime security and their costs,
  • Identify the roles that are responsible for ship security,
  • Describe the importance of training and drills to achieve competent security teams,
  • Detail the structure of the ISPS Code,
  • Describe the three security levels within the ISPS Code,
  • Describe the purpose of a Declaration of Security,
  • Describe the structure and purpose of a Ship Security Assessment,
  • Describe the structure and purpose of a Ship Security Plan,
  • Describe the importance and purpose of an International Ship Security Certificate,
  • Identify who is responsible for setting levels of security,
  • Identify and describe the categories of incidents,
  • Describe the process for reporting incidents and threats,
  • Identify the records that are required to be kept.


Every shipping company assigns a set of responsibilities for the company security officer depending on the type of ships and cargo which the company operates. The Ship Security Plan (SSP) along with Ship Security Assessment (SSA), play an important role in ensuring the security of the ship. The company security officer is responsible for carrying out the ship security plan in an efficient manner. The Company Security Officer course provides training about how to develop, implement, maintain, and supervise Ship Security Plans, and how to identify threats, vulnerabilities and assessment of security risks.


This course has been developed to raise awareness about threats and countermeasures, addressing cyber security management system by encouraging crew’s good cyber hygiene. It explains in simple steps how and where cyber-attacks may target not only direct IT infrastructure, but also the embedded software in association with operational technology (OT) systems on board.

The easy-to-understand course is intended for a wider audience, the material also includes key safety management practices and shows how they can be applied to cyber security within the maritime and offshore industries.

The training modules outlined in this course are:

  • Common threats and traps,
  • The user’s role in cyber security,
  • Cyber security countermeasures,
  • Good practices towards cyber security,
  • Provision of clear guidance on the safe and appropriate use of social media,
  • Reduce the risk of reputational damage and data protection breaches.


This course will provide participants with a practical approach to the interpretation and application of the ISM and ISPS Codes, ILO MLC 2006 Convention and the preparation, planning, execution, reporting and follow-up internal audits for an Integrated Management System.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • The background, objectives, basic content, interpretation and certification process of the ISM Code, ISPS Code and ILO MLC 2006,
  • The principles of management systems and continual improvement,
  • Risk management basic principles.

In addition, trainees will gain knowledge of the key principles and current practices used in internal auditing, including:

  • The role and responsibilities of the internal auditor,
  • The importance and impact of internal audits in an (integrated) management system,
  • Audit techniques,
  • Reporting of the audit,
  • Identification of non-conformities and supporting their resolution.


Within this course the background and general goals of the STCW Convention and Code are presented in detail. The aim of the STCW is to ensure that seafarers trained and certified under its regime can meet the challenges that the shipping industry will be facing in the future. Course participants will become familiar with the structure and practical applications of the Convention and gain the theoretical background and skills to implement the requirements and ensure compliance. The practical implications of the STCW’s requirements will be better understood. Using practical case studies and participants will learn how to achieve compliance within a management system and, using the accompanying tools, ensure the implementation of the relevant requirements.


This course is intended to increase awareness among seafarers on the nature and extent of alcohol and drug problems in the maritime sector particularly among officers and ratings on board and the preventive measures and policies to address such problems.

Trainees will be able to provide working knowledge of the main components of alcohol and drug problems including an understanding of the implications of alcohol and drug abuse for fellow seafarers, shipping companies manning agencies and countries, appreciation of the importance of the effects of alcohol on their behavior in the workplace or elsewhere and increased compliance with pertinent laws, policies, and regulations.


By enrolling to this course participants will get a deeper knowledge and additional skill sets to make properly informed decisions applicable to vessels’ Oil Major Vetting inspections related to OCIMF procedures. The participants will gain knowledge of the following topics:

  • Overview on Vetting Inspection system,
  • International Regulatory and Non-regulatory Requirements,
  • Vessel Screening,
  • Arrangement & Preparation for onboard Inspections,
  • Deficiencies and Findings,
  • Investigation of the observations and Root Cause Analysis,
  • The SIRE 2.0 Programme,
  • PSC and Third-Party Vetting Programs,
  • TMSA & Human Factors.

28. TMSA

The Tanker Management and Self-Assessment (TMSA) program provides companies with means to improve and measure their own safety management systems. The program encourages companies to assess their safety management systems (SMS) against key performance indicators (KPIs) and provides the minimum standard expected (level 1) plus three levels of increasing standards or performance. The self-assessment results can be used by operators to develop phased improvement plans that support continuous improvement of their ship management systems. Companies are encouraged to regularly review their self-assessment results and develop plans for improvement. Aligning policies and procedures with industry best practical helps companies to improve and attain increasingly higher standards of safety and pollution prevention management.

Participants will be informed of the following key elements of TMSA 3, which has been released by OCIMF:

  • Leadership and Safety Management System (SMS),
  • Shore-based human resource recruitment and management,
  • Vessel human resource recruitment, management and well-being,
  • Reliability and maintenance of vessel, including critical equipment,
  • Navigational safety,
  • Operations related to cargo, ballast, tank cleaning, bunkering, mooring and anchoring,
  • Management of Change,
  • Reporting of incidents with thorough investigation and analysis,
  • Safety management,
  • Environmental and energy management,
  • Preparedness for emergencies and contingency planning,
  • Measurement, analysis, and improvement,
  • Maritime security.


This 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 with particular reference to STCW Regulation I/6, STCW Code A-I/6 and B-I/6 on training and assessment.

The topics covered by this course are:

  • Define the purpose of training,
  • Comprehend the process of identifying training needs,
  • Understand the benefits of training and the aspects of the learning process,
  • Identify how to set training objectives and how to create courses and lesson plans,
  • Distinguish training methods and assessment techniques and comprehend how to evaluate the trainees,
  • Comprehend how to effectively use your communication skills,
  • Understand and apply the key elements for an effective presentation,
  • Identify the various Learning Aids and learn how to use them properly.


The course is based on the IMO model course 6.10. The course deals with the relevance of simulator in maritime training and the simulator pedagogy associated with the use of training on a maritime simulator. The course includes technical aspects of teaching that have a direct relation with the maritime simulator and simulator pedagogy as well as psychology of learning which forms an important element in due course.

By the end of this course, it is envisaged that trainees will have achieved a conceptual understanding of the importance of maritime education and simulator training with a view of the human element in shipping and special working environment on board ship.


Sexual assault and sexual harassment, often abbreviated as SASH, are forms of discrimination based upon a person’s gender. Preventing sexual assaults and sexual harassment is a concern for the maritime industry. SASH has an overall negative impact on individuals and organizations, and can impact safety, productivity, morale, and teamwork, among other things. Therefore, the maritime industry has zero tolerance for sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other prohibited behaviors such as bullying, hazing, and coercion.

The maritime industry strives for a workplace environment of fairness, dignity, respect and one where sexual assaults and sexual harassment will not be tolerated.

This course aims to reinforce the expectations for a respectful shipboard and shore leave culture and climate, and to teach how to prevent and respond to sexual assaults, sexual harassment, bullying and other prohibited behaviors in the maritime industry.