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2022 Loading Master Training Course

HSE, knowledge, insight, awareness, skill, control, efficiency, time to name just a few are the necessary foundations for tank terminal and marine operations.

This has led to an increasing demand for certified and trained Loading Masters for tank storage terminals, FPSO’s and refineries. The challenging tasks include mastering the art of loading and unloading activities and carrying the responsibilities that come with it.

 Why You Should Attend

This highly interactive and practical course will assist petroleum products, crude oil, and chemical terminals in achieving a competitive advantage by having an effective and well-managed operation. This will ensure your operational processes and workforce perform up to the highest standards and expectations achieving a competitive advantage.

The only course that includes TTT certification of Loading Masters!

Learning Objectives

Master operational best practices and apply a structured approach to marine terminal management of the ship shore interface.

  1. Identify improved procedures for the handling, loading and discharging of bulk liquids
  2. Learn updated international guidelines and regulations concerning tankers and terminals including physical properties and types of cargoes 
  3. Increase your operational efficiency for oil storage and transport
  4. Become aware of Quality & Quantity risk & loss and learn prevention techniques
  5. Improve compliance, safety and environmental performance
  6. Understand pumps and pipeline systems including tanker loading and discharge operations
  7. Become a Master of Loading / Unloading

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for anyone with immediate responsibility for loading, discharging and care in custody transfer or handling oil or gas cargoes especially oil and gas operators, vessel owners and operators, surveyors and marine superintendents.

This course in NOT intended for LNG or LPG Terminals, but for all other liquids such as Crude Oil, Chemicals, Refined Products or Edible Oils.  TTT offers a special LNG and LPG Loading Masters & Operational Excellence Course Program.

Attendees include: 

  • Supply Chain - Personnel involved in crude oil and products transshipment, chartering, shipping, finance, quantity measurement and accounting, cargo operations, planning, scheduling, including management who did not have a chance of working ‘in the field'.
  • Energy and Logistics - Ship-brokers, traders, shipping agents, claims departments staff, loading masters, cargo inspectors, surveyors, demurrage departments, marine insurers, charterers, ship-owners: biofuel, crude oil, oil products, chemical or mineral resource enterprises.
  • Administrative and Non-Operational office staff who lack ‘on hand' practical experience, this course will help them to vividly imagine operational reality by discussing and solving ‘real time' daily issues. Highlighted by photographic material and true live situations taken from our international experience.
  • Oil & Gas Industry Management responsible for safe and effective cargo custody transfer and handling
  • Work at your own pace, reading all materials. After each module, you are asked to do an assignment. At the end you will be given a test which needs to be passed.


  1. Testing ship/shore interface awareness, knowledge and skill by answering 10 basic questions.

  1. Introduction and reading of ISGOTT  Ship/Shore -Tanker/Terminal Interface
  2. Chapter 21 : Communications
  3. Pre-Arrival, Pre-Berthing, Pre-Transfer Information, Producing a Loading or Discharge Plan
  4. How and when to Sign a Notice of Readiness?

  1. Chapter 25 : The Ship/Shore Safety Checklist
  1. Composition of the SSSCL
  2. Writing a Safety Letter
  3. Instructions for completing the SSSCL
  4. Interactive Simulation Exercise – Shore and Ship; filling in the SSSCL during a key meeting + physical checks

We offer you this comprehensive one SSSCL implementation training program. It can also be organised at your terminal worldwide subject to Covid 19, travel restrictions. During our online ZOOM or TEAMS meeting the proper use of the SSSCL will be explained during a simulation exercise.


This training program was created based on the 2013 OCIMF, CDI, SIGTTO and the International Chamber of Shipping publication: Ship to Ship Transfer Guide. It includes part of the latest 2020 ISGOTT 6th edtion.

It focuses on the training of shore based personnel such as Marine Terminal Supervisors, Marine Superintendents, Loading Masters or Expeditors and Cargo Surveyors, how to best prepare, operate, control and safely execute and complete complex On and Off Shore STS operations including so called: ‘Double Banking’ procedures.

It helps students to understand best practices, based on many years operational experience and skill.

All over the world STS operations have become general modus operandi to avoid lengthy and often costly port stay or expensive terminal transfer over jetty charges.

The knowledge obtained can be used to verify that STS operations and systems are comprehensive and promote safety and environmental excellence, with the intention of minimizing risk in the execution of their operations and providing the ability to measure and continuously improve their management systems.


Who should attend?

We invite everyone involved in running and managing Ship to Ship Cargo Transfer Operations, oil traders or vessel operators relying on STS storage and off shore marine terminals to attend this training course as it gives you the opportunity to become aware, learn, visualize, review, improve and perhaps restructure your day to day STS operations where needed.





STS Superintending and POAC  Firms

Organising, Preparation Communication and Supervision of ship to  ship transfer handling and Risk Management

Full control

Oil Terminals & Refineries

Double Banking STS Operations supervision and control and Risk Management

Full Control

Traders, Loss Control Marine Expeditors and

Cargo Inspection Companies

Proper measurement and preparation. STS Quantity Determination and overall supervision and Risk Management

Improved Loss Control, stripping and risks. Less time loss and demurrage



Workshop Overview


Under supervision of the trainer, all subjects in the OCIMF STS guide will be read and discussed in class. Operational and technical issues will be investigated and explained. Best Practices will be offered to the students. Case studies will be used to explain ‘real time’ situations and best solutions.


Benefits of Attendance


It is crucial to understand ship to ship transfer operations in order to professionally supervise and be in control of such complex and challenging operations. People attending this training will learn to ‘oversee’  and ‘understand’ all relationships and interests of parties concerned and protect these. This means not only the technical issues, but understanding the ‘why’  of such operations. A systematic approach such as these jointly published OCIMF, SIGTTO, CDI, ISGOTT and Chamber of Shipping guidelines is crucial to ascertain a high level of operational excellence, prevent marine pollution or damage to the environment and to ensure people’s safety.


Some remarks of students who attended this training:


·       ‘It’s very complete. Time for each task very good’

·       ‘Organisation and respect with other people, law and environment’

·       ‘All topics are relevant’




According to the MTOCT 2013 Marine Terminal Operator Competence and Training Guide by OCIMF, TTT assists companies to observe, verify, train and test Operators and Supervisors.

There are three (3 competence levels on which each section of work and responsibility will be based.

1.    Awareness – A good understanding of what is involved

·       Able to describe in basic terms the main features of each part of the job and its importance to the terminal’s operation.

·       Able to recognize how and where competencies are relevant


2.    Knowledge

·       Able to interpret and evaluate information and advice

·       Able to ask questions that test the viability of proposal associated with responsibilities

·       Where applicable, able to carry out all tasks required


3.    Skill

·       Able to carry out the activities to required standard

·       Able to interpret applicable procedures and guidelines into practical actions

·       Able to solve common technical / operational issues

·       Able to propose refinements to operational practices and procedures

·       Able to mentor and supervise others in technical / operational aspects

To be able to safely and efficiently operate and run a liquid bulk marine terminal, the following competencies are required and tested by TTT. This course can be spread over several weeks or longer. Each competency can be learned and tested when people are prepared and ready.


Overview of the Competence Framework


Introduction to Terminal

·       Understanding Terminal Terminology

·       Understanding Terminal Equipment

·       Understanding Terminal and Port Procedures

Terminal Health, Safety and Environment Management

·       Understanding the Terminal’s HSE Management System

·       Understanding general hazards

Security Management

·       Understanding ISPS Code requirements

·       Understanding security systems and requirements

Hazards of Products

·       Understanding of hazards of products handled

·       Understanding static hazards and control of static electricity

Introduction to Vessels

·       Understanding Marine Terminology

·       Understanding vessel mooring, cargo and ballast systems

·       Understanding requirements associated with vessel’s port call

·       Understanding vessel’s HSE management system

Pre-arrival Planning and Preparation

·       Manage pre-arrival communications

·       Undertake pre-arrival inspection

·       Confirm arrangement of terminal facilities for transfer

·       Ensure availability of personnel and services



·       Understand requirements for support craft

·       Ensure mooring operations are conducted safely and efficiently

·       Ensure safe access provided and maintained

·       Organize pre-transfer conference with vessel personnel and implement ship/shore safety checklist

·       Safely connects transfer equipment

·       Connect umbilicals

·       Ensure that transfer system is prepared for operation


·       Monitor the safety of the transfer operations

·       Take samples at appropriate times

·       Ensure the safety of additive / dosing operations

·       Ensure the stopping of transfer


·       Ensure safe completion of transfer operation

Emergency Response

·       Demonstrate knowledge of Terminal’s emergency response plans and procedures

·       Demonstrate knowledge of vessel’s emergency response procedures

·       Understand ESD, Emergency Shutdown Procedure.


TTT will address these competencies to ascertain and achieve safe and efficient operational performance and excellence. If possible, we recommend that our trainer observes your people during operations, so we can check competencies in the field.


This master class teaches the participants how to prevent, manage and control Health, Safety, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility risks. It is based on scientific research on Systems Theory and it finds that HSE goals cannot be achieved by rules or regulations alone. HSE and Behaviour are inseparable and interdependent. Chapter 7 on Human Factors in the latest 2020 edition of the ISGOTT is an important update.

The program is designed to stimulate one’s self reflection.

Do we need more rules, regulations? This class shows how a combination of HSE and Integrity saves money and enhances HSE risk control. Empirical research has given us risk quantification standards or human reliability test methods. ISO certification, HAZOP, compliance or corporate governance programs do not prevent HSE risks. People do! We understand that HSE issues are too complex to be solved by analytical testing methods. This class introduces synthesis, the understanding of interdependent relationships, to understand first causality and linear and non-linear effects. By teaching awareness and ethics, people become safer because they want to, not because they have to. Nature provided an innate survival mechanism in all people. This course will show students how to reconnect with this ability.

This BBS workshop is designed to teach and create confidence by practical learning. It focuses on managing oneself and to accept personal accountability, rather than compliance to ever more rules.

Results from feedback on this course show improved personal commitment and motivation to do the right thing, enhancing safer operational performance.

The sessions will be interactive; dilemmas will be discussed and analysed by the group. The assigment for your team is to build and maintain a HSE Culture System.