To gain this endorsement, you must:
- Hold a certificate of competency as a Master, Deck officer or Engineer officer
- Have completed an approved advanced tanker safety course within the last 5 years
You must also complete one of the following options:
- Completed at least 3 months approved sea service on a tanker of the kind appropriate for the endorsement, performing functions appropriate for the endorsement, that includes at least 3 loads and 3 discharges
- Completed approved on board training of at least 1 month in cargo handling duties on a tanker performing functions appropriate for the endorsement, which includes 3 loads and 3 discharges and is documented in an approved training record book.
We accept the following Merchant Navy Training Board – Record books for Approved On Board Training as an approved training book:
- Oil Tankers
- Chemical (vegetable Oil) Tankers
- Liquefied Gas (LPG) Tankers.
Floating production storage and offloading vessels and floating storage units
Floating production storage and offloading vessels and floating storage units are vessels adapted primarily for a purpose other than to transport oil and are therefore excluded from this definition. However, due to the nature of operation, we will accept sea service gained on board floating production storage and offloading vessels and floating storage units in the capacity as Master, Deck officer, or ship's Engineer engaged in cargo operation as approved sea service to obtain an oil tanker endorsement or revalidate an oil tanker endorsement.
Sea service on offshore support vessels and drilling platforms does not count for issue of a tanker endorsement.
To obtain or revalidate an oil tanker endorsement the person is required to comply with Schedule 2, table 2.1 or table 2.3 of Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014.
Combined cargo vessels
Service on a combined oil/bulk/ore vessel is acceptable provided that during the claimed period of sea service the vessel carried oil cargoes. Service where oil is carried one way and ore the other is acceptable.
Where tankers have a designation to carry both petroleum and chemical products or gas tankers also carry chemical products, you must supply a letter from the company—on company letterhead—indicating the cargoes carried and the periods of time each cargo is carried in your application for a tanker endorsement. You must meet the full sea service requirement for each particular endorsement and cannot claim the same sea service for more than on endorsement.
To obtain or revalidate an oil, chemical or gas tanker endorsement you are required to comply with Schedule 2, table 2.1 or table 2.3 of Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014.
Service as cadet or trainee without Watchkeeping certificate of competency
Service as a cadet or trainee without a Watchkeeping certificate of competency will not count for the issue of a tanker endorsement unless you have completed the following form of training:
- The cadet must have a log of all cargo operations (loading, discharge, tank washing etc), times, dates, port and duties in a designated training book or other appropriate format, which must record your full name and details and signature. This log should be signed off by the officer of the watch and certified by the Master of the vessel.
- The logged entries must comply with the periods as set out in of Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014—over a minimum of 3 months with 3 loads and 3 discharges—and this period of service must be verified by a copy of the letter from the company on their letterhead.
If this training cannot be completed, you can:
- Show evidence of at least 6 months service on appropriate tanker vessels, verified by a copy of a letter from the company on their letterhead, confirming the full summary of details of the sea service and testimonials to the tanker cargo assistance abilities of the cadet
- The cadet must have completed an approved advanced tanker safety course appropriate to the tanker endorsement being sought.