Comprehensive Stability Re-Certification (online)
Comprehensive Stability for Ballast Control Operator (BCO) - (Basic Theory and Applied Stability / formally Stability 2). Course to be completed as the five (5) year re-certification process for a BCO. Also for any individual who has had a lapse of service of two (2) years as an active BCO, to be retrained utilizing this course prior to being re-employed as a BCO.
Course approved by: Liberia / Marshall Islands / Vanuatu
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STCW / IMO - Comprehensive
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Comprehensive Stability – meets all STCW requirements listed under the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Resolution A.1079(28) - MODU Stability - for the training of OIM, Barge Supervisor, Ballast Control Operator.
Completion of a certified Ballast Control Operator (BCO) course, or a certified course in Comprehensive Stability (Basic Theory and Applied Stability / formally Stability 2). Can be expired but is required. For certified marine officers it is possible to meet the pre-requisites by providing a copy of your “CoC”. This will be assessed on a case by case process before registering for the course.
As an alternative to the four day classroom training requirement, this online training course will enable a BCO needing re-certification to be able to complete their five year re-certification process and for any individuals who had a lapse of service of two years as an active BCO to be retrained utilizing this course prior to being re-employed as a BCO.
The individual, upon completion of the training course will have the acquired knowledge to safely operate the Ballast Control System and prepare daily stability calculations for the vessel. A familiarization period of the rig (specific) ballast control system is required before operating as a stand-alone BCO.
This training course is delivered online (eLearning)
The student will initially receive an email welcoming them to the course and will be given instructions on how the course will proceed.
They will be instructed to begin their training by refreshing their math (algebra and trigonometry) before their course material arrives by courier by going to the following link on the Seaway Academy website; . They will be instructed on how to log into the online training videos on the Seaway Academy website; . In the initial email they will also be requested to notify their Tutor when they receive the training material so their Tutor can arrange a time for a skype call. This call is to welcome them to the program and initiate a personal connection with their Tutor.
Since this is an online course the student will proceed with the training at their own pace and time schedule, although the following schedule will be recommended:
Day 1 – Chapters 1 – 3 (read the chapters / answer the questions / watch the videos – approximately 3 hours)
Day 2 – Chapters 4 – 6 (read the chapters / answer the questions / watch the videos – approximately 3 hours)
Day 3 – Chapters 7 – 9 (read the chapters / answer the questions / watch the videos – approximately 3 hours)
Day 4 – Chapters 10 – 12 (read the chapters / answer the questions / watch the videos – approximately 3 hours)
Day 5 – Chapters 13 – 15 (read the chapters / answer the questions / watch the videos – approximately 3 hours)
Day 6 – Review chapters 1 – 15 (review the chapters / review the questions & answers / watch the videos – approximately 8 hours)
Day 7 – Written assessment (1 – 3 hours)
Total time to complete the online training, excluding time spent with their tutor is approximately 23 hours; plus completion of written assessment (1 to 3 hours).
Computer or tablet (HDMI cable to connect computer to a TV for watching the pwr point presentations and online training videos – recommended but not necessary)
Access to the internet
Pen / pencil / paper
Access to a scanner to send the final assessment to their tutor for grading
Resources for Delivery:
This training course is delivered online (eLearning).
Student is required to have an internet connection in order to complete the course. It is also recommended the student have an HDMI cable to connect their computer to their TV for watching the pwr point presentations and online training videos. It is not necessary but presents a better learning environment if viewing on a large screen TV as opposed to their laptop or tablets. They will receive via courier and email all the materials necessary to complete the course. Training material is as follows:
Text book – “MODU Stability & Management" (ISBN 978-6164135260)
Power Point presentations for each chapter in the training manual
Directions on preparing for the training (Algebra & Trigonometry refresher available on the Seaway Academy website)
Directions on how to proceed with the training (suggested time frame to cover chapters, etc.)
Directions on how to access the 77 training videos associated with the course on the Seaway Academy website (login info)
Contact email, skype address, and phone number for their tutor
Upon completion of the course there will be a final assessment consisting of 20 questions. These questions will consist of mostly mathematical stability calculations along with some theory questions. The theory questions will be multiple choice. The pass mark is 70%.
Since this is an online training course the student will be required to have an invigilator sit with them during the assessment. If the assessment is taken on-board the vessel the invigilator can be a supervisor. If done at home or another location an invigilator can be a professional such as a doctor or lawyer, etc. In all cases the invigilator must be approved in advance by Seaway Maritime Services. The invigilator will have to have a computer and scanner immediately available to scan and email the completed written assessment to the assessor for grading. It is also possible to write the assessment with their tutor watching via skype if arrangement for an invigilator cannot be made for the date the student is to write the assessment. This is not the ideal method in the event there was an interruption with the internet connection during the assessment but could be done if for example, the student had to return to sea before an invigilator was available. If the latter method was used the student would have to have a computer and scanner immediately available to scan and email the exam to their assessor for grading upon completion.
The student is required to provide a copy of their passport as well as proof of completion of a certified Ballast Control Operator (BCO) course, or a certified course in Comprehensive Stability (Basic Theory and Applied Stability / formally Stability 2) from the past, before a Certificate will be issued.
Certificates will be issued upon successful completion of the training. A copy of the original certificate will be scanned and sent to the student within 24 hours of the assessment being completed and the original certificate will be mailed to the individual to the address provided.
The certificate will be valid for a period of five (5) years from the issue date on the certificate.
Records of Certificates will be maintained by Seaway Maritime Services at their place of business in Thailand.
Lost Certificates can be replaced for an administration fee by providing a copy of their passport along with a signed request letter.
Meet your Instructor
Captain David Wright
Canadian Master Mariner and an STCW Certified Instructor and Examiner with Transport Canada (TC), Maritime and Coastguard Agency - UK (MCA), United States Coast Guard (USCG), TPTI Thailand, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). Additionally, a College graduate of both Business and Education.
Worked as Master on several offshore supply vessels (AHTS & PSV) throughout the world and as Master on Drill Ships and Jack-up Oil Rigs. MODU experience also included working as a C/O on a Semi-submersible oil rig. 17+ years’ experience as Master on various types of vessels.
Lectured for six years at the Nova Scotia Nautical Institute, Canada, delivering Ship Stability and several other courses related to Marine Officer Certification; also taught MODU Comprehensive Stability globally over a four year period as the Marine Training Supervisor with Transocean Offshore Drilling in their training centers throughout the world.
Author and publisher of "MODU Stability & Management" (ISBN 978-6164135260).