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Single Point/Buoy Mooring Ship Handling Training


The objective of this training is to make participants familiar with all types of SPM and SBM arrangements available as per recommendation given by OCIMF with regards to such mooring operation as well as to the equipment required to be carried onboard when effecting these operations.



Dates are set on request, based on the required minimum number of participants.



Certificate of training completion and attendance

Course Structure

The Single Point/Buoy Mooring Simulation Training is a training programme that may be divided in 3 modules.


Module 1, Theoretical Tuition – Learning Objectives

The first module is classroom tuition carried out at the Mediterranean Maritime Research & Training Centre and is aimed for persons designated in handling VLCCs & ULCCs around SBM facilities.

Our objective is to make all candidates familiar with all types of SBM arrangements available. Amongst the topics to be discussed are the different types of buoys available and their specifications, typical features installed and safety measures to be implemented whilst manoeuvring in the vicinity of such buoys. Our scope is to promote recommendation given from the OCIMF with regards to such mooring operation as well as to the equipment required to be carried onboard when effecting these operations.

The scope of this Training module is to help Pilots broaden their knowledge about SBM installations and the advantages they represent when it comes to safety records, quick turn around and the advantages an offshore loading/discharge installation offers when it comes to port dues.


Module 2; Simulation Training – Learning Objectives

Module 2 is the start of the Simulation Training, where the candidate is presented with a number of scenarios in good weather, adverse weather both by night and by day with the assistance of tug.

It is our objective to propagate safety awareness together with extra caution when a Pilot is conducting these kind of operations.

Most important are the emergency scenarios that a candidate shall deal with, mostly being main engine failure, rudder failure and tug boat failure. As experienced Pilots with a vast experience on board ships as Masters, Harbour Pilotage and Ship to Ship Transfer Mooring Masters we aim to reduce risk by proper planning with due consideration to contingency plans and enhanced training.


Module 3; On Job Training (optional) – Learning Objectives

Delivering of information is of utmost importance. However, complementing to the theoretical tuition and the Simulation Training, we also suggest on job training which may be carried out locally (Valletta or Marsaxlokk port depending on inbound/outbound traffic). Although optional, this part of the training is on a complimentary basis.

Candidates are given the opportunity to be present onboard oil tankers and other vessels of up to 400 mtr in length entering Marsaxlokk Port (Malta) including the Oil terminal accompanied by the Pilot on duty. In doing so, a candidate will also have a 1st hand experience on how different tanker are handled in the confined areas of our ports.

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