Cargo Handling and Stowage (Operational Level) (MARTPT-100)
Course 204

Satisfy your Cargo Handling & Stowage training requirement and get some of the necessary cargo assessments completed along the way! Learn about the various types of vessels in the Merchant Marine and what cargo-securing equipment, procedures, and skills are necessary to work aboard them. Contact the Student Services Office for availability.

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Course Description

Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level)  - Course #204

Any applicant who successfully completes our 

Cargo Handling & Stowage (Operational Level) (MARTPT-100) course will satisfy the following requirements:
  • The Cargo Handling and Stowage training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(x) for an STCW endorsement as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) for vessels of 500 GT (ITC) or more (Operational Level); AND
  • The standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.309(a)(3) and 11.319(a)(3); STCW Code Section A-II/1 and Table A-II/1, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from:
    • NVIC 12-14(Ch-4) Tasks 10.2, 10.3.A, 11.1, 11.2, 11.4.A, 11.5, 11.6, 11.7, 12.1.A, 12.2.A, and 12.3.A; AND
    • NVIC 02-18(Ch-2) Tasks 10.2.A, 10.3.A, 11.1.A, 11.2.A, 11.3.A, 11.4.A, 11.5.A, 11.6.A, 12.1.A, 12.2.A, and 12.3.A; AND
  • The standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.317(a)(2) and 11.321(a)(2); STCW Code Section A-II/3 and Table A-II/3, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 13-14(Ch-3) Tasks 6.1.A, 6.1.B, 7.1.A, and 7.2.A.
Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed Task Control Sheets for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

 Subjects Covered:

Cargo handling, stowage and securing

  • Effect of cargo, including heavy lifts, on the seaworthiness and stability of the ship
  • Safe handling, stowage and securing of cargoes, including dangerous, hazardous and harmful cargoes, and their effect on the safety of life and of the ship
  • Establish and maintain effective communications during loading and unloading


Inspect and report defects and damage to cargo spaces, hatch covers, and ballast tanks

  • Where to look for damage and defects most commonly encountered due to:
    • Loading and unloading operations
    • Corrosion
    • Severe weather conditions
    • Parts of the ship shall be inspected each time in order to cover all parts within a given period of time
    • Elements of the ship structure which are critical to the safety of the ship.
    • Causes of corrosion in cargo spaces and ballast tanks and how corrosion can be identified and prevented
    • Procedures on how the inspections shall be carried out
    • How to ensure reliable detection of defects and damages
    • The purpose of the “enhanced survey program”


5 day class in Fort Lauderdale

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Required Materials

PASSPORT for Photo ID, Paper, Pencil, Pen, Highlighter, Plotting Tools and Scientific Calculator. The following texts will be lent to students: William D. George, Stability and Trim for the Ship’s Officer, 3rd ed., Cornell Maritime Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-87033-564-8 Robert J. Meurn, Marine Cargo Operations, 4th ed., Cornell Maritime Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-87033-623-2 Merchant Marine Deck Examination Reference Book, Stability Data Reference Book, U.S. Coast Guard, 1989 Students may purchase and bring their own copies of these text books to class if they want to make notes in the texts and keep them.


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Excellent course of instruction. Very pleased with the quality of the presentation and instructor knowledge of the material.
Christopher, Friday April 2019
Cargo Handling and Stowage (Operational Level) (MARTPT-100)