Effective Onboard Drills & Exercises


The overall aim of this Training Course is to help the participating Officers to better organize, coordinate and execute shipboard drills, with the aim, to further increase the operational readiness of their vessels.

By providing guidance on the steps required to be taken during the conduct of statutory drills, such as, ship abandon, fire, entry and rescue from an enclosed space, flooding and operational oil spills, the Officers in Charge, are expected to further enhance their knowledge on how to conduct a drill in a safe manner and with learning value for the crew members.


The Trainees, on completing the course, will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of Muster List and the Emergency Instructions in the assignment of duties to all crew members for different emergencies.
  • Coordinate and effectively participate in an onboard drill. Actions to be undertaken during a drill, from activating an alarm, up to the recovery of the life boat, the fire extinguishment, or the rescue of a crew member from an enclosed space will be learned.
  • Become familiar with the company’s emergency procedures as detailed in the Emergency Preparedness and Training Manual (EPTM).


Reference will be made to:

  • MSC.1/Circular 1578 “Guidelines on Safety During Ship Abandon Drills”
  • SOLAS, Chapter II-2, Regulation 15 “Instructions, Onboard Training and Drills”
  • SOLAS, Chapter III, Regulation 19 “Emergency Training and Drills”
  • SOLAS, Chapter V, Regulation 26 “Steering Gear Testing and Drills”
  • MARPOL 73/78, Annex I, Regulation 37 “SOPEP”, Annex II Regulation 17 “SMPEP”
  • Minerva Marine “Emergency Preparedness and Training Manual”
  • Concentrated Drills Campaign – Safety Campaign – Q4 2019
  • Circular Letter 03-19 Rev.1 “Training – Drills Monitoring Matrix 2019”

It must be noted that this Training Course will be extended in 2 days to include practical and hands-on training on personal life-saving appliances, fire fighters’ outfits and other equipment, when the Tanker Safety Laboratory of the ATHINA Training Center will be available.

Daily Schedule


  • 09.15 – 09.30: Introduction – Learning Objectives
  • 09.30 – 10.30: Shipboard Drills
    Legal Requirements, Company Requirements, Emergency Preparedness & Response Manual
  • 10.30 – 11.30: Fire Drills
    Types of fire and use of fire extinguishing means
    Fire Safety Plan & Structural Fire Protection. Fire Prevention and Detection.
  • 11.30 – 11.45: Coffee Break
  • 11.45 – 13.15: Fire Drills (continued)
    Muster List – Organization of Fire Teams
  • 13.15 – 13.45: Lunch Break
  • 13.45 – 14.45: Ship Abandon Drills
    SOLAS Regulations on Ship Abandon Drills Prevention of Accidents with Lifeboats Ship Abandon Drill
  • 14.45 – 15.30: Ship Abandon Drills (continued)
    Launching of Free Fall Lifeboats
    Rescue Boat Operation
    Liferaft HRU
  • 15.30 – 15.45: Coffee Break
  • 15.45 – 16.15: SOPEP/SMPEP Drills
    Operational & Accidental Oil Spills
  • 16.15 – 16.45: Damage Control – Flooding Drill
    SERS – Muster List – Conduct of Flooding Drill


  • 09.15 – 13.30: A Workshop will be organized to:
    • Provide practical training on the strategy and control of fire-fighting operations including leadership of fire parties.
    • Demonstrate common faults in fire-fighting observed during fire drills, and in particular in mustering, communication, control of operations ranging from the initial attack, fire pumps, preparation of fire parties, electrical isolation and fire- extinguishing.