Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (STCW)


This course is designed to meet the requirements set out in Table A-VI/1-4 of the STCW Code.


The training forms part of the requirements for basic training for seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on board ship on the business of that ship as part of the ship’s compliment with designated safety or pollution prevention duties in the operation of the ship.

The training must be undertaken before new entrants are assigned to any such shipboard duties.

Course content

The course is made up of 5 sections as follows:

Types of emergency which may occur on merchant vessels

At the end of the session candidates will be able to:

  • Recognise muster lists
  • Recognise their role on the muster list
  • Recognise emergency signals
  • Use survival suit, lifejacket and other PPE correctly
  • Take appropriate action in response to an emergency, e.g. abandonment, MOB, fire and grounding.
  • Have a clear understanding of drills and training
  • Recognise alternative means of escape.

Precautions to prevent pollution of the Marine Environment

At the end of the session the candidates will be able to:

  • Recognise the operation sources which may lead to pollution of the environment.
  • Recognise accidental sources which lead to pollution of the environment.
  • Understands the basic environmental protection devices and systems in use on board ships.
  • Appreciates the clean up systems and procedures.

Observation of Safe Working Practices

At the end of the session candidates will be able to:

  • Explain the need for strict observation of safe working practices.
  • Explain the use and function of personal protective equipment.
  • Describe the correct procedure regarding ventilation, air sampling and safety systems for entry into enclosed spaces.
  • Understand the concept of risk assessment.

Understanding of Orders and Being Understood in Relation to Ship Board Duties

At the end of the session candidates will be able to:

  • Appreciate the need for a standard marine vocabulary
  • Understand shipboard routines and watchkeeping procedures.
  • Recognise generic pieces of equipment on board a vessel.
  • Respond to a given order.
  • Understand the command structure on board a vessel.

Effective Human Relationships on Board Ships

At the end of the session candidates will be able to:

  • Recognise gender issues
  • Recognise minority issues
  • Recognise the need for self discipline
  • Recognise the need to consider others
  • Appreciate the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Appreciate the methods of ship board discipline
  • Employment conditions


The course meets the requirements set out in the Table A-VI/1.4 of the STCW Code.  An STCW Proficiency in Personal Safety and Social Responsibility certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course.