Introduction to Tanker Operations

This introductory course provides an overview of tanker and terminal operations. Participants will learn key shipping and operational concepts.

Course Description

An excellent course for the person who is new or fairly new to the maritime industry, Introduction to Tanker Operations reviews the history of tankers before in essence, conducting a voyage. In conducting this voyage, all aspects of a voyage will be reviewed, from characteristics of tankers, vetting and risk management, ingress and egress from ports, laws governing the industry, stakeholders, cargo handling, calculations of liquid in bulk, and Worldscale to name a few. This course provides an excellent foundation for those starting their careers or reaffirms the foundation of those whose careers have already begun. Participants will be exposed to practices and verbiage which will directly and indirectly improve their company’s bottom line. And all participants will receive a comprehensive course book replete with examples of clauses and on point US and UK legal precedent.

20+ Years of Experience




What you'll get out of this course

Move forward in your career and gain a competitive edge with a solid foundation and understanding of tanker operations. 

Mitigate Risk

Knowing the right procedures - for example, better storage of oil tanks and other onboard resources - will ensure compliance with national regulation, help you minimize risks and ensure everyone on board is safe.

Cost Savings

Understanding the fundamentals of tanker operations will help you plan your voyages more efficiently. You will also know what critical questions to ask so you can fine tune contracts and communicate effectively with all stakeholders.

Efficiency Gains

Experience overall gains in tanker performance due to improved communication between team members.  This will you to make smarter and more informed decisions about investments in oil, gas, and fuel resources.

Key Learning Objectives

It is the intention of this course to cover the following key topics:

Review of the various types of tankers

Understand Vessel operations and how they relate to laytime 

Explore cargo handling issues

Establish importance of load / discharge port rotation

Understand Vessel and terminal safety procedures

Discuss the various servants of Owners

Learn the importance of vetting, classification societies and flag states

Learn cargo measurements methodology and pitfalls

Understand Worldscale and voyage costing

what's included?

Full Course Curriculum

Meet your instructor

Brendan Hoffman

Demurrage accounts for millions of dollars claimed and refuted per year.  All our courses are compiled from over 20+yrs experience in negotiating contracts and we have successfully saved and collected millions of dollars for our clients in demurrage. 

My expertise results from a unique range of experiences including: operating as in-house demurrage consultant to both BP Shipping in Chicago and STUSCO in Houston, operating as account manager for numerous cornerstone clients, and continuously developing and presenting management-level training worldwide. In 2012, I was hired by Shell to help manage their Demurrage Americas department and have further increased my global awareness by working across their STUSCO, SASCO, Shell West and STR offices.

I look forward to sharing my extensive knowledge with you on this topic
so you can do your job with less stress and become an asset to your team and organization.
"What impresses me the most about Haugen Consulting is the approach: attentive, scrupulous, prepared, and more importantly, always fair."
— Chartering Manager | Texas Petrochemicals LP
"Enjoyable training courses that filled in a lot of blanks. I’m particularly pleased with the handouts which will act as a good resource."
— Training Delegate
“It was a concise overview of tanker operations—very enlightening. Good course!!”
— Training Delegate

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