Interactive classroom course covering the advanced principles of Automation including the Principles of Safe Manning, STCW and the ISM Code

Gain the skills you need to develop an understanding on how the various governing regulations, policy and International Standards interact with each other to ensure the safe navigation of seagoing vessels through safe and efficient marine engineering operations.  Scheduled over five (8-hour) days, this course will instruct students how to better understand Coast Guard and International requirements for machinery space operations including reduced watch-keeping conditions and reduction in manning (periodically Unattended Machinery Space Operations (UMS)).

Target Audience

Experienced Marine Inspectors, Class Surveyors or Licensed Chief Engineers seeking a better understanding of CG and International regulations regarding machinery space automation and manning


  • USCG Journeyman Marine Inspector with Machinery (MI) or Machinery Steam (MS) qualifications, or
  • Class Surveyor with equivalent level of machinery space experience
  • At least 4-years of experience conducting deep draft machinery space inspections or surveys for a Classification Society

Topics Covered

  • 46 CFR Parts 61 and 62
  • IMO Principles of Safe Manning
  • USCG Marine Safety Manual Vol III, Part B (including Chapter 6 – Automated Vessels)
  • ISM Code and Company Responsibilities
  • STCW
  • ACP and MSP Programs
  • Plant Reliability and Periodic Safety Test Procedures
  • ABS Rules incorporated by reference
  • Basic Instrumentation
  • Degrees of automation and the road to UMS approval from the USCG
  • Performance based class scenarios covering common issues discovered

Class Schedule

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