Lesson series (LES001)

Bunker Spill

In this lesson, we'll examine a real-life bunker spill, including its causes, effects, and the measures taken to minimise its impact. We'll also cover key insights and lessons to be learned from this incident.
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Course Information


This is an information & Awareness Course


A stable internet is required for parts of this course


This course is presented in English

Skill Level

All skill levels 

Flag Classification

Not Required



Lesson Description

This lesson is designed to provide seafarers with a comprehensive understanding of bunker spills, their causes, prevention, and response protocols. Bunker spills, a type of maritime pollution, can have detrimental effects on the marine environment and surrounding ecosystems. This lesson will cover the importance of proper bunkering procedures, the various factors that contribute to spills, and the steps to mitigate and respond to a spill effectively. By the end of this lesson, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to prevent, manage, and respond to bunker spills, ensuring environmental stewardship and maritime safety.

Course Sections

  • Bunker spills and their environmental impact

  • P&I Real case study - Bunker spillage whilst bunkering the vessel

  • Human Factor - Behaviours causes and effect contributing to oil spills

  • Bunkering Guidance

Learning Objectives

Learning Objective 1

Understand the importance of bunker operations in the maritime industry and the role of a bunker operator.

Learning Objective 2

Understand the procedures and safety precautions involved in bunker operations, including risk assessments, safety checks, and emergency response protocols.

Learning Objective 3

Understand the environmental impact of bunker operations and the measures to minimize pollution and reduce emissions.

Learning Objective 4

A basic understanding of how Human behaviours effect outcomes

Learning Objective 5

An understanding of how Peer Pressure can lead to dangerous events taking place within operations aboard a ship

Learning Objective 6

Apply the knowledge and skills gained in the course to real-world situations and scenarios, including problem-solving and decision-making in bunker operations.

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