Marine Emergency Duties for Senior Officers


This course is intended for those applying for examination for almost all mate’s certificate of competency and for 3rd class marine engineer and above certification and for Fishing Master 1st and 2nd class certificates.

This course provides senior officers with the knowledge and skills to gather and digest information, to make rational decisions based on the facts during an emergency, to recognize how preplanning and preparation and training will assist in the overall emergency management process.

The course meets the standards of Transport Canada Document TP 4957E and is approved by Transport Canada.


This program will cover the following topics: 

  • Contingency plans
  • The orientation and emergency training of crew members
  • Emergency management
  • Muster lists
  • Drills using pre-planned initial responses
  • Drills while responding to changing situations
  • Management “schemas”
  • Leadership style for use during an emergency at sea
  • Communications strategies
  • Damage control
  • Vessel stability pre-planning
  • Leak stopping and shoring
  • Abandon ship
  • Search and Rescue
  • Role and authority of the Rescue Coordination Centers
  • Role and authority of the On Scene Commander during a distress situation
  • Establishing search patterns using IAMSAR volume 3 or CANMERSAR
  • Using onboard first aid / medical manuals to assist in a major medical / industrial emergency
  • Developing strategies and procedures for handling medical emergencies / industrial accidents in a marine environment


Two (2) days.

Course Details


Trainees should be in a good state of health and are expected to participate in all physical training requirements.

Trainees must hold either: 

  • A valid MED A1, B1; B2 and C course completion certificates


  • STCW Basic Safety, Proficiency in Survival Craft and Advanced Fire Fighting course completion certificates

A valid Government Identification is required and must be presented for registration and to the instructor on the first day of course commencement.  (Driver’s License, Passport, Vantage card)

Copies to be provided to Survival Systems Training Limited

It is recommended that this course is NOT taken until the trainee holds a Chief Mate Near Coastal Voyage or Third Class Engineer Certificate of Competency to maximize benefits obtained from the course.

WITHOUT EXCEPTION, those trainees in non-compliance will be refused and billed the full program fee.


All persons who successfully complete the course based on the performance standards will receive:

  • A Transport Canada certificate of completion for Marine Emergency Duties for Senior Officers (MED D)

General Course Information      Medical Requirements

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