Basic training in high voltage onboard ships

for who

Any seafarer working as Officer in charge of an engineering, Second engineer and Chief engineer onboard commercial or pleasure vessels with an output over 750 kW.

From 1 September 2020, these provisions apply to fishing vessels.


Obtain basic skills in high-voltage electrical systems in all installations where the produced and distributed voltage is over 1 000 V AC or 1 500 V DC and below 15000 V.


16 hours


Decree dated 12 April 2016 related to courses in high-voltage onboard ships
– Amendments 2010 Manilla Convention STCW training table A-III/1,2 and 6


Design characteristics and operation of high-voltage systems:
– High-voltage, definition and benefits
– Description of systems and main components (generator, distribution switchboard, motor)
– Faulty insulation
– Link with structure
– Applicable regulations
Risks assessment and precautions to take to operate electrical systems > 1000 V:
– risks of remote electrisation, electric shock
– electrisation effects, difference between high and low electrisation
– warning signals
– risks of arc fault and propagation
– basic parameters of an electric arc
– causes and risks linked to the handling of electric circuits
Organisation of electric works, safety precautions and procedures:
– IEC 600092-509 Standard
– Terminology for systems, persons, organisation of communication in areas, work, protection
– Operating electrical installations, personnel safety, organisation…
– Standard operating procedure
– Electric works procedure
– Maintenance operation
– Definition of French regulations


ENSM Marseille, Le Havre and Saint-Malo campuses

teaching staff

Maritime academy professors and technical professors

statement for the issuance of an STCW certificate


Satisfaction survey

This training as a satisfaction rate of 88%.

Certification/statement issuance rate

The certification / statement issuance rate for this training is 100%



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