GSK3 – General Ship Knowledge 3

General Ship Knowledge 3

This exam is mostly open book, and is entirely based upon Laws, Acts and Regulations pertaining to various aspects of the shipboard and seagoing profession. Workplace safety and environmental protection are of particular importance.

For the Acts and Regulations that are open book we recommend that you download and briefly read over them. Don’t worry about actually trying to learn each entire publication, that would be impossible! You should aim to make sure that you know which publication deals with which issues, and have some idea of the layout of the publication, that way you will be able to find answers to the questions in good time.

The materials that you will not have access to in the exam are the IMO publications (listed below).


General Ship Knowledge, Level 3 (Page 159, Section 11.7)


We are aware that some of these links go to Acts or Regulations that have been Repealed. As they are still on the syllabus we thought it best to keep the links as is. We recommend you speak to your examiner to clarify any discrepancies.

Arctic Shipping Pollution Prevention Regulations

Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations

Boat and Fire Drill and Means of Exit Regulations

Canada Labour Code

Canada Shipping Act-2001

Fire Safety Regulations

Life-Saving Equipment Regulations

Maritime Occupational Safety and Health Regulations

Marine Personnel Regulations

Pollutant Discharge Reporting Regulations, 1995

Regulations for Prevention of Pollution from Ships and for Dangerous Chemicals

Safety and Health Committees and Representatives Regulations

Shipping Safety Control Zones Order

Vessel Certificates Regulations

Other Required Resources:

You will also need to have a working knowledge of these IMO publications. They are expensive, but to be 100% prepared you will want to have read these. Note that these are not available during the exam.

MARPOL (Marine Pollution Regulations)

SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea)

ISM (International Safety Management Code)

ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security Code)

STCW (Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping)

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  2. Do you know if this course can be challenged? Or it must be taken at an approved learning centre. I find this information for each course difficult to find through Transport Canada. Thank you

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