SM2 – Ship Management Level 2

The following subjects are covered by the Ship Management Level 2 Exam

SubjectKnowledge Required
Knowledge of the Canada Shipping Act- 2001, Marine Personnel Regulations, Pilotage Act and Canada Labour Code, Part IICanada Shipping Act (CSA): Knowledge of Canada Shipping Act-2001 relating to Registrations, listing and recording; Personnel; Safety; Navigation Services; Incidents, accidents and casualties; Wreck; Pollution prevention and response – Department of fisheries and oceans; Pollution Prevention – Department of Transport; and Enforcement.Marine Personnel Regulations:
Knowledge of Part 2 of the Marine Personnel Regulations relating to the crewing requirements for Canadian vessels, in particular the training and familiarization required, the minimum complement, the safe manning documents, the validity of certificates and endorsements, the deck watch, the radio watch and the medical examination of seafarers.Knowledge of Part 3, of the Marine Personnel Regulations relating to Maritime Labour Standards, in particular the requirements regarding age, seafarer recruitment and placement,conditions of employment, the hours of work and hours of rest, food and water, on board complaint procedures and log books.Pilotage Act:
Knowledge of the Pilotage Act, including compulsory pilotage; Pilot’s responsibility to master; Master relieving pilot; When a pilot shall not pilot; Pilotage exemption or waiver;Canada Labour Code:
Knowledge of the application of the Canada Labour Code to shipping.
Ship’s BusinessKnowledge of custom house and immigration procedures; Quarantine Regulations; De-rat certificates; Tonnage certificates; Charter parties and bills of lading; Noting protest and right to extend; Marine insurance contract and its relationship to master’s responsibility to owners and underwriters.
Canadian RegulationsKnowledge of Shipping Casualty Reporting Regulations; Shipping Inquiries Investigation Rules; Potable Water Regulations for Common Carriers; Vessel Certificates Regulations; Prevention of Pollution from Ships and for Dangerous Chemicals Regulations; Marine Transportation Security Act and Regulations; Load Line Regulations; Merchant Seamen’s Compensation Act.
Knowledge of master’s responsibilities in different eventsKnowledge of master’s responsibilities in event of salvage and salvage agreements; Obligations and responsibilities in event of emergencies, collision, distress, search and rescue; Vessel reporting systems; Legal consequences of infractions of regulations; Functions of agents; Business aspects of putting into port with damaged ship or cargo.

The examination consists of a written test comprising multiple-choice and descriptive questions. The following are sources are permitted into the exam

  • Canada Labour Code HTML or PDF
  • Pilotage Act HTML or PDF
  • Canada Shipping Act HTML or PDF
  • Load Line Regulations HTML or PDF
  • Marine Personnel Regulations HTML or PDF
  • Marine Transportation Security Act HTML or PDF
  • Marine Transportation Security Regulations HTML
  • Merchant Seamen Compensation Act HTML or PDF
  • Pilotage Act HTML or PDF
  • Potable Water Regulations for common carriers HTML or PDF
  • Quarantine Regulations HTML or PDF
  • Regulations for Prevention of Pollution from Ships and for Dangerous Chemicals (Has been repealed, 2012, now Canada Shipping Act, as above)
  • Shipping Casualty Reporting Regulations HTML or PDF
  • Shipping Inquiries Investigation Rules (Has been repealed, 2012, now Canada Shipping Act, as above)
  • Vessel Certificates Regulations HTML or PDF

This exam is largely based on the study and knowledge of Canadian legislation. However, there are a number of books on these subjects that may be helpful for studying. Also, international treaties and codes are incorporated into Canadian Law.

International Maritime Organization

Guide to Maritime Security and ISPS Code
Available in English, French and as an Ebook.
Developed to consolidate existing IMO maritime security-related material into an easily read companion guide to SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code in order to assist States in promoting maritime security through development of the requisite legal framework, associated administrative practices, procedures and the necessary material, technical and human resources. Does not supersede the ISPS Code, 2003 Edition but aims to assist SOLAS Contracting Governments in relation to the provisions of SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code.

ISM Code & Guidelines
Available in English, French, Spanish and as an Ebook
4th ed. With the entry into force, in 1998, of the 1994 amendments to SOLAS, 1974, which introduced a new chapter IX into the Convention, the International Safety Management Code (ISM) was made mandatory. The Code, in its current form, was adopted by the Organization in 1993 and amended in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2013. This publication is essential for all those with an interest in ensuring safety at sea; ship owners and operators, shipping companies, shipbuilder, and institutes providing training.

Other Organizations

Mariner’s Role in Collecting Evidence: Text and Handbook
Phil Anderson

3rd ed. Part A of the Text provides general guidance to the subject of collecting evidence and examines: the nature of evidence, why it needs to be collected, sources, contemporaneous and recorded evidence. Also includes information on how evidence is likely to be used in criminal and civil actions. Part B covers the types of evidence which is required to support or defend a claim and is divided into different categories of incident: cargo related, ship related, people related, environmentally related, and commercial/operations incidents. The accompanying Handbook provides an easy explanation and checklists for topics covered in the main text.

Maritime Transportation: Safety Management and Risk Analysis
Svein Kristiansen
Covers all aspects of maritime risk and safety from engineering and operational perspectives, as well as regulatory and health and safety requirements.

Reeds 21st Century Ship Management
John W Dickie
Addresses the demands of modern ship management with the focus of the book as much about the people who manage ships as about the theory and practice of ship management. Contents include:

1. A Brief History of Ship Management
2. Legislation & The four pillars
a) SOLAS
b) MARPOL
c) STCW
d) MLC
3. Ship Certificates and Document
4. What Is Required of a Ship Manager?
5. The ISM Code, The ISPS Code, PSC
6. 3rd Party Inspections
7. Working as Part of a Team and What That Means
8. Job Descriptions and What They Mean
9. An Introduction to Commercial Ship Practices and How They Affect the Ship Manager
10. Operational Management and Ship Types
11. Fatigue at Sea and in the Office
12. Emergency Response and the Role of the Ship Manager
13. Effective Communications
14. Introduction to Chartering and Marine Insurance
15. Budgets and Statistics
16. Relationship between the Ship Manager, the Master, the Company Security Officer and Designated Person

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