Hot work

Doing the job safely

Over the years, hot work on ships has resulted in many serious fires and explosions and caused numerous deaths and serious injuries. Too often these incidents have occurred because people failed to follow procedures or assumed that safety precautions were someone else’s responsibility.

This module aims to make sure that crew are fully aware of the procedures and precautions that will keep them and the ship safe.

  • E-learning: #0282
  • Revision: 5.00
  • Published: 15.11.2017
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Hot Work operations involve sources of ignition or temperatures that are high enough to cause the ignition of a flammable gas mixture. This includes welding, soldering, blowtorches, some power-driven tools, internal combustion engines and portable electrical equipment that is not intrinsically safe. 

To help avoid accidents, company, port and terminal requirements should always be followed, and the correct procedures should be implemented to ensure that tasks can be completed safely.

Legislation & references
  • STCW AVI/1-2 and A-VI/1-4
  • COSWP Ch23 + Annex 16.1.4
  • ILO Code of Practice on “Accident Prevention on Board Ship at Sea and in Port” Ch 13
  • IMO MSC/Circ.1084 Principles for hot work on board all types of vessels
  • ISGOTT Ch 9.4 
Learning objectives
  • Define ‘hot work’
  • Explain the hazards created by hot work on board ship
  • Describe the risk assessment necessary prior to hot work
  • Identify the limitations of a hot work permit  
  • List precautions to be taken to ensure safe control of hot work 
English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean,
Duration 30 minutes
Target groups
  • Deck - Support
  • Engine - Support
  • Seagull Maritime AS
Related information
Ship types:
STCW: Operation & Safety