Enclosed space entry

Emergencies and rescue

Despite the high priority given to enclosed spaces in safety meetings, and the amount of information available to warn crews of the dangers, they are still the cause of many deaths. This is often because crew members don’t realise they’re entering a dangerous space or they are complacent and fail to follow procedures.

  • Film: #2509.03
  • Revision: 3.00
  • Published: 3/15/2017 12:00:00 AM


Legislation & references

  • STCW A-VI/1-4 + relevant parts of A-II/5, A-III/5 and A-III/7 + A-II/1, A-II/2, A-II/3, A-III/1, A-III/2, A-III/4 and A-III/6
  • COSWP Ch15
  • ILO Code of Practice on “Accident Prevention on Board Ship at Sea and in Port” ch10.
  • IMO Resolution A.1050(27).
  • ISGOTT CH10 + refs in chs 2, 7 and 14

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the possible causes of an enclosed space emergency
  • Recognise signs of adverse health effects caused by exposure to hazards in enclosed spaces
  • Describe the emergency procedures for rescue from an enclosed space
  • List the elements of an enclosed space entry contingency plan
  • Identify common errors made when an enclosed space entry operation becomes an emergency situation
  • Identify the requirement for, and purpose of, effective enclosed space rescue drills


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  • Exmar Ship Management
  • Interlink Maritime Corp.
  • Bernhard Schulte Ship Management
  • Naviera Armas
  • Nordic Hamburg
  • Kedextin S.L
  • Hoegh Autoliners

Related Information

Operation and Safety

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Target groups

  • Deck - Management
  • Deck - Operational
  • Deck - Support
  • Electric - Operational
  • Electric - Support
  • Engine - Management
  • Engine - Operational
  • Engine - Support
  • Support Galley