Load Lines



On completion of the training program, the student will be awarded:

→ A Certificate of Load Lines, issued by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore.

The Certificate of Load Lines is obtained after completing the course and passing the online test.


This training course provides a general overview of the requirements of the International Load Lines Convention and the conditions of assignment of load lines.

Whom the course is for

The course Load Lines is aimed at anyone interested in understanding the requirements established by the International Load Lines Convention. This may include Ship Managers, Technical Superintendents, Ship Masters, Officers and Seafarers; Offshore Units Operators and Technical Staff, Shipyards Technical Staff; Surveyors; P&I and/or Insurance Inspectors; etc.


On completion of the training, students will be able to:

  • Know the general requirements of the International Load Lines Convention and understand the conditions of assignment of load lines..
  • Know the different types of surveys; understand the scope of each survey and the certificates, records and documents associated with the Load Lines Convention.
  • Know the most common deficiencies and PSC detainable items in connection with the Load Lines Convention.

Course Contents

History of Load Lines Convention

Purpose of the Convention


Freeboard calculation

Load line marks

Conditions of assignment

  • Information to be supplied to the Master
  • Doors
  • Cargo and other hatchways
  • Machinery space openings and miscellaneous openings
  • Ventilators and air pipes
  • Scuppers, inlets and discharges
  • Scuttles and windows
  • Freeing ports
  • Protection of crew
  • Special conditions of assignment for Type A ships

Special requirements for ships assigned with timber freeboards

Certificates, records and other documents

Scope of Load Line surveys

  • Initial survey
  • Annual survey
  • Renewal survey

Common PSC deficiencies related to Load Lines

  • PSC statistics
  • Detainable deficiencies