Guide for Trainsiting the Turkish Straits
The purpose of this briefing paper is to provide guidance for OCIMF member companies when considering the transit of their tankers through the Turkish Straits. The paper does not make judgements on whether or not these transits should be undertaken, but provides additional guidance to assist with member companies’ own risk assessment processes. For the purpose of this document, and for consistency with relevant Turkish regulations, international treaties and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recommendations, the Turkish Straits are defined as comprising the Strait of Istanbul (Bosporus), the Strait of Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and the Sea of Marmara.
Shipping Operations in the Arctic Region - Briefing Paper for OCIMF Member Chartering and Vetting Groups
November 2011
Ship Security Bridge Vulnerability Study
Safety, Health, Environmental Issues and Recommendations for Shipboard Handling of Elevated Mercury Crude Cargoes
This paper provides information on the potential hazards, issues, and concerns associated with mercury in crude oil cargoes, and contains advice to assist tanker operators in order to establish procedures aimed at minimising health, safety and environmental impacts.
Safe Access on Ships with Exposed or Raised Deck Structures
This Information Paper has been developed to highlight the issues and risks associated with the changes to deck structure and how these risks might be mitigated to ensure safe access and working in the cargo deck area. The Information Paper is intended for the use of both ship and terminal personnel and will hopefully help to reduce the frequency and probability of accidents in this area.
Recommendations Relating to the Application of Requirements Governing Seafarers’ Hours of Work and Rest
This information paper highlights areas of concern with regard to potential ambiguities and differing interpretations of the requirements of applicable Conventions (2010 Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention). The paper considers minimum expectations to ensure compliance with related provisions, recommendations are provided for the information of OCIMF members and the managers and crews of applicable vessels.
Recommendations on the Proactive Use of Voyage Data Recorder Information
This paper highlights how the proactive analysis of Voyage Data Recorder information, on a regular basis, can provide an important tool for use in accident prevention and the reinforcement of a positive operational safety culture. The paper also depicts the analysis of tanker incidents during the period 1978 to 2011 which indicates that navigational incidents involving collisions, contacts or groundings have consistently accounted for around half of all incidents and how there is a potential to learn lessons from other industries, particularly aviation, by improving the analysis and assessment of available data.
Recommendations on the Hazard Assessment of Fuel Changeover Processes
This paper provides guidelines to oil tanker operators and other interested parties on the potential consequences of fuel switching between residual and distillate fuels where ships’ installations have typically been designed and manufactured to be used with residual fuels (HFO). INTERTANKO and OCIMF have developed this guidance with the aim of providing a simple check list of items which should be part of a Risk Assessment and a Hazard Identification (HAZID) assessment, for main engines, auxiliary engines and boiler systems in oil tankers covering the switching to, and long term operation on, low sulphur marine distillate fuel. It is recommended that such assessments are conducted in cooperation with classification societies, equipment manufacturers/installers and/or other experienced entities. The differences between the composition and physical properties of low sulphur marine distillate fuel and residual fuels (HFO) result in significant differences with regard to the safe operation of installed systems which should be addressed by specific operational instructions and procedures. Operators will need to undertake a risk assessment of the fuel switching process and, based on the results, consider the initial design or the need for modification to existing equipment, as well as updating instructions and providing associated training to the crew.
Recommendations On Engineering Watch Duty Period Handover And Inspection Routines
Recommendations for the Safe Management of Cargo Additive Activities Onboard
The addition of small quantities of specialist additives and fluids, such as dyes, liquid markers, anti-static agents and lubricating oil additives, to crude oils and oil products during loading, prior to departing the load port or at discharge port is a relatively common practice, often referred to as ‘doping’. In the majority of cases, the additives are introduced into the oil through a closed in-line system, thereby enhancing the safety of the activity and preserving the integrity of the ship’s closed operation. However, there are a small number of marine terminals that are not equipped with closed in-line additive injection system. This paper considers the potential hazards and issues associated with the manual addition of additives into ships’ tanks and contains guidance to assist tanker operators, terminals and/or performing contractors to establish procedures aimed at minimising health, safety and environmental impacts. This paper only deals with doping, that is activities aimed at improving or adjusting the particular specification of a cargo by adding additives etc. and does not address blending or co-mingling of different grades of cargo onboard.
Recommendations for Alternatives to Traditional Emergency Tow-off Pennants - Report of the Working Group
July 2010
Recommendation Briefing Paper for OCIMF Member Companies on Guidelines for Transiting the Straits of Magellan including Commentary on Passages around Cape Horn
November 2010
Offshore Vessel Operations In Ice And Or Severe Sub Zero Temperatures In Arctic And Sub Arctic Regions
BMP4 - Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy
BMP4 has been produced by the shipping industry in consultation with EUNAVFOR, NATO, CMF, UKMTO and INTERPOL. OCIMF has been central to the process of producing BMP4 and is coordinating the distribution of the BMP4 booklets. Industry's focus when revising Best Management Practice has been on targeting the document at Ship Operators and Seafarers. With this in mind the document has been produced as a pocket-sized booklet providing essential basic information. Updates to BMP4 include an executive summary, Company and Ship Master’s planning in a clear tabular format and the removal of the Arabian Gulf from the High Risk Area. This wider application of the BMP is essential to help counter the threat from Somali-based piracy.
Lloyd's Register Risk Assessment of ETOPS Onboard Tank Vessels
October 2009
Maintaining Structural and Operational Integrity on Tankers Carrying Cold Oil Cargoes
Cold climate oil and gas production continues to increase along with the expansion and use of cold climate ports and sea routes. As trade opportunities increase, operators are faced with the challenges of trading in extreme conditions. The purpose of this document is to remind operators of the structural hazards and restrictions in the carriage of Cold Oil Cargoes (<0 °C). Operators considering the carriage of Cold Oil Cargoes should consider consulting appropriate experts, their Classification Society and insurance providers, while developing a safe operating plan.
Industry Guidelines for the use of Private Maritime Security Contractors (PMSC) as Additional Protection in Waters affected by Somali Piracy
The Paper was jointly developed by OCIMF, BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and IG P&I. The Paper does not endorse the use of PMSCs. The guidance addresses PMSC selection criteria, and service provision considerations to assist ship operators and others when considering the use of PMSCs, both armed and unarmed. The Paper emphasises that if PMSCs are used then they should be in addition to Industry Best Management Practices, and not as an alternative. The Paper was produced in response to the increasing use of PMSCs, significant concerns as to the varying standards of PMSCs and the general absence of Flag State guidance, international regulation or PMSC industry regulation and standards. The Paper will be reviewed at regular intervals.
Guidelines on Capabilities of Emergency Response Services
Emergency Response Services (ERS) are rarely used, and as such may not attract appropriate priority of emphasis in vessel management. Merely having a service agreement in place does not ensure that, when needed, the quality of service provided meets the need. Recognising the potential hazards associated with the lack of consistency in the provision and utilisation of ERS, the OCIMF Marine Technical Sub-committee was tasked to form a Working Group to review current systems and practices in the industry, and to make any necessary recommendations for improvement. The objective of these Guidelines is to clarify and recommend the minimum scope of ERS provision, and to give advice on suggested minimum requirements of competency and capability of ERS service providers.
Guide To Purchasing High Modulus Synthetic Fibre Mooring Lines February 2014 1
Guidance related to the Construction and Use of Citadels in Waters Affected by Somali Piracy
This Paper was jointly developed by Shipping Industry Organisations who are signatories of BMP4 with support from EUNAVFOR, NATO, CMF and UKMTO. This Paper does not attempt to recommend or endorse the construction/use of a citadel but aims to present the relevant facts to enable the Ship Owner/Operator to reach a reasoned conclusion as to whether or not to utilise a citadel. This Paper was produced in response to the noted increasing use of citadels as a defence against Somali Piracy. The standards of citadels and the approaches to citadels have been varied, and the document lays down a structured approach as to the factors to be considered when considering a citadel not least it being based upon a thorough Risk Assessment, and that all other avenue of Self Protection as laid down in BMP4 have been exhausted.
GHG Emission-Mitigating Measures for Oil Tankers - Part A: Review of Reduction Potential
The information paper provides the report of a workshop held by OCIMF to evaluate the effectiveness of over 50 CO2 mitigating measures which can be grouped into the 4 main strategies for reducing GHG emissions from Tankers; Reducing ship resistance, improving propulsion efficiency, improving power generation and improving vessel operations.
Marine Injury Reporting Guidelines
Feb 97
Winch Brake Bands Design Considerations Impacting on Reeling Direction
Further considerations on winch brake band design and reeling direction that should be reviewed by vetting departments and ship inspectors. November 2006.
Marine Breakaway Couplings Information Paper
November 2008
Specification guidance for dock hoses
Estimating The Environmental Loads On Anchoring Systems
October 2010
Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI)
The information paper provides guidance for OCIMF member companies explaining what the component parts of the Energy Efficiency Design Index mean and the impact that it may have on new vessel design. Additionally the paper highlights the limitations of the EEDI and explores possible areas where it could be improved upon in the future, highlighting those areas which will require consideration by members when commissioning a new build oil tanker.
A Guide to the IOPC Fund Regimes - May 2000 - 2
A Guide to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Regimes.
Pumproom Safety
Sept 95
Oily Water Separators
Shipping industry guidance on the use of Oily Water Separators ensuring compliance with MARPOL. February 2006.
Enhanced Survey Programme
An Extended Scope for the Enhanced Survey Programme (ESP) Aug 99
Inert Gas Systems
Inert Gas Systems - Block and Bleed Valve Arrangements for Chemical Tankers Carrying Chemicals and Petroleum Products Jan 00
Inert Gas Systems, Semi-dry Type Deck Water Seals
Inert Gas Systems, Semi-dry Type Deck Water Seals - Prevention of Inert Gas/Hydrocarbon Backflow.
Guidelines on the Control of Drugs and Alcohol Onboard Ship
June 95
Ship to Ship Transfers Considerations Reverse Lightering
September 2009
Manning at Conventional Marine Terminals
June 2008
The Use of Large Tankers in Seasonal First-Year Ice and Severe Sub-Zero Conditions
October 2009
Hydrostatically Balance Loading
Dec 98
Inert Gas Systems Dry Type Deck Water Seals
Inert Gas Systems Dry Type Deck Water Seals - Prevention of Inert Gas/Hydrocarbon Backflow.
Accelerated Corrosion
Factors Influencing Accelerated Corrosion of Cargo Oil Tanks Sept 97
Lifeboat Incident Survey 2000
Extract from Survival Craft Seafarers' Guide
Guidance For Oil Terminal Operators On The IMO International Ship And Port Facility Security Code
This guide provides marine terminal operators with information which it is anticipated will aid interpretation and implementation of the requirements for port facilities. December 2003.
Recommendations for Ships' Lifting Equipment
Recommendations for the Tagging/Labelling, Testing and Maintenance, Documentation/Certification for Ships' Lifting Equipment May 2005
Ship to Ship Transfer Check List Appendix 1
Guidelines on Safety Management Systems for Hot Work and Entry into enclosed spaces
Health Safety and Environment at New-Building and Repair Shipyards and During Factory Acceptance Testing - 2
Guidance on those factors that should be addressed by a company or a shipyard and their personnel, during construction, conversion or repair period to help ensure that HSE risks to people, property and the environment are kept to minimum. July 2003.
Additional Mooring
Potential Hazards Associated with Requests for Additional Mooring Lines by Terminal Operators Nov 97
Cargo Inspectors - Safe Working Practices
October 2009
Port and Terminal Information
Sept 97
Industry Code of Practice on Ship Recycling
Aug 2001
Ship Measurement - Deadweight or Displacement?
Summary of Results of the MARIN Study to Validate the Adequacy of SPM Mooring Equipment Recommendations
Tandem Single Point Mooring Study 2005 - May 2007
Results of a Survey into Lifeboat Safety
July 94

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