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.
27 Nov 2006 Download
Summary of Results of the MARIN Study to Validate the Adequacy of SPM Mooring Equipment Recommendations 01 May 2007 Download
Ship Security Bridge Vulnerability Study 31 Oct 2014 Download
Ship Measurement - Deadweight or Displacement? 16 Feb 2000 Download
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.
16 Aug 2011 Download
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.
02 Mar 2012 Download
Results of a Survey into Lifeboat Safety 01 Jul 1994 Download
Recommendations Relating To The Application Of Requirements Governing Seafarers Hours Of Work And Rest 01 Nov 2012 Download
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.
01 Oct 2012 Download
Recommendations on the Hazard Identification 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.
01 Apr 2013 Download
Recommendations On Engineering Watch Duty Period Handover And Inspection Routines 01 Apr 2013 Download
Recommendations for the Tagging/Labelling, Testing and Maintenance, Documentation/Certification for Ships' Lifting Equipment 01 May 2005 Download
Recommendations for Alternatives to Traditional Emergency Tow-off Pennants - Report of the Working Group 16 Jul 2010 Download
Potential Hazards Associated with Requests for Additional Mooring Lines by Terminal Operators September 01 Sep 1997 Download
Port and Terminal Information 01 Sep 1997 Download
Oily Water Separators
Shipping industry guidance on the use of Oily Water Separators ensuring compliance with MARPOL.
16 Feb 2006 Download
Offshore Vessel Operations In Ice And Or Severe Sub Zero Temperatures In Arctic And Sub Arctic Regions 09 Oct 2014 Download
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.
01 Aug 2011 Download
Lloyd's Register Risk Assessment of ETOPS Onboard Tank Vessels 01 Oct 2009 Download
Marine Injury Reporting Guidelines 01 Feb 1997 Download
Marine Breakaway Couplings Information Paper 04 Nov 2008 Download
Manning at Conventional Marine Terminals 01 Jun 2008 Download
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.
14 Dec 2012 Download
Lifeboat Incident Survey 01 Jan 2000 Download
Inert Gas Systems, Semi-dry Type Deck Water Seals - Prevention of Inert Gas/Hydrocarbon Backflow. 16 Feb 2000 Download
Inert Gas Systems Dry Type Deck Water Seals - Prevention of Inert Gas/Hydrocarbon Backflow. 16 Feb 2000 Download
Inert Gas Systems - Block and Bleed Valve Arrangements for Chemical Tankers Carrying Chemicals and Petroleum Products 16 Feb 2000 Download
Industry Code of Practice on Ship Recycling 01 Aug 2001 Download
Hydrostatically Balanced Loading 01 Dec 1998 Download
Health Safety and Environment at New-Building and Repair Shipyards and During Factory Acceptance Testing
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.
01 Jul 2003 Download
Guidelines on the Control of Drugs and Alcohol Onboard Ship 01 Jun 1995 Download
Guidelines on Safety Management Systems for Hot Work and Entry into enclosed spaces 01 Jan 2008 Download
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.
01 Mar 2013 Download
Guide to Purchasing High Modulus Synthetic Fibre Mooring Lines (Joint SIGTTO publication) 01 Feb 2014 Download
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.
01 Dec 2003 Download
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.
06 Jul 2011 Download
Factors Influencing Accelerated Corrosion of Cargo Oil Tanks
01 Sep 1997 Download
Extract from Survival Craft Seafarers' Guide 28 Oct 2008 Download
Estimating The Environmental Loads On Anchoring Systems 01 Oct 2010 Download
Cargo Inspectors - Safe Working Practices 13 Oct 2009 Download
An Information Paper on Pumproom Safety 01 Sep 1995 Download
An Extended Scope for the Enhanced Survey Programme (ESP) 01 Aug 1999 Download
A Guide to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Regimes 01 May 2000 Download

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