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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
The Hazards of Snap-back - Initial learnings from a serious incident of mooring line failure
This information paper provides a brief description of an incident in which a deck officer in charge of the forward mooring party on board a very large liquid natural gas (LNG) carrier was seriously injured when a tensioned mooring line parted, and the lessons learnt from it.
01 Sep 2015 Download
The Guidelines On Cyber Security Onboard Ships
Ships are increasingly using systems that rely on digitisation, integration, and automation, which calls for cyber risk management on board. As technology continues to develop, information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) onboard ships are being networked together – and more frequently connected to the internet.
05 Jul 2017 Download
Summary of Results of the MARIN Study to Validate the Adequacy of SPM Mooring Equipment Recommendations
Shipboard equipment recommended in the 3 rd Edition of OCIMF’s Recommendations for Equipment Employed in the Mooring of Ships at Single Point Moorings has been increasingly used for mooring conventional tankers in tandem to FPSOs and FSOs. Industry concerns regarding the suitability of such equipment for tandem mooring arrangements resulted in OCIMF members commissioning the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) to conduct a series of numeric modelling simulations.
01 May 2007 Download
Ship Security Bridge Vulnerability Study
To determine the effects of weapons fired at the bridge of tankers and to recommend effective ship hardening measures to mitigate the threat.
31 Oct 2014 Download
Ship Measurement - Deadweight or Displacement?
It has been convenient for those engaged in the shipping industry and tanker and bulk trades, to use "summer deadweight" as the means of giving a reasonable description of the physical size of a ship as well as being an approximate guide to her cargo carrying capacity.
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
Safety Critical Equipment And Spare Parts Guidance 29 Mar 2018 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
During the course of regular industry meetings, OCIMF members became aware of the disturbing frequency at which similar, and occasionally fatal, lifeboat incidents were occurring. This paper has been prepared by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) to increase industry awareness of the repetitive pattern of these incidents and to propose countermeasures for consideration by relevant industry bodies.
01 Jul 1994 Download
Regional Guide To Counter Piracy And Armed Robbery Against Ships In Asia
The purpose of this guide is to assist those responsible for the operation of ships trading in Asia including companies, owners, masters, agents and seafarers in avoiding attacks, deterring attacks and delaying attacks, actions when attacked and evidence preservation
17 Feb 2016 Download
Recommendations Relating To The Application Of Requirements Governing Seafarers Hours Of Work And Rest
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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
The widespread introduction of machinery automation and associated alarm and control systems has significantly changed the nature of operational practices on board vessels. The extensive use of computers, monitoring tools and equipment has increased the volume and accuracy of data to the extent that there is a risk that the responsible officer may become insulated from the actual machinery status and performance.
01 Apr 2013 Download
Recommendations for the Tagging/Labelling, Testing and Maintenance, Documentation/Certification for Ships' Lifting Equipment
The purpose of the following recommendations is to provide a basis for consideration when drafting internationally applicable and accepted guidelines, to enable builders owners and users of ships lifting equipment to install operate and maintain the equipment in a safe and efficient manner
01 May 2005 Download
Recommendations for Alternatives to Traditional Emergency Tow-off Pennants - Report of the Working Group 16 Jul 2010 Download
Recommendation Briefing Paper For OCIMF Member Companies On Guidelines For Transiting The Straits Of Magellan Including Commentary On Passages Around Cape Horn
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01 Nov 2010 Download
Potential Hazards Associated with Requests for Additional Mooring Lines by Terminal Operators
A number of serious incidents have occurred in recent years involving shore requests for large tankers to moor using additional synthetic lines to supplement their own mooring wires. This paper has been prepared by OCIMF to raise industry awareness of the dangers associated with such shore requests for the provision of additional mooring lines, especially those resulting in mixed (synthetic fibre/wire) mooring arrangements.
01 Sep 1997 Download
Port and Terminal Information
This Port and Terminal Information sheet is intended to be a document for the uniform presentation of basic important port and terminal data, in an easily available and easily consulted format. It is not intended to replace the information booklet published by most terminals and/or ports which gives detailed information of the facilities available. It presents the information in a consistent summarized form for easy and immediate reference by ships personnel, shipowners/operators, charterers, and others.
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
The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance to operators and charterers of offshore support vessels employed for use in areas impacted by ice or severe sub-zero temperatures with the aim of encouraging high standards of safety and environmental protection for those operating in Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions.
15 Oct 2014 Download
Lloyd's Register Risk Assessment of ETOPS Onboard Tank Vessels
The existence of “fire wires” or, more correctly, e mergency tow-off pennant systems (ETOPS) is based more on history and having “always done it that way ” than necessity. Historical data shows no documented evidence of their use. At the same time, the tanker industry has evolved bringing the practicality of ETOPS into question. With the continued occurrences of injuries, both minor and serious, to vessel personnel deploying and recovering ETOPS, it is time to discontinue the routine practice of deploying ETOPS.
01 Oct 2009 Download
Northern Sea Route Navigation: Best Practices And Challenges
This information paper highlights the challenges and best practices that ship managers and operators should consider when planning and executing a transit of the NSR. It supplements information available from existing sources, particularly from the Northern Sea Route Administration which organises navigation in the NSR and whose goals are to ensure safe navigation and protection of the marine environment from pollution.
07 Dec 2017 Download
Marine Injury Reporting Guidelines
The primary purpose of these guidelines is to promote, among tanker operators, an increased understanding and awareness of personnel safety through the efficient and accurate reporting and recording of accidents.
01 Feb 1997 Download
Marine Breakaway Couplings Information Paper
Offshore marine terminals providing bulk liquid transfer facilities to tankers through floating and sub-sea flexible hose strings may be at risk of tanker breakout and surge pressures within the hose strings. Tanker breakouts may be as a result of parting of mooring hawsers due to excessive environmental forces and surge pressures may be experienced due to operational errors, such as the incorrect operation of transfer valves. Where no protective device has been installed, such incidents have resulted in the rupture of hoses or damage to Single Point Mooring systems (SPMs) and tanker pipework and fittings, with consequent pollution of the environment.
04 Nov 2008 Download
Manning at Conventional Marine Terminals
There is a growing industry trend towards rationalising the manpower employed at marine terminals. Terminals are looking at achieving reductions in manning levels by De-manning berths when ships are not alongside, reducing manning during the time when a ship is alongside, or by having personnel only attending the berth when needed for specific operations that require manual intervention or surveillance
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
Linked Ship/Shore Emergency Shutdown Systems for Oil and Chemical Transfers
Linked ship/shore ESD systems have been a standard safety feature of LNG transfer operations for many years. Similar safety issues exist with oil and chemical transfer operations, but the provision of linked ESD systems between ships and terminals has been hampered by the lack of an accepted industry standard for equipment to achieve the required connection.
21 Apr 2017 Download
Lifeboat Incident Survey
In 1994, OCIMF in conjunction with ICS, produced a report entitled “Results of a Survey into Lifeboat Safety”. This report highlighted some major concerns over equipment and the availability on board of appropriate technical information and documentation; similar concerns evidently remain.
01 Jan 2000 Download
Inert Gas Systems, Semi-dry Type Deck Water Seals - Prevention of Inert Gas/Hydrocarbon Backflow.
This document investigates the function of the inert gas system dry type deck water seal and its ability to protect the gas safe spaces of a ship
16 Feb 2000 Download
Inert Gas Systems The Use Of Inert Gas For The Carriage Of Flammable Oil Cargoes
Hydrocarbon gas normally carried in petroleum tankers cannot burn in an atmosphere containing less than approximately 11% oxygen by volume. Accordingly, one way to provide protection against fires or explosions in the vapour space of cargo tanks is to keep the oxygen level below that figure. This is usually achieved by using a fixed piping arrangement to blow inert gas into each cargo tank in order to reduce the oxygen content and render the tank atmosphere non-flammable
13 Mar 2017 Download
Inert Gas Systems Dry Type Deck Water Seals - Prevention of Inert Gas/Hydrocarbon Backflow.
This document investigates the function of the inert gas system dry type deck water seal and its ability to protect the gas safe spaces of a ship.
16 Feb 2000 Download
Inert Gas Systems - Block and Bleed Valve Arrangements for Chemical Tankers Carrying Chemicals and Petroleum Products
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16 Feb 2000 Download
Industry Code of Practice on Ship Recycling
t is hoped that this preliminary version of the Code of Practice, distributed with a view to test it in practice, will be seen as a contribution towards the safe and environmentally-conscious recycling of ships at the end of their working lives. Comments are invited from both users and other interested and concerned parties as contributions to its future revision
01 Aug 2001 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 Marine Assessment Of F(P)SOs Assessment Criteria And Questionnaire
The Guidelines on the Marine Assessment of F(P)SOs (Guidelines) have been published by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) to encourage the uniform assessment of safe marine operations and marine operations related environmental protection at floating (production) storage and offloading (F(P)SO) installations that export product using offtake tankers. This document has been produced recognising that established marine operational requirements for F(P)SOs exporting via offtake tankers are not readily available in a consolidated format.
03 Mar 2016 Download
Guidelines on the Control of Drugs and Alcohol Onboard Ship
Drug and alcohol abuse and its adverse effects on safety is one of the most significant social problems of our time. It is, appropriately, receiving attention both in the public eye and in government legislation. An example, specific to the marine industry, of government attention to this issue is the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulations on the testing of personnel on national and foreign flag ships.
01 Jun 1995 Download
Guidelines on Safety Management Systems for Hot Work and Entry into enclosed spaces
Casualties involving Hot Work and Entry into Enclosed Spaces continue to occur, resulting in avoidable loss of life and damage to property. ISGOTT Fifth Edition provides detailed guidance on both topics but assumes that this guidance will be underpinned by an “effective” Safety Management System (SMS).
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)
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to those involved in the procurement of High Modulus Synthetic Fibre (HMSF) mooring lines. HMSF lines include those manufactured from Aramid, Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) and High Modulus Polyethylene (HMPE) fibres.
01 Feb 2014 Download
Guide For Implementation Of Sulphur Oxide Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems
The use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) in the maritime industry is relatively new and there is a general lack of technical understanding and operational experience. MARPOL Annex VI sulphur oxide (SOx) compliance can only be achieved through the use of either low sulphur fuels or an EGCS. Due to the high cost of low sulphur fuels, there is an interest in continuing to use high sulphur fuels which would require the use of an EGCS. This information paper provides practical guidance for the selection, installation and use of SOx EGCS.
04 Aug 2016 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
Corrosion of cargo tank structure is a fact of life when operating oil tankers in the harsh environment encountered at sea. The internal structure of the cargo tanks, often un-coated, is exposed to potentially corrosive gases, sea water, crude oil and oil products
01 Sep 1997 Download
Extract from Survival Craft Seafarers' Guide
This guide has been published by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum with the aim of providing practical information to assist seafarers with the safe operation and maintenance of survival craft.
28 Oct 2008 Download
Estimating The Environmental Loads On Anchoring Systems
During the review and update of the OCIMF publication ‘Anchoring Systems and Procedures’, several incidents were referenced where Masters had remained at anchor during deteriorating weather conditions, with the result that significant damage was caused to anchor system components and, in some cases, serious personal injuries were sustained.
01 Oct 2010 Download
Dynamic Positioning Assurance Framework: Risk-based Guidance
This paper aims to define sound Dynamic Positioning (DP) assurance practices based upon the levels of risk presented across a range of maritime operations where DP vessels are deployed. It also highlights the proper way of managing a DP vessel when it encounters non-environmental external forces.
10 Aug 2016 Download
Cargo Inspectors - Safe Working Practices
The OCIMF Ports and Terminal Committee (PTC) has received reports about poor compliance with basic safety procedures and/or an apparent lack of basic tanker safety knowledge by Cargo Inspectors whilst engaged in their professional duties on board tankers.
13 Oct 2009 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
BMP 4 Update 08 Oct 2015 Sections 2 6 And 7V2
The High Risk Area (HRA) is an area within the UKMTO designated Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA) where it is considered there is a higher risk of piracy and within which self-protective measures are most likely to be required
08 Oct 2015 Download
An Information Paper on Pumproom Safety
A number of serious casualties have occurred in recent years involving fires and explosions within cargo pumprooms and have resulted in loss of lives and environmental damage. This paper has been prepared by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) in order to heighten industry awareness with regard to pumproom safety issues and to propose the adoption of a package of improvement measures for general endorsement by relevant industry bodies
01 Sep 1995 Download
A Study into Crane Loads Associated with Hose Handling at Offshore Terminals
OCIMF members have expressed concerns about the capability of tanker hose handling cranes to safely handle the lengths of hose typically associated with cargo operations at offshore facilities (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) and single point mooring (SPM)).
03 Nov 2015 Download
A Guide to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Regimes
Governments of Maritime Nations have agreed to put in place an international oil pollution compensation regime to ensure the prompt and reasonable settlement of pollution damage claims. These place strict liability on the owners of oil tanker vessels up to a limit. On the rare occasions this limit is exhausted, oil receivers (which are mainly oil companies) globally contribute to a second tier fund up to a higher limit.
01 May 2000 Download