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Director’s log

Earlier this month I had the honour of being asked to provide opening remarks to the Maritime Infrastructure Protection Symposium (MIPS) in Manama, Bahrain.

The intent of MIPS is to improve the collective understanding of regional and international players to broaden understand on the protection of critical maritime infrastructure and resources. The thrust of the symposium was working together and my talk described the phenomenal successes that OCIMF has had collectively within the membership and when we have co-authored publications with our industry partners.

In April, OCIMF and INTERTANKO took a further step towards greater collaboration with a joint working group working issue to help drive towards a zero incident industry (see the March Newsletter) and in May OCIMF and International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will have the first of a regular series of meeting to further our cooperation and improve the safety of the offshore sector.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Franklin D Roosevelt, “Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.”

Stay safe,

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Andrew Cassels
Director OCIMF


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Ports and Terminal Committee

The 84th Ports and Terminals Committee (PTC) met on the 5-6 April 2016 in Dubai, and was attended by representatives from 17 member companies.

The committee noted progress made by the Marine Terminal Focus Group, chaired by Tony Pollock (Ineos) in developing the Marine Terminal Information System (MTIS) Policy and Guidance Document, and a Site Verification Guide to complement the Marine Terminal Management Self-Assessment (MTMSA) process.

Progress was noted with other existing focus and working groups under PTC, and the committee had extensive discussions regarding the revision of the Mooring Equipment Guideline and subsequent discussions resulted in the committee agreeing to 53 action items to be progressed before the next meeting.

For and overview of current activities under the PTC see the table below.

The Ports and Terminals Committee is in transition, with the change of chairman and secretary as follows:

  • Handover of PTC Chairman from Bill Crabbs (P66) to Andy Glass (BP) – Subject to ExCom approval.
  • Handover of Vice Chairman to Eric Vincent (Hess) and Anuj Gupta (IMT).
  • Change of secretary - Raj Shetty to Rob Drysdale (Starts 1 May).

Bill Crabbs chaired the PTC between 2013 and 2016, and during his tenure as chairman, the PTC has made significant contributions to industry which include:

  • Marine Terminal Operator Competence and Guidelines (MTOCT).
  • Competency Assurance Guidelines for Mooring, Loading and Lightering Masters.
  • Ship to Ship Transfer Guidelines for Petroleum, Chemicals and Liquefied Gases.
  • Single Point Mooring Maintenance and Operations Guide (SMOG).
  • Guide to Purchasing High Modulus Synthetic Fibre Mooring Lines (Information Paper).
  • Hazards of snapback (Information Paper).
  • Management of Offshore Terminal Flush Water (IMO submission).
  • OCIMF comments on the proposed revision of SOLAS Regulation II-1/3-8 and associated guidance (MSC.1/Circ.1175) and new guidelines for safe mooring of ships (IMO submission).
  • Mooring Incident (IMO submission).

And the following documents expected shortly:

  • Recommendations for Oil and Chemical Tanker Manifolds and Associated Equipment.
  • Ship/Shore Emergency Shutdown Systems at Terminals.
  • Marine Terminals impacted by Severe Sub Zero Temperatures and/or Ice.
  • Industry expectations for the provision of marine terminal information and port regulation.

Looking at the last 12 months alone, the PTC has had a busy and productive year having commenced work on the following activities:

  • Revision of the Design and Specification for Marine Loading Arms.
  • Revision of the Mooring Equipment Guidelines.
  • New Guidelines for the Handing, Storage, Inspection and Testing of STS Hoses.
  • New Guidelines for Testing of Insulating Flange.
  • New Guidelines for SPM Station Keeping and Suitability of Towing Vessels.

The committee and the OCIMF director, Andrew Cassels, who presented Bill with a souvenir as a token of appreciation for his work, recognised the contribution made and the support provided to OCIMF over the last three years as Chairman of the PTC and the many years on the PTC and its Forums before that, and during his time at the secretariat as Senior Technical Adviser.

The 85th meeting of PTC will be held in Singapore on the 25-26 of October 2016.


PTC activities

Overview of current activities under the PTC (High priority in RED).


Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA)

Work to update the second edition of the Tanker Management and Self Assessment - a Best Practice Guide for Vessel Operators is well underway.

The work group is comprised of OCIMF members from Chevron, BP, ExxonMobil, Phillips 66, Shell, YPF, Statoil, OMV, Tesoro and Petrobras, who meet twice a month (a significant member commitment in these times) with the goal of publishing the new third edition in early 2017.

The aim of the work group in revising TMSA is to:

  • Reflect changes in legislation and best practice since its last publication.
  • Improve / Clarify. So that there is a more unified interpretation of the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and Best Practice Guidance (BPG).
  • Make TMSA usable across vessel and company types. TMSA is already used across industry, from small barge companies to the largest fleets.
  • Promote continuous improvement.

Main points to note in the revision:

  • Making it more user friendly and where possible able to be used globally through barges as well.
  • Will add in new Industry best practices and topics (BWM / Polar Code / MLC etc.) to the BPG.
  • Raising the bar. Some KPI’s have been moved from a higher to a lower level (4 to 3, 3 to 2 etc.). New KPI’s have been introduced.
  • New Security Element 13 is being added.

Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre – Gulf of Guinea

Following the trend of 2016 to date, April has been another busy operating period for the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre – Gulf of Guinea (MTISC – GoG).

Mariners operating in the Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA) continue to provide valuable information; 9,000 reports have been processed this month. Of these, 10 represented significant incidents.

The month has also seen a turnover of staff. MTISC-GoG said farewell to the Officer in Charge Lieutenant Felix Tsekpetse (GN) after a successful eight-month secondment to the centre. Lieutenant Tsekpetse has been an excellent ambassador and proactively led the multinational team with team to its current position. MTISC-GoG wishes him every success in the future and welcomes Lieutenant (GN) DeGraft Antwi as his replacement.

Captain Gbotsyo (Maersk Tankers) has completed his secondment as the Merchant Navy Liaison officer (MNLO) at the Centre. MTISC-GoG is extremely grateful for his hard work, advice and contribution to all aspects of the project. He has been replaced by Captain Hansen (Maersk Tankers) who is warmly welcomed back for a second tour.

AB1 Prince Adigbo, a watch keeper from the Ghanaian Navy and WO Samuel Ubong, from the Nigerian Navy returned to their own navies and WO Chinache also from the Nigerian Navy has joined the team. We wish those departing the very best of luck in the future.

Among the steady stream of visitors this month, the MTISC-GoG welcomed a joint delegation from EU/ECOWAS. The delegation were scoping activates to support the EU Gulf of Guinea Action Plan, the Centre looks forward to future dialogue.

Readers are reminded the MTISC-GoG weekly report is circulated Fridays at 1200. To be added to the distribution list please contact [email protected]. Further details of MTISC-GoG activity can be found on the MTISC-GoG website www.mtisc-gog.org/


Maritime Infrastructure Protection Symposium

The seventh Maritime Infrastructure Protection Symposium (MIPS) was held in Manama, Bahrain on 5-6 April.

The event set the scene for the 2016 International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX), one of the largest naval exercises in the world (and event we’ll report on in the May newsletter). Leaders from regional navies and maritime industry gathered to discuss how the defence of national and coalition infrastructure can be improved.

Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan, who hosted the event, said “Symposia like this are important, but I would like to propose we take this project to the next level. We have experts here from around the world. Let’s capture the main points of our discussions throughout the sessions, and develop a coordinated, broad operational framework with which we can use as the foundation of our discussions at future symposia.”

Subject matter experts from the US Naval War College hosted panel sessions on topics on Countering Challenges in the Free Flow of Commerce Inside the Territorial Seas; Countering Threats to Maritime Infrastructure; Challenges to Information Exchange Between Key Stakeholders; and Framework for Enhanced International Maritime Security Cooperation and Awareness.

“At our core, each of us here are mariners who well understand the challenges of living and working in the maritime domain. When someone looks to disrupt our environment and threaten us, we all must be prepared to come together and eliminate those challenges in a deliberate and coordinated fashion. We must make our focus of effort an integrated strategy of deterrence, cooperation, and stability”, said Admiral Donegan.

The OCIMF Director, Andrew Cassels, delivered an opening key note speech focusing on the importance of working together and sharing information. Andrew highlighted of most importance is the safety and security of our people, protecting the environment and keeping global trade routes open.


North American Cat 3 Inspectors course

North American Cat 3 Inspectors course for New and existing inspectors was conducted at RAC Centre in Houston from 5-7.

April 2016. There were 11 New and 16 existing CAT 3 inspectors attended the course.


SIRE courses

SIRE New Inspector Courses.

Please note that all New Inspectors candidates must hold and submit an Electric Chart Display Information System (ECDIS) course certificate from June 2016.

The course must be classroom based; this does not need to be the IMO model course.

This will ensure that all candidates who pass their audit up to six months later (12 months if re-audited) are compliant with our guidelines by the time OCIMF arranged ECDIS courses cease.

16-20 May 2016 London  
13-17 June 2016 US Houston CANCELLED due to lack of candidates
3-7 October 2016 Singapore  
5-9 December 2016 London  

Online registration has now been introduced for CAT1 courses. Sponsoring submitting members are able to send a link for candidates to register and approve all supporting documents prior to submittal to OCIMF. Instructions on how to do this have been sent but if you require further copies of the instruction manual please contact [email protected].

Please ensure you register your candidates as soon as possible to enable us to determine if a course will take place. As course venues, visa applications, accommodation and travel arrangements of both attendees and instructors are to be taken into consideration, courses will be reviewed three months prior to the planned date.

New Inspector Course registration will close three weeks prior to the planned date. A course place is not to be presumed confirmed until the venue details of the course have been sent to the candidate upon review of the pre-requisite requirements being completed.

SIRE Refresher and ECDIS Courses

Please note that Inspectors who have already emailed a copy of their ECDIS Course certificate to [email protected] will not be required to attend ECDIS accreditation training.

ECDIS courses will be limited to 20 per session and we anticipate the demand for inspector placement will be greater as the deadline of 2017 draws closer. The places remaining may not necessarily be based local to you.

Please be advised that due to the lack of requirement we will not be holding Singapore ECDIS courses in 2016. If you would like to take your ECDIS Course this year please contact [email protected]

After March 2017 it will be the responsibility of the inspector/member/employer to ensure that ECDIS training has been taken at their own cost in order for current inspectors to meet OCIMF guidelines to carry out inspections.

We anticipate holding two more ECDIS courses to those published, one in Singapore and one in the US prior to the compliance date of 31 March 2017. The dates will be posted once arranged.

After this date current inspector’s profiles will be reviewed and temporarily suspended until an ECDIS course certificate is provided.

4th - 5th (morning) May 2016 Refresher London FULL CLOSED
5th (afternoon) - 6th May 2016 ECDIS London  
20th - 21st (morning) June 2016 Refresher Houston  
21st (afternoon) - 22nd June 2016 ECDIS Houston FULL CLOSED
10th - 11th (morning) October 2016 Refresher Singapore  
7th - 8th November 2016 ECDIS Dubai Last Middle East ECDIS Course
22nd - 23rd (morning) November 2016 Refresher London  
23rd (afternoon) - 24th November 2016 ECDIS London Last UK ECDIS Course

There is no charge to attend SIRE Refresher/ECDIS courses but costs associated with travel to and from the course, the inspector’s time, accommodation and meals are for their own account.

To reserve a place on a Refresher Course please contact [email protected]

NOTE: All courses will only run if there are sufficient attendees. Costs associated with travel to and from the course, the inspector’s time, accommodation and meals are for their own account.