Safe transfer operations depend on good communication between the terminal and tanker, from pre-arrival to post-departure, and on complying with agreed safe procedures at all stages.
The revised Ship/Shore Safety Checklist aims to start that communication before vessel’s arrival / interface at the terminal so any identified issues can be addressed before a problem arises.
The communication then continue from the time vessel arrives at the berth to completion of cargo operations and until vessel’s departure.
The positive affirmation approach used in the revised checklist where applicable aspects of the operation, refers back to ISGOTT 6 references and clearly differentiates areas of responsibility between vessel and terminal.
The ISGOTT technical workgroup consulted with industry experts and specialists in human factors from the airline industry to leverage from best practice in using a checklist effectively. This led to the development of a multi-part checklist system where smaller, targeted process oriented checklists are undertaken at appropriate stages in the operation, and that items are clearly agreed via an affirmative question. Where agreements are reached for specific local issues these can now be clearly documented in a separate ‘Agreements Section’.