Barge Safety (Liquefied Cargoes in Bulk) (eBook)

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July 1999

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This safety guide makes recommendations for safety and pollution prevention features of the design, equipment, operation and management of all vessels used for the carriage of petroleum or chemical cargoes in bulk, and of associated towing/pushing vessels, which are not covered by international conventions. This guide is primarily intended for use by prospective charterers, vetting departments and terminal managers.

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This guide is intended primarily for use with such vessels where there are no international, national or local regulations. It is not intended to:

  • replace or override any applicable international conventions, national legislation, local laws or Classification Society rules;

  • replace any existing regional or local standards or checklists for barge safety, for example those

  • existing in the USA and parts of Europe;

  • encourage the use of non self-propelled barges in trades in open waters where the use of self-propelled tankers or barges is more appropriate;

  • discourage the use of non self-propelled barges where full and appropriate safety precautions are already practised; or

  • provide comprehensive operating instructions.


A general guide of this nature cannot be specific to all types of vessels in all locations and readers should use their own discretion on its application in the particular circumstances.

PART I Recommendations


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Definitions and Abbreviations

1.3 General Arrangement of Guidelines


3 CREW MANAGEMENT (Manning and Qualifications of Personnel)

3.1 Unmanned Barges


4.1 Equipment

4.2 Operators Navigation Policy

4.3 Nautical Publications, Charts and Information


5.1 Safety Management System

5.2 Fire Prevention

5.3 Fire-Fighting

5.4 Personal Protective Equipment

5.5 Lifesaving Equipment and Pyrotechnics

5.6 Access Between Vessel and Shore


6.1 Emergency Response

6.2 Cargo Handling and Spill Containment

6.3 Discharge of Dirty Ballast

6.4 Oil Record Book

6.5 Disposal of Sewage and Garbage


7.1 Inspectors and Gaugings

7.2 Maintenance

7.3 General


8.1 Cargo Handling Equipment

8.2 Cargo Handling Procedures

8.3 Pumproom

8.4 Tank Cleaning and Gas Freeing


9.1 Mooring

9.2 Anchoring


10.1 Tug Design

10.2 Towing Equipment and Procedures

10.3 Tug Fendering


12 VESSEL TO VESSEL TRANSFER (Including Bunkering)

12.1 Fenders

12.2 Cargo Hoses

12.3 Communication


13.1 Personnel Safety

13.2 Chemical Data Sheets

13.3 Fire Protection

13.4 Cargo Gauging and Emission Requirements

13.5 Cargo Certification


14.1 Personnel Safety

14.2 Chemical Data Sheets

14.3 Fire Protection and Safety Equipment

14.4 Cargo Gauging and Emission Requirements

14.5 Cargo Certification

14.4 Cargo Operations

Appendix 1 Guidelines for the Control of Drugs and Alcohol Onboard Ship


PART II Checklists of Questions

1 Introduction and General Information

2 Certification and Documentation

3 Crew Management (Manning)

4 Navigation, Communications and Electronics (self-propelled vessels only)

5 Safety Management

6 Pollution Prevention

7 Structured Condition and General Appearance

8 Cargo and Ballast Systems

9 Mooring and Anchoring

10 Towing and Pushing

11 Engine Room and Steering Gear

12 Vessel to Vessel Transfer

13 Chemical Barge Supplement

14 Gas Barge Supplement

OCIMF was formed in April 1970 in response to the growing public concern about marine pollution, particularly by oil, after the Torrey Canyon incident in 1967. In the early 1970s, a variety of anti-pollution initiatives were starting to emerge nationally, regionally and internationally, but with little coordination. Through OCIMF, the oil industry was able to play a stronger, coordinating role in response to these initiatives, making its professional expertise widely available through cooperation with governments and intergovernmental bodies.

OCIMF was granted consultative status at the IMO in 1971 and continues to present oil industry views at IMO meetings. Since then, its role has broadened to take account the changing maritime activities of its membership. Its remit now covers tankers, barges, offshore support vessels and terminals and its advice extends to issues like shipping in ice and large-scale piracy, which rarely troubled the oil industry when OCIMF was first created in the 1970s.

The current membership of OCIMF comprises 112 companies worldwide.

Today, OCIMF is widely recognised as the voice of the oil industry providing expertise in the safe and environmentally responsible transport and handling of hydrocarbons in ships and terminals and setting standards for continuous improvement. Membership is extensive and includes every oil major in the world along with the majority of National Oil Companies.

OCIMF has much to be proud of. Not only has it contributed to a substantial quantity of regulation at the IMO aimed at improving the safety of tankers and protecting the environment, but it has introduced important new guidance on pressing current issues such as piracy and Arctic shipping. With the process of introducing new Internationally-accepted regulation necessarily slow as it crosses many individual countries and jurisdictions, OCIMF is in the unique position of being able to leverage the expertise of its membership to press ahead with much needed guidance on important industry issues. This provides the means to improve practices in the membership and in the wider industry, and serves as a valuable reference for developing regulation.

Title: Barge Safety (Liquefied Cargoes in Bulk) (eBook)
Subtitle: Guidelines for barges, associated tugs and non-regulated/restricted trading tankers
Edition: First Edition
Number of Pages: 78
Product Code: WS1166EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-175-6 (9781856091756), ISBN 10: 1-85609-175-9 (1856091759)
Published Date: July 1999
Author: Oil Companies International Marine Forum

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