INTERTANKO Guide to the Vetting Process, 12th Edition

Published Date

October 2017

INTERTANKO Guide to the Vetting Process, 12th Edition

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This guide, now in its 12th edition, has become an invaluable tool to assist ship and office staff, charterers and oil majors gain a clear understanding to ensure the effective vetting of ships.The INTERTANKO Secretariat receives countless enquiries for up-to-date information on the different vetting and ship inspection requirements of oil and chemical companies, insurers and underwriters in addition to information pertaining to the various Port State Control requirements.

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INTERTANKO recommends that this revised and expanded 12th edition is a MUST onboard each vessel and in every shore office to assist tanker crews and personnel ashore to better understand, and to be better prepared, for vetting inspections.

Maritime risk – What is it and how do different organisations address risk? As a mariner and one who has been

involved in the marine transportation business for the past 40 years, I have had to address maritime risk through

different lenses and perspectives – as an individual on a ship, as part of the shipboard management team, as part of

the company’s management team ashore and as part of an oil major’s marine risk assurance team.

Maritime transport poses various risks in terms of safety of life, environmental pollution and loss of property. Readers

will agree that eliminating risk completely is difficult to achieve; however, it is the ever-demanding expectations of

society and our customers that we must satisfy. In response to these expectations, companies and organisations that

provide business to the marine transportation industry are increasingly sensitive to any form of risk. It is, therefore,

the ability of shipping companies to demonstrate that they are able to reduce or eliminate risk by using riskmanagement

techniques as part of their company quality and safety management systems that will make them

potential business partners.

Vetting is the process which the oil-majors, charterers and Port State authorities use to manage risk when assessing

a vessel. A successful “vetting” is, therefore, a vessel’s “ticket to trade”.

During my years in the maritime industry, I have in one way or another been involved with INTERTANKO and its

Vetting Committee – the entity that conceived and developed this invaluable guide for the industry.

INTERTANKO responds to many enquiries for up-to-date information on the different vetting and ship-inspection

requirements of oil and chemical companies, terminals, insurers and underwriters as well as for information pertaining

to the various Port State Control requirements. This Guide to the Vetting Process, compiled with the assistance

and support of the vetting departments of oil-companies, Port State authorities and the INTERTANKO Vetting

Committee, brings together the requirements of these stakeholders to provide our Members the information they

require. Continuous improvement is a key aspect of risk management and is one that INTERTANKO strives to meet.

Feedback is key to ensuring continuous improvement in any process and INTERTANKO has developed a number

of platforms to facilitate this. Its Vetting and Port State Control Inspection Feedback systems, as well as its Terminal

Vetting Database, are useful tools for the owner/operator and ship’s Master in ensuring fair ship inspections, as well

as for enhancing safety at ports and terminals. Also the development of the Incident Repository is another example

of the results of INTERTANKO’s close cooperation with OCIMF.

As Chairman of the Vetting Committee, I cannot understate the importance of understanding the risk-management

values and principles that are employed by the oil companies, charterers and Port State authorities. This guide, now

in its 12th Edition, will provide shore-based personnel a better understanding of these systems and will help them

comply with various vetting requirements.

Although the aim of this publication has been to assist INTERTANKO Members with information and guidance on

ship-inspections and vetting processes, it has become the “go-to” publication for the wider shipping industry. For

this edition, we have turned the section on Port State Control (Section 1) into a separate publication, which we feel

will be valuable for those dry bulk and container operators that may not need the guidance on vetting.

There are too many individuals and organisations to thank for their contributions and hard work to include here,

however, I would like to offer particular thanks to INTERTANKO’s Vetting Committee and its Secretariat.

I strongly recommend this as a standard publication in all office and ship libraries.

Alan Johnson

NYK Line

Chairman, Vetting Committee

INTERTANKO is a forum where the industry meets, policies are discussed and best practice developed. It is a valuable source of first-hand information, opinions and guidance. INTERTANKO stands for safe transport, cleaner seas and free competition.

Title: INTERTANKO Guide to the Vetting Process, 12th Edition
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: Twelth
Product Code: WS1599K
Published Date: October 2017
Binding Format: Hardback
Weight: 2.30 kg
Author: Intertanko

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