Tanker Management and Self Assessment 3 (TMSA3) A Best Practice Guide

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Tanker Management and Self Assessment 3 (TMSA3) A Best Practice Guide

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OCIMF’s Tanker Management and Self Assessment: A Best Practice Guide, Third Edition (2017) is an essential tool for tanker vessel operators in achieving high standards of ship management and safety. A useful complement to IMO Conventions and Codes, this third edition has been updated to reflect current legislation and emerging issues, and incorporates feedback from companies and users of previous editions of TMSA, as well as providing guidance on OCIMF’s view of industry best practice.


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The OCIMF Tanker Management and Self Assessment programme was originally introduced in 2004 as a tool to help companies assess, measure and improve their management systems. It is an essential complement to IMO Conventions, Codes and Circulars and is intended to encourage self-regulation and promote continuous improvement to enhance the safety of merchant shipping and achieve incident free operations.

This fully updated and revised third edition reflects current legislation, expectations and emerging issues, and incorporates feedback from companies and users of previous editions of TMSA. Key new features to the text include:

  • Updated industry legislative requirements, including the Manila Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, the Polar Code and the Ballast Water Management Convention

  • A new element 13 covering Maritime Security

  • Expanded best practice guidance to complement key performance indicators and remove ambiguity and duplication

  • Streamlining and merging of elements to improve consistency and make conducting the self assessment easier

  • Revised Environmental and Energy Management Element, which now incorporates the OCIMF Energy Efficiency and Fuel Management paper that was a supplement to TMSA2


As well as this printed guide, the TMSA programme includes a useful online tool for recording self assessment as well as a database for sharing reports, providing ship operators with an interactive and constantly evolving platform to monitor and improve their performance and attain high standards of safety.



Purpose and Scope iii

Glossary vii

Abbreviations x

Section one

The Tanker Management and Self Assessment Programme 2

    1. Introduction 4

    2. Continual improvement 4

    3. Key performance indicators 5

    4. Self assessment process 6

    5. Verification process 7

    6. Submitting reports 7

Section two

The TMSA elements 8

Element one


Leadership and the Safety Management System



Management, Leadership and Accountability



Developing and Maintaining a Safety Management System


Element two

Recruitment and Management of Shore-Based Personnel 19

Element three


Recruitment, Management and Wellbeing of Vessel Personnel



Recruitment and Management of Vessel Personnel



Wellbeing of Vessel Personnel



Element four

Vessel Reliability and Maintenance including Critical Equipment




Vessel Reliability and Maintenance



Vessel Reliability and Maintenance (Critical Equipment)


Element five

Navigational Safety 45

Element six


Cargo, Ballast, Tank Cleaning, Bunkering, Mooring and Anchoring Operations



Cargo, Ballast, Tank Cleaning and Bunkering Operations



Mooring and Anchoring Operations


Element seven

Management of Change 63

Element eight

Incident Reporting, Investigation and Analysis 69

Element nine


Safety Management



Safety Management – Shore-Based Monitoring



Safety Management – Fleet Monitoring


Element ten

Environmental and Energy Management 83

Element eleven

Emergency Preparedness and Contingency Planning 89

Element twelve


Measurement, Analysis and Improvement



Measurement, Analysis and Improvement – Inspections



Measurement, Analysis and Improvement – Audits


Element thirteen

Maritime Security 101

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) is a voluntary association of oil companies with an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas.

Title: Tanker Management and Self Assessment 3 (TMSA3) A Best Practice Guide
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: Third
Product Code: WS1540K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-738-3 (9781856097383), ISBN 10: 1-85609-738-2 (1856097382)
Published Date: April 2017
Weight: 0.70 kg
Author: Oil Companies International Marine Forum

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