Competence Assurance Guidelines for Mooring, Loading and Lightering Masters

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January 2015

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Competence Assurance Guidelines for Mooring, Loading and Lightering Masters

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This OCIMF publication contains recommendations to support a marine facility’s competence development programmes for Mooring Masters. There is no established requirement for this group of maritime professionals and the objective of these Guidelines is to provide a competence baseline that can be applied internationally.

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Within the context of these guidelines, the term Mooring Master encompasses several differently termed roles where a shore representative provides a professional marine advisory service to vessel Masters. Terms in common use to describe these various roles include Loading Master, Lightering Master, STS Superintendent and Docking/Berthing Master.

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide: Recommendations on the development and implementation of a competency assessment system for Mooring Masters; Guidance on the competencies required of Mooring Masters; Guidance on the knowledge requirements of Mooring Masters; Recommendations on the assessment of an individual’s competence; Recommendations on continued verification of previously assessed competence for Mooring Masters; Advice on record keeping and documentation used to support a competence development programme.


Purpose and scope





Part One

Section One


1.1 Genera

1.2 The Competence Framework

1.3 Competence Element templates


Section Two

Implementation guide

2.1 General

2.2 Customising the Framework

2.3 Competence levels


Section Three

Competence assessment and verification

3.1 General

3.2 Methods for assessing competence

3.2.1 Observation

3.2.2 Questioning

3.2.3 Written test

3.2.4 Oral test

3.3 The role of Assessors

3.3.1 Periodic assessment reviews

3.4 The role of Verifiers

3.5 Records


Part Two

Section Four

The Competence Framework

4.1 Overview of the Mooring Master Competence Framework

4.2 Index of Key Functions, Units and Elements


Section Five

Mooring Master core competencies - Element templates

Key Function 1 Facility organisation and procedures

Key Function 2 Safe passage of ship to/from berth

Key Function 3 Manoeuvring, mooring and unmooring

Key Function 4 Cargo transfer coordination

Key Function 5 Facility knowledge


Section Six

An example of knowledge requirements to support a periodic review of competence

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: Competence Assurance Guidelines for Mooring, Loading and Lightering Masters
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 80
Product Code: WS1418K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-655-3 (9781856096553), ISBN 10: 1-85609-655-6 (1856096556)
Published Date: January 2015
Binding Format: Hardback
Book Height: 305 mm
Book Width: 218 mm
Book Spine: 10 mm
Weight: 0.70 kg
Author: Oil Companies International Marine Forum

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