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August 2011

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Ship to Ship Service Provider Management

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This guide provides STS service providers with the essential elements of a good safety and environmental management system to cover STS operations. It gives additional guidance on all these elements, including industry guidance (e.g. ‘Ship to Ship Transfer Guide (Petroleum)’ published jointly by ICS and OCIMF) that can be considered to represent current best practice. The content will support STS service providers to identify practical measures to improve their management systems, where appropriate.

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Before subscribing to the services of STS service providers, oil companies will assess and review the safe management and operation of the STS transfers conducted by that provider.

Self assessment can be used by STS service providers to verify that their safety management systems (SMSs) are comprehensive and sufficiently robust to minimise all potential safety and environmental risk in the execution of their operations and to measure and continuously improve their management systems.

An effective management system has the following basic attributes:

  • Management identifies the company’s values and aspirations in policy documents

  • Procedures are developed to meet the objectives of these policies

  • Competent personnel are employed to implement the procedures

  • Adequate training is provided

  • Adequate resources (personnel, time and equipment) are assigned

  • Plant and equipment is properly maintained

  • Incidents and near misses are investigated to determine root causes so that effective corrective actions can be implemented

  • There are systems to identify and analyse risk so that risk control measures can be identified, adequately resourced and targeted most effectively

  • There is a system to manage change effectively

  • The system is auditable and quantifiable indicators are used to measure the system’s effectiveness and trends

  • There is a culture of continuous improvement.

Section 1 STS Service Provider Self Assessment

Part One Guidance on the Self Assessment Process
1.1 Purpose and Scope
1.2 Introduction
1.3 Continuous Improvement
1.4 The Concept of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) – a Typical Measurement Process
1.5 Self Assessment Process
1.6 Guidance for Assessing a Management System

Part Two The 12 Elements and Questionnaire for Self Assessment
Element 1 Management, Leadership and Accountability
Element 2 Recruitment and Management of Personnel
Element 3 Due Diligence Regarding Transhipment Locations
Element 4 Reliability and Maintenance Standards
Element 5 STS Operations
Element 6 Employment of Contractors and Subcontractors
Element 7 Management of Change
Element 8 Incident Investigation and Analysis
Element 9 Safety Management
Element 10 Environmental Management
Element 11 Emergency Preparedness and Contingency Planning
Element 12 Management System Review

Section 2 Examples of STS Service Provider Forms and Checklists

Part One STS Service Provider Particulars

Part Two STS Transfer Location Checklist

Part Three STS Transfer Operational Checklist
3.1 Checks Prior to the STS Operation
3.2 Checks Prior to Mooring/Cargo Operation
3.3 Checks During Cargo Operation
3.4 On Completion of Cargo Transfer and Prior to Unmooring

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: Ship to Ship Service Provider Management
Subtitle: Incorporating STS Service Provider Self Assessment
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 90
Product Code: WS1283K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-486-3 (9781856094863), ISBN 10: 1-85609-486-3 (1856094863)
Published Date: August 2011
Binding Format: Hardback
Book Height: 303 mm
Book Width: 215 mm
Book Spine: 10 mm
Weight: 0.60 kg
Author: Oil Companies International Marine Forum

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