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Lloyd's Register offers checklist for safer ship-to-ship oil transfers
Lloyd's Register EMEA has produced
a plan and checklist to help
operators to comply with up-coming
MARPOL regulations governing the
transfer of oil at sea, while meeting
best-practice standards for safety and
Ship-to-ship (STS) oil-cargo transfers
are a common feature of the tanker
trades, making the prevention of spills
and the safety of those involved a
long-term industry priority.
New requirements to MARPOL Annex
I, which will regulate STS transfers,
entered into force on January 1, 2011.
Lloyd's Register EMEA is supporting
their new guidance, which was developed
after extensive consultation with the
industry, with a streamlined plan-approval
process to help tanker operators prepare for
the regime as quickly as necessary.
"The bottom line here is preventing oil
from going into the sea," said Mark Darley,
Marine Client Manager, Lloyd's Register
EMEA. "Our new plans have been well
received and we will help operators to
manage this process as efficiently as
possible. They still have plenty of time to
get ready but, as ever, these deadlines come
The plan and checklist, which are
expected to serve as an enhanced safety
template for the industry, were
developed with the needs of operators in
mind, said Darley, adding that Lloyd's
Register expects to work with operators
to provide STS manuals and approve
SafeSTS, one of the world's most
experienced managers of STS operations,
was one of the companies to lend its
expertise during the consultation process.
"The implementation of Marpol
Annex I, Chapter 8 is a milestone in the
regulation of the Ship to Ship transfer
industry. It clearly defines the minimum
standard and complements the OCIMF
STS guide," SafeSTS Director, Captain
Robert Gilchrist, said. "STS certification,
training and equipment will now
be more standardised and this, along
with enhanced pollution-response
requirements, comprehensive risk
assessments and transfer plans, will build
on the exceptional safety record that the
STS industry enjoys."
Another company closely involved in
the development of the new plan and
checklist was BP Shipping.
"The development of Lloyd's Register's
model STS operations plan is a perfect
example of the benefit that can be
obtained by pooling the experience and
expertise of experts in the STS industry to
draft a fit-for-purpose document," said BP
Shipping's Captain Jim Chapman. "In
essence, the consultative process we
followed provided us with the opportunity
to define and close procedural gaps over
and above those that the document was
originally intended to address."
For further information contact:
Lloyd's Register, UK.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service has won the prestigious
International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Bulk Ships Agent Award. The
award was presented in recognition of the company's
innovation in revolutionising the way ships agency services
are provided to the dry bulk industry.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service has recently introduced the new
"Ships Agency Re-Defined" concept to dry bulk customers of
Ships Agency Service Agreements. This unique concept
streamlines and simplifies multiple port-call operations.
Previously the ships agency business has been, and largely still is,
highly fragmented, with no dominant players, and with different
agents in every port, and different administrative systems.
The IBJ Awards, dedicated exclusively to the maritime dry
bulk industry, recognise achievements by individuals and
companies improving and enhancing efficiency, safety and
environment protection in this vital global market.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service's Service Agreement customers are
each served by an experienced Global Agent working in the
customer's location and coordinating all the port calls for that
customer. This gives customers the benefits of someone who
speaks their language and works in the same time zone, as well as
the benefits of predictable pricing. A central point of contact for
order handling order handling and global coordination for
marine products and technical services, come with defined
deliverables and pre-agreed prices.
The award ceremony 2010 was held at The Savoy in London
on Monday 15th November.
For further information contact:
Wilhelmsen Ships Service, Norway.
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"The implementation of Marpol Annex I, Chapter 8 is a milestone in the regulation of the Ship to Ship
transfer industry. It clearly defines the minimum standard and complements the OCIMF STS guide,"
SafeSTS Director, Captain Robert Gilchrist, said.
(Left to right) Nick West, Chief Executive Officer, Euroports (sponsor of the
event), Simon Hutt, Area Manager Wilhelmsen Ships Service Europe, Ray
Girvan, Editor International Bulk Journal
Wilhelmsen Ships Ser vice wins IBJ Bulk Ships Agent Award
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