72 hours prior to arrival, vessels should send a message. This notice of arrival should be confirmed or amended when the vessel is 48 hours and again 24 hours away from Terminal.
When this procedure cannot be followed because of the last port of call proximity, the vessel should take the earliest possible measures to advise of arrival and prior to departing from that port.
Estimated time of Arrival should be sent to:
P.O. BOX 1225 Douala
Tel.: (237) 42 32 91, (237) 42 35 72
Fax.: (237) 42 43 59
Attn.: B. nganou
Following information should be included to the cable :
- Name of vessel, flag
- ETA local time (GMT + 1)
- Grade and quantity of cargo to be loaded
- Maximum loading rate acceptable
- Lifting capacity of derrick (SWL)
- Ship's manifold flanges size
- Distance bow/cargo manifold.
Terminal Mooring Team
A team of 4 to 5 deckhands, under the responsibility of the Loading Master may be provided by the Terminal, in order to give assistance to the ship's crew but without substituting from him. Winches and windlasses are manoeuvred by the ship's crew exclusively.
Approach to the buoy
While the ship is approaching the buoy, a work boat, provided by the Terminal, is used to keep the floating hoses away from the ship course.
Meanwhile, the Loading Master or the Terminal Zodiac crew provide the Pilot and the Captain with the required information on the manoeuvre (Distance to the buoy, position...)
Securing the mooring rope
The mooring team at the forecastle sets out a messenger line (diametre 30 mm, length 200 m) passing through a fairlead chosen close to the axis of the vessel, tip of which is sent to the Terminal rubber boat (Zodiac) of the Terminal when the tanker is at a convenient distance from the buoy.
The Zodiac crew connects this messenger rope to the end of the polypropylene hawser "heaving line" (diametre 80 mm, lenght 180 m) attached to the mooring rope of the buoy.
The messenger rope, and the heaving line are hauled using a tanker winch or windlass, until a convenient length of chain, placed between the heaving line and the mooring rope of the buoy, is on deck.
This chain is then made fast, using the tanker's chain stopper for 3" chain in accordance with OCIMF.
The Terminal work boat keeps the vessel away from the buoy once the vessel is moored. As soon as the mooring rope of the buoy is fastened, the work boat proceeds to the poop of the vessel. To secure the end of the Tanker, a strong hawser is then secured onto her towing-winch. Using this towing rope, the work boat shall apply a moderate but permanent pull during all the call of the tanker to avoid her bow coming in contact with the buoy should change of current or wind arises.
Hoses are brought alongside, below the port manifold, by the work boat which was previously keeping them clear from the course of the tanker.
The derrick-boom of the tanker, with a safe weight load (SWL) of at least 10 tons, will be used to lift the hoses. Derrick must be rigged in advance in order to be available at time of connection.
For these operations a mooring/connecting team of the Terminal may assist the tanker's crew, derricks and winches being handled by the crew only.