• 1. Safety Regulations and Inspections

Safety Regulations and Inspections

The Lifting Vessel personnel are responsible for the safety of the Lifting Vessel and themselves, and shall take all necessary precautions, whether or not so advised by the Company or the Mooring Master and/or the Loading Master, having in mind the hazards of the loading operation, the cargo being handled, the weather conditions and any other circumstances requiring special care of caution.  The Lifting Vessel personnel shall also adhere to all safety precautions generally followed in the marine industry, as well as all requirements and regulations set forth in this booklet and the latest applicable chapters of the OCIMF “Ship to Ship Transfer Guide”. The disregard by the Lifting Vessel Master, Officers or crew of any safety precautions, requirements and regulations imposed by the Company will be considered a just cause for rejection of the Lifting Vessel, and all expenses related thereto shall be for the Lifting Vessel account.  While the Lifting Vessel is moored or within the vicinity of the loading berth, the Lifting Vessel personnel and the Lifting Vessel operations must comply or be in accordance with the following safety requirements:


(A)   all ports opening onto the decks of the Lifting Vessel are to be kept closed during cargo loading operations, and all doors opened for access other than the pumproom doors must be closed immediately after use;


(B)   smoking is strictly prohibited on board the Lifting Vessel and on the loading berth, except in those areas designated by the Master as smoking areas.  No areas outside of the accommodation areas shall be so designated.  The Master is responsible for ensuring that all Lifting Vessel personnel are informed of the designated smoking areas and shall post suitable notices regarding same.  The Mooring Master may request the Master of the Lifting Vessel to further limit the Lifting Vessel “NO SMOKING” areas as conditions warrant.  Matches and lighters for personal use shall not be carried while outside the designated smoking areas and personnel shall be so instructed.  The Master of the Lifting Vessel shall instruct the Officers and crew of the lifting vessel not to throw lighted cigars or cigarettes overside or out of portholes.  There may be occasions when smoking would be entirely prohibited;


(C)  the use of portable lamps, naked lights or electrical equipment or extension cords is prohibited, and only approved intrinsically safe self-contained flashlights are permitted on deck;


(D)  ventilators must be trimmed so as to exclude flammable gases entering the area, and if this cannot be done the ventilators must be completely closed;


(E)   the Lifting Vessel engines, steering gear and other essential manoeuvring equipment and deck machinery must remain ready with full power for immediate use to permit the Lifting Vessel to clear the area upon instruction from the Company or the Mooring Master to do so;


(F)   window type air conditioners must be disconnected from their power source and not used unless a certificate can be produced from a recognized Authority to show that the unit is safe to operate in flammable gas areas.  Should central air conditioning be in use, it must be on a recirculation mode;


(G)  the Lifting Vessel main radio and radar equipment must not be energized while the Lifting Vessel is handling cargo or ballast.  The use of intrinsically safe VHF radios for cargo handling and safety operations is permitted;


(H)  a continuous and efficient fire watch must be maintained on deck and in the engine room at all times.  The Lifting Vessel fire fighting equipment shall be ready for instant use at all times, and portable fire extinguishers must be on standby at the manifold station.  Fire hoses of sufficient length to reach all parts of the Lifting Vessel must be laid out and connected to hydrants and there must be full pressure on the deck line;


(I)     recommendations contained in the latest OCIMF “Ship to Ship Transfer Guide” and in the ICS “International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals” covering the loading and discharging of tankers shall be strictly followed at all times;


(J)    the only open flames allowed while the Lifting Vessel is at the loading berth are those in the Lifting Vessel boilers and galley equipment.  Sufficient fire extinguishers must always be provided near the galley and boilers;


(K)   burners, tubes, uptakes, exhaust manifolds and spark arresters shall be maintained in good working order and kept clean.  Funnel uptakes and boiler tubes shall not be blown while the Lifting Vessel is at the loading berth.  Highly volatile cleaning solvents shall not be used in the engine room for any purpose whatsoever while the Lifting Vessel is at the loading berth;


(L)   in the event of fire breaking out on any part of the Lifting Vessel, however minor the fire may be, the fire alarm must be given immediately.  The fire alarm will consist of a succession of long blasts on the Lifting Vessel whistle together with a rapid and continuous ringing of the Lifting Vessel bells;


(M)  not less than one licensed Deck Officer and three seamen shall be on duty, alert, available and in charge of the operations on deck at all times while the Lifting Vessel is at the loading berth;


(N)  not less than one Engineer shall be on duty, alert, available and in charge of the Engine Room at all times while the Lifting Vessel is at the loading berth;


(O)  a member of the Lifting Vessel crew, not one involved in any way with the loading operation, must be stationed on the bow of the Lifting Vessel while the Lifting Vessel is at the loading berth, and a constant watch must be maintained on the moorings;


(P)   a licensed Deck Officer of the Lifting Vessel, not one involved in any way with the loading operation, must be on watch and stationed on the bridge of the Lifting Vessel while the Lifting Vessel is at the loading berth;


(Q)  during the discharge of clean ballast and the loading of crude oil, the Lifting Vessel and Storage Vessel and the waters around the Lifting Vessel and the Storage Vessel must be illuminated during the hours of darkness or limited visibility with all available and suitable searchlights and floodlights;

(R)  before the floating cargo hoses are brought on board the Lifting Vessel, all deck scuppers must be plugged tight and adequate drip pans with sand and sawdust must be provided where necessary on deck for use of all times.  The deck scuppers must remain plugged until the floating cargo hoses have been disconnected.  All other materials necessary to clean up oil spillage on deck must be on hand for immediate use;


(S)   all unused bunker connections, cargo connections and Lifting Vessel manifolds must be fitted with fully bolted blank flanges, including the stern discharge line if fitted;


(T)   all cargo tank hatch covers and ullage or sighting port covers are to be kept closed (not secured) except where tanks are to be hand sampled or hand ullaged, in which case the ullage opening may be opened to sample or ullage the cargo;


(U)  all cargo and ballast operations shall be suspended during electrical storms in

the vicinity of the Lifting Vessel;

(V)  the Lifting Vessel must be equipped with an Inert Gas System.  Prior to the commencement of any loading operations, all empty Lifting Vessel cargo tanks and tanks carrying cargo must be under positive pressure and fully inerted with gas having oxygen content of less than  8  per cent;

(W)  no stores may be handled on the weather deck while a Lifting Vessel is loading    cargo, discharging, or while any ullage hatches, loading hose or tank tops are open.





Latest Related News

View All News