• 1. Safety Regulations and Inspections

Safety Regulations and Inspections

Regulations and Instructions on Safety Precautions

These regulations are to be strictly complied with and Ship's Master will be held responsible for any accident that may result from non-compliance with the following:


Tank Preparation

Bottom flushing, gas-freeing, machanical washing and mopping of cargo tanks is not allowed whilst alongside provided all precautions regarding gas testing and safety are complied with as set out in I.S.G.O.T.T.

Crude oil washing with cargo on board will require special permission from the Terminal Representative.


Immobilisation of Main Engines

Is only permitted as set out in the attached letter and after permission has been given in writing.


VHF Radios

Which are of an approved design and instrinsically safe are permitted.


Ship's Gangways

Should be rigged with safety nets. Nets should be secured under gangways and extended at least 5.0 feet on either side.


Bonding Wires

These are used at each oil jetty (except Jetty No. 5B and C).


Hoses and Loading Arms

Are liable to damage when vessels range along the berth. To prevent accidents of this nateure moorings should be adjusted throughout the vessel's stay alongside.


Tank Inspection, Taking of Ullages etc.

Is not carried out by shore personnel before or after cargo handling except in special circumstances.


Spark Arrestors

Are to be fitted to all vent pipes and ullage ports connected to the cargo bunker tanks. These should be kept clean and free of residue and the mesh must not be larger than 0.5 mm2.


Tank Hatches

May not under any circumstances remain open.


Tension Winches

Automatic rendering devices, commonly known as tension winches must not be used when alongside. The brakes of tension winches should be applied and the mooring tended manually.



Maintenance involving chipping and scraping is not allowed when vessels are alongside. Other repairs/maintenance must be agreed between the responsible Ship's Officer and the Terminal Representative.


Bunkering from Lighters/Barges alongside Jetties

This operation is not carried out at oil jetties except in special circumstances. If it is allowed, the receiving tanker must stop all cargo ballasting operations and batten down during the entire bunker transfer.


Packed Cargo

The handling of packed volatile petroleum cargo must be supervised by a responsible Ship's Officer.


Use of Portable Transistor Radios and TV sets

Is prohibited outside the accommodation on all vessels at all times.



Vessels taking stores from small craft alongside is only permitted on request and whenever possible the stores derricks/cranes on the after end of the vessel should be used.

When maindeck derricks or equipment is employed, cargo operations must cease and cargo tank hatches must be battened down during the storing of the vessel.


Unauthorized Craft

No unauthorized craft allowed to be alongside the vessel. it is the duty of the Ship's Master to clear all such craft away from the vessel.


Electrical Storms

During electrical storms in the vicinity of the vessel, the handling of volatile petroleum and the loading of non-volatile petroleum into non-gas free must cease.


Ballasting, inert gas purging and tank cleaning or gas freeing after the discharge of such cargoes should also be stopped and all tank openings and vent-line valves closed, including the by-pass valve on the tank venting system, if fitted.



Is a dangerous operation when gas is being expelled from the cargo tanks. All items of the ship/store Safety Check List apply until ballasting and cargo operations are completed and the cargo tanks are finally battened down.



Allowed, except in the area of the vessel/shore approved by the Ship's Master/Terminal Safety Inspector. Cigarette ends and hot materials must be thrown into the water at any time.


Boiler Tubes

Are not to be blown when alongside the oil jetty and every precaution must be taken so that the sparks do not at any time escape from the funnel or stack or from the gallery stack. No ullage hole shall be left open unless effectively covered with a gauze mesh wire spark arrester.



While alongside the jetties, all vessels are to be manned by at least one Senior Deck Officer (Master or Chief Officer) and one Senior Engineer (chief or second). In addition, sufficient crew should be retined on board to cope with an emergency situation.


Safety Helmet

Every crew member must use a safety helmet on the Refinery Area.



Matches, cigarettes, guns, knives, alcohol, animals etc. are not allowed on the Refinery Area.

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