• 1. Safety Regulations and Inspections

Safety Regulations and Inspections

Fire Precautions

The vessel's fire fighting equipment, including main and emergency pumps, shall be kept ready for immediate use. The vessel's fire main system should be pressurised or be capable of being pressurised at short notice by means of equipment located on deck or in the cargo control room. An international ship/shore connection shall be connected to the vessel's fire main near the gangway. A portable fire extinguisher of the dry poweder type, with sufficient quantity shall be located near, but at a safe distance from the vessel's manifold. On vessels equipped with stationary dry powder monitors, there shal be open access to the hose control valves. In addition, fire hoses shall be run and connected to the fire main. The number and capacity should be sufficient to cover the deck area and the manifold.


The Master is responsible for retaining sufficient crew on board at all times to ensure effective fire fighting and to move the vessel.


In case of fire on board, the responsible officer should signal with the ship's whistle a series of prolonged blasts.


Fire alarm on shore: Intermittant tone.


All clear: Continuous tone of 30 seconds duration.


Hot Work

Hot work is defined as work of any kind involving open equipment which may create sparks or sufficient to heat to ignite flammable liquids or gases. This also includes power tools and portable electrical equipment which is not intrinsically safe. Hot work must not take place without special permission from the Statoil Mongstad's Loading Master.



Smoking is strictly forbidden in the refinery and terminal areas. Speciallly designated smoking areas on board shall be agreed between the Master and Statoil Mongstad's representative. A maximum of such three (3) areas may be agreed. All smoking areas shall be marked with signs.


If required by the circumstances the Statoil Mongstad's Loading Master can ban smoking with immediate effect also in areas on board the vessel where smoking is normally permitted.


Matches and Lighters

The use of matches and lighters is prohibited except in approved smoking areas. It is not permitted to carry matches and lighters outsides these areas, nor on deck or in any other place where an explosive atmosphere may be encountered.


Neked Lights

The use of naked lights is prohibited except for:


a) Places for which Statoil Mongstad has issued a Hot Work Permit.

b) Approved smoking areas.


Note: Equipment which may cause sparking shall be treated as naked lights.


Additional Safety Measures
Statoil Mongstad reserves the right to impose additional safety measures or restrictions as considered necessary. The Master shall be informed in writing of such measures.

Statoil Mongstad also reserves the right to carry out inspections concerning vessel and standard.

Loading/discharging shall not commence until all the safety checks have been carried out to the satisfaction of StatoilHydro Mongstad.

The loading arms are connected by StatoilHydro Mongstad personnel. StatoilHydro Mongstad’s representative and the responsible officer of the vessel must both agree that the systems are correctly connected and lined up for operations to start. Crude carriers should arrive with 16" ANSI 150 manifolds. For product and bunker: 12"/10"/8"/6" ANSI 150 manifolds. The LPG loading arm will be leak tested with nitrogen before the loading commences. The LPG loading arm on Jetty 9 connects to 12”/10”/8” ANSI 300/150 manifolds. Flange shims must not be used when connecting loading arms.

StatoilHydro Mongstad’s jetty personnel can always be reached by the UHF radio delivered on board. A responsible crew member with good Norwegian or English language skills must remain on deck at all times during connecting/disconnecting/loading/discharging operations.
If it is impossible to obtain contact on UHF radio, use VHF channel 11.

The vessels shall, unless it is an emergency, give a minimum of 10 minutes notice when there is a need to start/stop the pumping. The jetty operator will drain the loading arms before disconnecting. The cargo loaded/discharged will be calculated according to the shore metering system. Vessels equipped with inert gas systems shall have the systems tested and in operation during loading/discharging when this is required. LPG vessels must have their inert gas systems stopped and physically separated from the cargo system. StatoilHydro Mongstad will enforce the IMO regulations with respect to inert gas systems (see check list).

Jetty 9 has an electrical cathodic protection system.

Recommended maximum vapour concentrations in ships' tanks for LPG loading:

I Ammonia 30 ppm

II) Ethylene oxide 30 ppm

III) Propylene oxide 50 ppm

IV) Vinyl chloride 10 ppm

V) Acrylonitrile 30 ppm

The above values refer to vapour concentrations considered safe for venting. They DO NOT IMPLY that these concentrations are acceptable from a cargo contamination point of view.

Note: Operations shall not commence until a notice with the words:

No naked lights

No smoking

No unauthorised personnel

is displayed on or near the gangway access to the vessel.

Emergency Shutdown Procedures
Emergency shutdown while loading must only be initiated from the Terminal’s equipment, including the Terminal’s equipment on board. If a vessel is discharging, the vessel's system must be used. The Terminal’s emergency shutdown points can be activated from the Control Room or from the jetty. In addition there are individual emergency shutdown points at the fixed gangway towers and on or near the loading arms.
Emergency shutdown switches with extension cables will be placed in a safe location. Emergency shutdown on jetty 1 and/or jetty 7 will shut the oil routes to both jetties, including routes from fuel oil blenders.   
Emergency shutdown on jetties 2, 3, 8 and 9 will shut the oil routes to all four jetties.
Emergency shutdown on jetty 4 will shut the routes from the propene and propane caverns.

Rules to be Observed during Operations

During operations, sufficient crew must remain on board under the continuous supervision of a responsible and experienced officer to deal with routine operations and to handle emergencies. In addition, during cargo or ballast operations or transfer from one compartment to another of volatile petroleum, vessels must comply with the following conditions:

a) By day a vessel shall fly flag "B" of the international signal code and by night exhibit a red light, visible all round the horizon, situated above the upper level of the superstructure. This also applies to loaded or not yet gas free vessels at anchor or moored.

b) All doors, portholes and openings leading from the main deck to accommodation or machinery areas (other than the pump room) shall be kept closed. This applies to all portholes and openings at any deck level overlooking the main deck.

c) All ventilators through which gas can enter, shall be suitably trimmed and mechanical ventilation and air conditioning equipment shall be stopped if there is a risk of gas being drawn into the accommodation area.

d) All cargo tank lids shall be kept closed and secured and all cargo and bunker hose connections shall be blanked and properly bolted when not in use.

e) The vessel's tanks must only be vented through the vessel's permanent venting system. LPG-ships are not allowed to vent through the ship’s venting system, as long as the ship is within StatoilHydro Mongstad's boundary. LPG-ships will be connected to the onshore vapour return system for venting in case of emergency. The requirement for oxygen content in cargo tanks is < 2.0 %.

f) Sighting and ullage ports must be kept closed when not in use. These may however, be opened for sampling or ullage/temperature readings in case of failure of the remote tank gauging equipment. Loading operations then have to be stopped


h) If there is an unusual development or gas accumulation, loading shall be stopped or the loading rate into one or more tanks reduced at the discretion of either StatoilHydro Mongstad’s representative or the ship’s responsible officer.


j) The ship’s responsible officer shall notify StatoilHydro Mongstad’s representative before the discharge of segregated ballast begins and again when this operation has been completed. If possible, the ballast outlets should be visible and the discharge should be closely monitored visually.


l) All vessels alongside must be ready to leave berth at short notice.


n) The ship's radio transmitters/radar, except low energy transmitters used for satellite and VHF communication, must not be in use when the vessel is alongside.
Aerials must be earthed.

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