• 1. Safety Regulations and Inspections

Safety Regulations and Inspections

Safety Regulations

Smoking Regulations
Smoking is prohibited at all times on the weather deck of tank vessels while in the Statia Terminals Manoeuvring area. Additionally, smoking is prohibited in accommodation and machinery spaces except in areas designated for this purpose and jointly approved, in writing by the tanker Master and the Pilot/Mooring Master.

Open Lights
Portable electric lights are not permitted on the weather deck of tankers at Statia Terminals. Depending on location, only vapour-proof or explosion-proof lights, approved for use in hazardous locations are permitted.

Electric Cables
Portable electrical equipment is not permitted on deck and all cables used with this equipment must be disconnected and removed from weather decks.

After a tanker is moored to the SPM, all radar and HF radio transmitting antennas must be switched off and secured. Prior to normal departure from the SPM and with prior approval from Statia Terminals, radar antennas may be activated.

Cathodic Protection
If a vessel is equipped with an impressed current cathodic protection system, it must be turned off while the vessel is moored to the SPM.

Hand Torches/Lights
Only regulatory approved equipment certified for use in a hazardous location is permitted.

Portable Radio Transceiver
Only intrinsically safe portable radio transceivers are permitted on weather decks.

Door and Ports In Accommodations
All doors, ports, and openings in the accommodations spaces must be kept closed and secured during cargo and ballast operations.

Accommodation Space Ventilation
Ventilation or air conditioning systems must be operated to prevent the admission of flammable gas or vapour to enclosed spaces.

Mooring Hawsers
Mooring hawsers must be continuously observed by vessel personnel to ensure that the tanker is in proper position in relation to the SPM.

Bunker Hoses
The tanker Master will inspect and ensure that bunker hoses are in good condition and fit for intended use.

Unused Cargo Connections
Unused cargo and bunker connections will be blanked.

Stern Discharge Line
Vessels fitted with stern discharge line(s) will ensure that the line is blanked forward of the after accommodation.

Sea Chests/Overboard
(Ref. ICS/OCIMF Publication "Prevention of Oil Spillages Through Pumproom Sea Valves") All sea chests or overboard discharge lines connect to cargo pumps or vessel bilge systems must have valves closed and secured while the vessel is in the Statia Terminals Manoeuvring area. Vessel ballasting requirements that need cargo pumps or cargo system sea chests cannot be opened or operated without prior knowledge of the Pilot/Mooring Master.

Scuppers will be plugged and will not be removed until the vessel is clear of the Statia Terminals Manoeuvring area. Plugs temporarily removed to allow accumulated rain water to be drained must be attended and used to ensure that no oil on deck is allowed to enter the water.

Statia Terminals will supply the Pilot/Mooring Master and Chief Mate of the tanker with intrinsically safe portable radio transceivers so that communication can be maintained between the ship and Statia Terminals.

Cargo Tank Lids
Prior to entering the Statia Terminals Manoeuvring area, all tank tips, ullage openings, gauging and sighting ports must be closed and secured.

Flame Screens
Ullage ports will be protected at all times, whether open or closed, by well fitted, defect free flame screens of an approved wire gauge size and construction.

Fire Fighting
Fire fighting equipment will be kept in readiness at all times while the vessel is in the Statia Terminals Manoeuvring Area. Vessel fire hoses will be uncoiled and laid out one (1) forward, one (1) midships and one (1) aft. Fire monitors in the same locations may be substituted for hoses. Two (2) dry chemical portable fire extinguishers must be made available at the cargo manifold.

Emergency Towing
All tankers must be fitted with IMO Assembly Resolution A535 (13) described emergency towing equipment forward and aft, consisting of a strong point and towing chain, and this equipment must be deployed and accessible for immediate connection while a tanker is in the Statia Terminals Manoeuvring area.

Main Engines
Main propulsion equipment will be kept ready and the vessel suitably trimmed at all times so that a short notice departure from the mooring can be effected. At no time can the main propulsion machinery or steering be disabled for any reason.

Non-segregated ballast systems that require the use of cargo system pumps, sea chests, or piping systems cannot be used unless pipelines have been drained back an the pump is operating with a suction prior to opening any sea chest valves.

Gas Freeing
Gas freeing of tanks is not permitted while the vessel is in the Statia Terminals Manoeuvring area.

Accommodation Ladder
Pilot and accommodation ladders will be kept rigged, well lighted, and tended as the discharge/loading progresses.

No repair or maintenance work that involves risk of ignition shall be undertaken while the vessel is in the Statia Terminals Manoeuvring area without prior permission from the Statia Terminals Manager.

Boiler Tube Cleaning
Boiler tubes must not be cleaned while the vessel is in the Statia Terminals Manoeuvring area and all diesel engine exhausts must be fitted with spark arresting mufflers.

Fire Emergency Signal
In the event of fire, the vessel will sound a continuous long blast of the whistle while ringing of the tanker's fire alarm bell.

Suspension of Loading
In the event that any of the foregoing Safety Regulations are not observed, or other danger is believed to exist by cargo supervising personnel, Statia Terminals is authorised to suspend all cargo operations. Tankers are at all times to be in compliance with applicable Solas and IMO resolutions.

The tanker Master has the right to shutdown operations in the event he feels Statia Terminals controlled operations are unsafe, provided that prior and adequate notification is given to the Pilot/Mooring Master and Statia Terminal Control Room.

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