Although STS operations have recently being regulated by the International Maritime Organization within MARPOL, still the best industry practices reflected through the OCIMF STS guidelines play the most important and significant role in safeguarding safety by defining the duties of all involved parties.
uthored by Ms Despoina Vourlidi, the “STS Operations, Risks and liabilities” delivers a comprehensive knowledge of the statutory framework and its impact on liabilities of individual stakeholders that participate in ship-to-ship transfer operations.
Namely, it is the first time ever that Ship to Ship transfer regulatory framework is presented holistically in one reference.
The work presented herewith is an integration of an LL. Il Thesis, submitted to the University of City, Law School in January 2020. It includes an assessment of the existing regulatory framework for Ship-to-Ship transfer operations. It presents the evolution of the current IMO (International Maritime Organization) applicable regulations, ever since the beginning of their discussions by their founding member States”.
…the author explains.
According to the book, the actions of all parties play a significant role to the extent that the shipowner is liable. There are means to have all liabilities safeguarded and Ms. Despoina Vourlidi has delivered in a very comprehensive way the applicable methodologies available through the IMO regulations.
As noted, although the transfer of cargo by ship to ship has produced extraordinarily little in terms of impact to the environment, the high-risk profile of these operations justifies the concern and efforts from stakeholders in generating necessary awareness globally, to safeguard safety.
It was a privilege being involved in the production of the work presented in this thesis since ship to ship is still in the very beginning of a life span that needs maturity and integration from the Stakeholders This work would not have been possible to be created without the support and resources offered from DYNAMARINe UK Ltd and Dr., Alexandros Glykas.
…Ms. Despoina Vourlidi concluded.