Publishing the 2nd phase of its terminal information package


OCIMF has published its Marine Terminal Management and Self Assessment (MTMSA) document, the second leg in the development of the Marine Terminal Information System. MTMSA supersedes the Marine Terminal Baseline Criteria and Assessment Questionnaire.

Robert Atkins, chairman of the MTMSA Working Group, says the publication marks "a significant milestone in the MTIS journey towards improving marine terminal standards". All the major oil companies have recognised the MTIS structure for terminal self-assessment. He continues: "The adoption of a uniform format for the assessment may also, at the discretion of the submitting terminal, facilitate internal benchmarking of performance within organisations."

"MTMSA is a standardised tool for global application to assist terminal operators in the assessment of the effectiveness of their management systems for berth operations and

the management of the ship/shore interface," adds Anuj Gupta, secretary of the MTMSA Working Group. "Self assessment can be used by terminal operators to verify that their management systems are comprehensive and promote safety and environmental excellence, with the intention of minimising risk in the execution of their operations and providing the ability to measure and continuously improve their management systems."

"This self assessment process encourages terminal operators to review performance by means of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that are detailed within the elements of this document," says David Cotterell, director of OCIMF. "Analysis of this data will establish trends that can be used to target resources on priority areas. A fu

ndamental element of effective safety management is risk assessment. The use of this Guide can assist terminal operators to demonstrate that risks have been identified, analysed and reduced to a level that is as low as reasonably practicable."

The third and fourth elements of the MTIS project, the Marine Terminal Operator Competency Training Package and the Marine Terminal Assessor Programme, are due for completion and release during 2013.

Source: OCIMF