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OCIMF: Update to dynamic torsion load tests for offshore hoses

OCIMF issued an information paper providing an update to section 3.4.10.3: Dynamic Test – Torsion Load in OCIMF’s Guide to Manufacturing and Purchasing Hoses for Offshore Moorings. The dynamic torsion test in that guide does not take into consideration the large differences in torsional stiffness of hoses from different manufacturers that have different hose constructions.

OCIMF: VOC emission control methods for oil tankers

A new information paper by OCIMF presents the technologies and methods that are currently available for controlling or treating Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions from oil tanker loading and during vessel transit.

OCIMF: How to ensure a safe deck onboard offshore vessels

The last twenty years many dangerous events took place, showcasing the risk that offshore deck cargo operations present. To deal with this issue, OCIMF released a new information paper, Deck Cargo Management Onboard Offshore Vessels. The paper includes risk-based guidance as well as best practices on how to manage deck cargo in the offshore marine industry.

OCIMF extends TMSA access to non-OCIMF members

From 14 January 2019 OCIMF extended access to the TMSA reports to include non-OCIMF members who are registered as SIRE recipients. This move aims to ensure that more information is available to more users, and it will help to improve safety and marine assurance in the industry.

OCIMF: Recommendations on personnel transfer by crane between vessels

OCIMF published an information paper on ‘Transfer of Personnel by Crane Between Vessels’, focusing on the use of an onboard crane for personnel transfer, that has risks. This paper addresses those risks and provides guidance that should be used in the risk assessment process to determine the method of transfer, comparing transfers using a crane to transfers using a pilot ladder and transfers using an accommodation ladder.

OCIMF: Guidance for presenting port, terminal information

When a ship is arriving in a port, it is considered as a high-risk activity. The dangers of this operation can be reduced by correct planning and making sure that the vessel’s crew knows about the port’s or terminal’s requirements. For this reason, OCIMF published the ‘Marine Terminal Information Booklet’.

OCIMF: Navigational assessments and audits maintain high standards

OCIMF released the information paper ‘A Guide to Best Practice for Navigational Assessments and Audits’ which will help vessel owners, operators and Masters to identify opportunities for improvement on the safety onboard and the protection of the environment through navigational assessments and audits.

OCIMF: Seafarers’ behavioural competence assessment

Seafarers work in highly risk environments, where skills and abilities play a key role in performance at both individual and organizational level. Competencies can be difficult to assess. As such, OCIMF and Intertanko issued a report presenting a system for assessing competency in seafarers.

OCIMF: Three levels of sharing lessons learned

OCIMF released the information paper ‘Sharing Lessons Learned from Incidents’ that encourages vessel operators to use three different levels of sharing the lessons learned from incidents.

OCIMF MEG 4 Review: Mooring lines issues in the spotlight

Reviewing the guidance, there are two issues that may require more clarification for the operators: The first issue refers to the maximum breaking load that a line should have in order to be purchased. The second issue refers to the retirement of a line (or supportive equipment as tails)