It is noticeable that for the first time, this self-assessment tool for oil tankers introduces maritime security as Element 13 referring also to cyber security.

Cyber security is currently one of the most discussed topics on the industry and many considerable efforts have been made so far to mitigate threats. Thus, TMSA 3 aims to establish procedures in order to respond to industry’s needs.

 ‘’For the first time, TMSA introduces maritime security as Element 13 including cyber security’’

Also it features an expanded best practice guidance to complement the KPIs and enhanced guidelines for risk assessment, auditing and review ashore and onboard along with guidance for all related tools to be employed.

Other major changes introduced are the expansion of Element 6 on Cargo, Ballast, Tank Cleaning, Bunkering, Mooring & Anchoring Operations, and an updated Element 10 combining Environmental and Energy Management.

In the latest edition, special focus has been given on the continuous improvement cycle by taking into consideration additional KPIs towards effective performance management. Specifically, TMSA3 introduces 85 new KPIs in total. In this context, 25 KPIs have moved to a lower level and there are indexes concerning customer focus, leadership and engagement of people.

On the whole, the TMSA3 addresses issues regarding performance management. The method that a shipping company uses to measure performance is a prominent topic for discussion within the maritime industry. The new edition makes an effort to overhaul the process, not only with the streamline of KPIs but also with the introduction of non-financial measurements and the assessment of soft skills.

Furthermore, TMSA3 introduces a different approach by focusing on the human element and behavioral safety suggesting that crew competence is the tool for crew retention and development.


TMSA 3 at a glance

  • Expanded best practice guidance to complement the KPIs.
  • Revised and enhanced best practice guidance to remove ambiguity and duplication.
  • Additional requirements for HSSE strategic planning, KPI setting and performance monitoring, review and improvement.
  • Streamlining and merging of elements to improve consistency and make self-assessment easier.
  • Enhanced guidelines for risk assessment, auditing and review ashore and onboard along with guidance for all related tools to be employed.
  • Extensively Revised Element 6 and 6A – Cargo, Ballast, Tank Cleaning, Bunkering, Mooring and Anchoring Operations, with additional KPIs and guidance.
  • Extensively Revised Element 10 – Environmental and Energy Management (previously Environmental Management) incorporates the OCIMF Energy Efficiency and Fuel Management paper that was a supplement to the TMSA 2.
  • A New element: Element 13 – Maritime Security.