INTERTANKO A Guide to the Vetting Process, 13th Edition 2019

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This guide, now in its 13th edition, has become an invaluable tool to assist ship and office staff, charterers and oil majors gain a clear understanding to ensure the effective vetting of ships.The INTERTANKO Secretariat receives countless enquiries for up-to-date information on the different vetting and ship inspection requirements of oil and chemical companies, insurers and underwriters in addition to information pertaining to the various Port State Control requirements.

INTERTANKO recommends that this revised and expanded 13th edition is a MUST onboard each vessel and in every shore office to assist tanker crews and personnel ashore to better understand, and to be better prepared, for vetting inspections.



Guide to Port State Control and Regional MoUs

Introduction, Scope and Background to PSC

Port State Control Inspections

Professional Qualifications and Conduct of PSCOs

Deficiencies and Detentions

General Guide for Masters

A Guide for Masters – US Coast Guard Visits

Guidance for Companies

Selection of Ships for Port State Control


Guide to Port State Control and Regional MoUs

Port State Control – Abuja MoU

Port State Control – Black Sea MoU

Port State Control – Caribbean MoU

Port State Control – Indian Ocean MoU

Port State Control – Mediterranean MoU

Port State Control – Paris MoU

Port State Control – Riyadh MoU

Port State Control – Tokyo MoU

Port State Control – Viña del Mar

Port State Control Inspections in Australia

Port State Control Inspections in China

Port State Control Inspections in the United Kingdom

Port State Control Inspection in the USA

Code of Good Practice for Port State Control Officers


Detention Appeal and Review Procedures

Abuja Detention Review Panel Procedures

Australian Detention Review Panel Procedures

Black Sea Detention Review Panel Procedures

China Detention Review Panel Procedures

Indian Ocean MoU Independent Detention Review Panel

Mediterranean MoU Review Panel/Appeal Procedures

Paris MoU Detention Review Procedure

Tokyo MoU Detention Review Panel Procedures

United Kingdom Detention Review Procedures

Viña Del Mar MoU Detention Review Panel Procedures

Generic appeal letter for USCG interventions


Guide to Vetting Inspections

A Guide to Ship Inspections


SIRE Introduction

SIRE Documents

SIRE PSC Repository

Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI)

Vetting Company Requirements


AMPOL Management Services Pte Ltd


Borealis Polymers NV


BP Shipping Ltd


Chevron Shipping Company LLC


Dow Chemical

ENI Trading and Shipping S.p.A

Emirates National Oil Company Ltd (ENOC)



Idemitsu Ship Vetting Service


JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation

Koch Shipping Pte Ltd

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation


Marathon Petroleum Corporation

MISC Maritime Services SDN BHD (MMS)

Motor Oil Hellas S.A.


NuStar Energy LP


Petrobras – Petroleo Brasileiro S/A

Phillips 66

P.M.I.® Trading DAC

Preem AB

PTT Marine Group

Qatar Petroleum

REPSOL Trading S.A.



Saudi Aramco Products Trading Company (Aramco Trading Company – ATC)

SGS Nederland BV 302

Shell International Trading & Shipping Company Ltd (STASCO)

ShipVet Services Ltd

ShipVetting B.V.


Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corporation (TUPRAS)

Viva Energy Australia



Related Port State Control Information


Guidelines for Port State Control related to the ISM Code

Port State Control and Regional MoUs

PSC Codes for Deficiencies / Detention

Report of Inspection in accordance with IMO Port State Control procedures (Form A)*

Report of Inspection in accordance with IMO Port State Control procedures (Form B)


Related Vetting Information

Newbuilding Vetting and Dry-Dock Checklist

Newbuilding Table

Age, CAP and Officer Matrix Summary

INTERTANKO Benchmarking and Performance Monitoring tools

INTERTANKO Vessel & PSC Inspection Feedback Systems

Terminal Vetting Database

Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA 3)

INTERTANKO Model Vetting Inspection Clause 2009

INTERTANKO Tanker Chartering Questionnaire 88


OCIMF-SIRE Inspection Request Form Requirement, Singapore

OCIMF-SIRE Vessel Incident Repository (VIR)


Streamlining the Inspection Process


Maritime risk – what is it and how do different organisations address risk? As a mariner and one who has been involved in the marine transportation business for over 40 years, I have had to address maritime risk through different lenses and perspectives – as an individual on a ship, as part of the shipboard management team and as an auditor, as part of the company’s management team ashore and as part of INTERTANKO’s Vetting Committee.

Maritime transport poses various risks in terms of loss of life and limb, environmental pollution and loss of property. Readers will agree that eliminating risk completely is difficult to achieve; however, it is the everdemanding expectations of society and our customers that we must satisfy. In response to these expectations, companies and organisations that make use of the marine transportation industry are increasingly sensitive to any form of risk.

It is, therefore, the ability of shipping companies to demonstrate the use of risk management as part of their company quality and safety management systems that will make them attractive business partners. Vetting is the process which energy companies, charterers and Port State authorities use to manage risk when assessing a vessel. A successful “vetting” is, therefore, a vessel’s “ticket to trade”.

During my many years in the maritime industry, I have in one way or another been involved with INTERTANKO and its Vetting Committee which conceived and developed this invaluable guide for the industry. INTERTANKO responds to many enquiries for up-to-date information on the different vetting and shipinspection requirements of energy and chemical companies, terminals, insurers and underwriters as well as for information pertaining to the various Port State Control requirements.

This Guide to the Vetting Process, compiled with the assistance and support of the vetting departments of energy companies, Port State authorities and INTERTANKO Members, brings together the up-to-date requirements of these stakeholders

As Chair of the Vetting Committee, I cannot understate the importance of understanding the risk-management values and principles employed by energy companies, charterers and Port State authorities. This guide, now in its 13th Edition, will provide shore-based personnel a better understanding of these and will help them comply with various vetting requirements.

Although the main aim of this publication has been to assist INTERTANKO Members with information and guidance on ship-inspections and vetting processes, it has become the “go-to” publication for the wider shipping industry. It is completed and supported by the revised and updated: “Vessels’ Practical Guide to Vetting” – a must have guide for ships’ staff.

There are too many individuals and organisations to thank for their contributions and hard work to include here, however, I would like to offer particular thanks to INTERTANKO’s Vetting Committee and its Secretariat.

Capt. Steve Hardy

NYK Line

Chairman, INTERTANKO Vetting Committee



Title: INTERTANKO A Guide to the Vetting Process, 13th Edition
Number of Volumes: 1
Number of Pages: 431
Product Code: WS1724K
Published Date: August 2019
Binding Format: Hardback
Book Height: 303 mm
Book Width: 216 mm
Book Spine: 25 mm
Author: Intertanko