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This publication follows each chapter of the latest version of the SIRE Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ) and provides guidance on the responsibilities for each question in the VIQ. Each ship owner, ship management company/operator or technical manager, referred to from here on in this Guide as “the company” should,under their own Safety Management System (SMS), have their own allocations of such responsibilities onboard.
Vessels' Practical Guide to Vetting (formerly Seafarers' Guide to Vetting Inspections) is the result of an INTERTANKO Vetting Committee initiative and has been written for all Officers and crew on board to enable them to better understand the content and requirements of the SIRE Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ).
This Guide should be used in conjunction with the latest edition of the OCIMF-SIRE VIQ.
Chapter 1. General Information
Chapter 2. Certification and Documentation
Chapter 3. Crew Management
Chapter 4. Navigation and Communications
Chapter 5. Safety Management
Chapter 6. Pollution Prevention
Chapter 7. Maritime Security
Chapter 8. Cargo and Ballast Systems – Petroleum
Chapter 8. Cargo and Ballast Systems – Chemical
Chapter 8. Cargo and Ballast Systems – LPG
Chapter 8. Cargo and Ballast Systems – LNG
Chapter 9. Mooring
Chapter 10. Engine and Steering Compartments
Chapter 11. General Appearance and Condition
Chapter 12. Ice Operations
Inspection Close-out Meeting
INTERTANKO Vetting Inspection Feedback Form
The purpose of this guide is to assist a vessel’s staff to prepare both themselves and the vessel for a ship
The importance of consistently successful ship inspections cannot be understated, without these vessels will
have extreme difficulties to trade.
Good and thorough preparations will not only show an Inspector the competency and professionalism of the
crew, but also how well the vessel is managed.
This publication follows each chapter of the latest version of the SIRE Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ)
and provides guidance on the responsibilities for each question in the VIQ. Each ship owner, ship management
company/operator or technical manager, referred to from here on in this Guide as “the company” should,
under their own Safety Management System (SMS), have their own allocations of such responsibilities on
Ships’ staff must also understand that for SIRE Inspectors to maintain their accreditation, they are required
to undergo an audited inspection, which is one observed/audited by a more senior SIRE Inspector. This will
be explained during the opening meeting onboard. The Master should have been told to expect this by his
company because the company is always asked if they will permit this during an inspection. It is incorrect to
think this will result in many more observations being raised – this is simply not the case and statistical analysis
clearly proves this. It should also be noted that if the SIRE Inspector being audited fails the inspection, the
report will still be completed and issued by the senior auditing inspector. We, as INTERTANKO would hope and
request individual companies to respect and allow such audits to be completed on their vessels.
Inspectors may, on occasion, have observers with them during an inspection. Where the Inspector has an
observer accompanying them, the inspector must introduce the observer to the Master at the same time and in
the same manner as they introduce themselves. Inspectors must clarify the extent and scope of the observer’s
role during the inspection.
Observers are generally there to do just that – OBSERVE. They should not generally interfere in the inspection.
The guidance notes
Those on board at the forefront of the inspection will usually be the Master, Chief Officer, Chief and 2nd
Engineers, referred to from here on as “Senior Officers”. It should be recognised that underperformance from
any member of the crew could and, most often does, result in negative comments and such comments could
result in the vessel potentially failing a vetting process.
The latest edition of the VIQ has introduced many “competence” questions whereby the Inspector will verify
awareness and familiarity of any Officer and crew member on their knowledge and understanding of many
vessel operations and procedures. It is thus recommended each VIQ Inspector guidance note is read thoroughly
by the appropriate Officer or crew member to ensure full understanding of the requirements of each VIQ
Knowledge of the contents of legislation, documents and publications often identified in the guidance notes
must be read in conjunction with the notes.
Title: INTERTANKO Vessels’ Practical Guide to Vetting 3rd Edition 2019
Number of Volumes: 1
Number of Pages: 208
Product Code: WS1672K
Published Date: July 2019
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 300 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Book Spine: 5 mm
Weight: 0.80 kg
So, with this in mind all personnel on board have an important role to play during an inspection and to ensure
that all perform their duties as part of a well-drilled ship-board team.
It is strongly recommended that all Senior Officers should make themselves familiar with Section 4, “Conduct
of Inspections” of the OCIMF-SIRE VIQ. These contain the requirements