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Tanker Vetting


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Tanker Vetting

The guide explains
*The reason that tankers are vetted
*The components of vetting
*The vetting process
*The impact of vetting on the chartering business

This guide seeks to clarify the vetting issues and explain the processes used with the objective of helping all concerned to work together more effectively and, of course, in the process to improve the safety of tanker operations and raise industry standards.


The author, Tim Knowles spent most of his career with Esso Petroleum and moved to the Exxon tanker vetting department and took over as Manager in 1996. He took part in the development of the tanker vetting process within ExxonMobil, chaired the OCIMF SIRE development group and assisted in the development of the Tanker Management Self Assessment (TMSA) process within ExxonMobil before its adoption and further development by OCIMF.


After 10 years managing the Third Party Vetting process for ExxonMobil, Tim retired to become an advisor to the tanker industry on vetting related issues and found the time to write this book.


1. Background and Introduction
1.1 The Case for Tanker Vetting
2 Who manages the vettign process? Charterer or Operator?
2.1 Management of Tanker Vetting by the Charterer.
2.1.1 In-House Vetting
2.1.2 External Vetting
3. The commercial impact of Tanker Vetting
4. The Tanker Vetting Process
4.1 Who carries out Tanker Vetting
4.2 The Vetting Department
4.3 When is Tanker Vetting carried out?
4.4 How is Tanker Vetting carried out?
4.5 The Data and its origin
4.6 Vetting Risk Assessments
4.7 Funding
5. The components of the vetting process
5.1 Vessel age
5.2 TMSA2
5.2.1 TMSA2 Application to Vetting
5.3 Vetting Profile of the Operator
5.4 Vessel Hull Type
5.5 Hull dimensions
5.6 IMO Number
5.7 Vessel Operational History
5.8 Incidents and Impact of "signigicant" incidents
5.9 Incident Management
5.10 Operator Rating (Qualtiy)
5.11 Operator Type (Owner Operator /Manager / Oil Major)
5.12 Changes of Owner/Operator/Manager
5.13 Impact of different Groups of Tankers within a Management Company
5.14 Port State Detentions
5.15 Visual Appearance
5.16 Vessel Inspection
5.17 Fleet Inspection Profile
5.18 Cargo
5.19 Charter Type
5.20 Oeprating Region
5.21 Terminal Reports
5.22 Berth Fit
5.23 Mechanical Reliability
5.24 Crew
5.25 Management System Audits
6 Meetings between the operator and the Vetting Company
7General Communications between the Operator and the Vetting Company.
8. Vetting Terminology
9. The Future of Vetting