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Sunday, October 21, 2018


The Vetting Committee was kindly offered a presentation by the Vetting department of PDVSA on how they go about their vetting activities. Ms. Renato Campagnare gave a broad introduction to the international and extensive nature of the vast company. Mr. Leonardo Leefmans concentrated on the vetting aspects.

PDVSA operates a Tanker Acceptance Corporate System Organization (TACS), whose objective is to guarantee the safety and reliability of tanker operations in PDVSA terminals.

The TACS Organization, upon receiving a request for a tanker, will enter their database of inspection reports, related to in excess of 1800 tankers, and extract relevant information. The PDVSA terminals, both in Venezuela and abroad, make reports. The pre-acceptance of the tanker will include a review of the PDVSA minimum safety requirements, the operational record of the tanker from terminal reports, the physical dimensions of the tanker to fit the proposed terminal, along with an assessment of their experience with the owner and manager of the tanker. Should the tanker not be acceptable, it is their policy to contact the owner and explain why and to give an opportunity for the changes/improvements to be made.

With regard to commercial personnel being involved in the pre-acceptance, it was made clear that they solely determined the fit of the tanker to the terminal. The commercial personnel did not decide the quality. The only exception is when a terminal considers that they particularly need a tanker, in which case the responsibility for taking that tanker passes from the vetting department to the terminal.

One question was raised regarding the Maricaibo Lake Channel and who was responsible for it. In a short discussion on the problems associated with the channel it was clarified that the dredging of the channel is the responsibility of a government department and that PDVSA are equally clients of the channel and encounter the same difficulties that others experience. PDVSA confirmed that the maximum draught at present is 37' 03".

Regarding chemical tankers and gas carriers, PDVSA make use of the supplements in the OCIMF VIQ. PDVSA give approvals for 1 year and the inspection report will be shared between all the terminals. For further information please visit their web site


Crude and Clean Products of 20,000 DWT and above

Comply with terminal restrictions and local rules + MARPOL & SOLAS

Mandatory Inert Gas System

Mandatory Close Loading System

Segregated Ballast Tanks, (CBT depending upon terminal requirements).

Automatic Loading Control Devices:

Remote control of cargo valves operation

Close loading system        = UTI = tanks on loading operations, (2 spares)

Loading Computer (OBO on line)

High and overfill alarm

Double Hulled Tanker type for Orimulsion cargoes.

Crude and Clean Products, 19,999 DWT and below

Comply with terminal restrictions and local rules + MARPOL & SOLAS

Inert Gas System

Mandatory: - 20,000 - 10,000 DWT Low Flash point cargoes

Excepted: - Fuel/distillates/Gas Oil/Lube Oil cargoes

- 10,000 DWT or less

Closed Loading System

Mandatory: -   20,000 - 10,000 DWT loading crude/products

                    10,000 -   5,000 DWT low Flash Point cargoes

Excepted: -    Asphalt/Lube Oil cargoes

                    5,000 DWT or less

Segregated Ballast Tanks (or CBT according to terminal requirements

Automatic Loading Control Devices:

Remote Control of Cargo valves operation:

- 20,000 - 10,000 DWT local and hydraulic operation

- 10,000 DWT - or less, local and manual operation

Closed Loading system +  UTI = tanks on loading operations (2 spare)/two

different ullage systems

Loading Computer, (OBO on line)

High and Overfill alarms