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Monday, October 15, 2018


INTERTANKO has received the following information from BP regarding their revised vetting acceptance criteria. It is copied here below for the benefit of membership.


“The recent oil spill and sinking of the fuel oil tanker ERIKA off the French coast has  highlighted the importance of an effective vetting system to protect our people, facilities and cargoes, and of course, the marine environment.  Following a review and audit of our Ship Vetting Service and the standards applied for ship acceptance, we shortly intend to introduce a number of changes to our acceptance criteria with the aim of providing an increased level of assurance.

The purpose of this note is to advise you of the change in our policies with regard to the degrees of structural assurance we will, in the future, require of owners prior to any approval for any part of BP Amoco Group business.


The conditions set out below will become effective as of 1st January 2001. This will allow owners to phase the requirement into their repair and docking schedules.  The criteria  will apply to all types of vessel, whether oil , chemical or gas carrying.

All ships of greater than 15 years of age and greater than 20,000 DWT will be required, as a minimum,  to hold a Condition Assessment Programme (CAP) 2 rating.  If not already held this must be attained by the end of the next scheduled special survey, docking survey or intermediate survey which ever is the sooner after 1st January 2001.

CAP surveys can be carried out by Companies associated with some of the Classification Societies but form no part of the Classification status of a vessel.

The maximum period of validity of a CAP rating will be  3 years. CAP ratings issued by Lloyd's Register of Shipping, Det Norske Veritas or American Bureau of Shipping will be accepted immediately provided they also include a comprehensive fatigue analysis and report no areas of substantial corrosion either within the cargo area or any other particular compartments within the vessel.  All other issuing bodies must prove an equivalent service to be considered in this process. 

In the United States of America a Critical Area Inspection Plan (CAIP) is used, in some trades, as an alternative to the CAP process.  Where this CAIP process is found to be fully auditable, with all data readily provided, and together with the requirements of the Enhanced Survey Programme  can be shown to provide an equivalent level of structural assurance, it will be accepted in lieu of a CAP rating certificate.

The requirement for CAP rating will remain until such time as changes brought about within the Enhanced Survey Programme give equivalent levels of assurance.”