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Monday, October 15, 2018


This meeting was held in Kyoto on 15 March and was hosted by the Petroleum Industry Marine Association of Japan (PIMA). Over 30 representatives from major oil companies, Japanese tanker operators, and INTERTANKO participated.

The following items were covered:

v  Water in SBT Cargo tanks
The OCIMF secretariat reported on the submission made by INTERTANKO and OCIMF to MEPC 47 proposing that some operations involving the filling of water into cargo tanks of oil tankers be added to the list of “exceptional cases” as referred to in regulation 13(3) of MARPOL Annex I and further clarified in the Unified Interpretation 4.1.1. This proposal has been made to formalise the introduction of water to cargo tanks for survey and inspection.

A further interpretation permitting water to be put into SBT cargo tanks in order to adjust their draught for operational reasons, such as to sink under loading arms or adjust freeboard during STS transfers, was presented to the OCIMF General Purpose Committee, who after further consideration decided that no such change should be suggested as yet.

v  A presentation was made by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) on the Condition Assessment Programme & Emergency Technical Assistance Service.

v  The Tokyo MOU Secretariat made a presentation on the statistics and information gathered by the organisation.

v  TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K., an ExxonMobil affiliate in Japan made a presentation on their recent initiative, i.e. vetting inspections on Japanese coastal vessels. TG indicated that the quality of these coastal vessels is still behind ocean-going vessels and that it is essential that coastal vessels undergo the same type of vessel screening implemented within IMT. TG further encouraged other OCIMF members involved in chartering Japanese coastal vessels to consider following their initiative.

v  The issue of underkeel clearance in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore had been discussed during the closed-door meeting of OCIMF APF members the day before. The meeting was informed of the OCIMF position to support the interpretation of “static” 3.5m UKC for deep draught vessels navigating through the Straits.

v  OCIMF also reported on the IMO Inter-Sessional Working Group on Maritime Security held 11-15 February, Lifeboat Safety, SIRE issues, Manning of conventional tankers loading at FPSOs and SPMs and STS operations, and future OCIMF publications.

The meeting was chaired by Ed Barsingerhorn from Shell and was his last meeting as Chairman of OCIMF APF. He is moving to Houston around May to take on a new post in Shell.

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