BP announces changes to Group shipping policy on double hulls and age limits

Following the very successful Vetting Seminar in London on 3 October 2006, we have received permission from BP to release the following announcement to members regarding changes in BP Group shipping:

 

The following changes to the BP Group shipping policy will apply to all sea-going movements which are subject to be vetted(1).

 

From 9 January 2006, all vessels carrying persistent or ‘dirty’ oils(2) and which are greater than 5,000 dwt shall be double hulled;

 

  1. From January 2007, all vessels greater than 5,000 dwt carrying hydrocarbons (i.e. including non-persistent or ‘clean’ oils) shall be double hulled; and
  2. From January 2008, all vessels greater than 600 dwt shall be double hulled.

 

In addition:

 

  1. From 9 January 2006(3), all vessels greater than 5,000 dwt shall be less than 24 years of age(4);
  2. From January 2007, all vessels greater than 5,000 dwt shall be less than 22 years of age;
  3. From January 2008, all vessels greater than 5,000 dwt shall be less than 20 years of age, and all vessels below 5,000 dwt shall be less than 25 years of age.

 

Notes:

(1)  The policy applies to all vessels carrying hydrocarbons in bulk except barges (being vessels which are trading exclusively in inland waters, harbours and estuaries)

 

(2)  In brief this will cover all crude oils, residual fuel oils, vacuum gas oil, atmospheric and vacuum residues, lubricating oil and lubricating base oils, but please consult the BP Shipping Assurance team for further detail.

 

(3)  This date applies to the date on which the vessel is vetted, and not the date on which the voyage takes place.

 

(4)  Excluding LNG carriers where the age limit will be 40 years, and all other gas carriers where the age limit will be 25 years, both age limits applying up to and beyond 2008.

 

We would like to thank BP for allowing us to advise members accordingly. 

Contact: Howard Snaith