INTERTANKO and BP cooperate to improve oil terminal safety

All too often we are finding that top-class tankers are put at risk at the critical ship/shore interface stage of a voyage. While the owner is responsible for ensuring his vessel is well maintained and in full compliance with all legislation and regulations, not all tanker terminals and berths meet the same exacting standards that are required of the tanker. As a key link in the chain of responsibility it is vital that all terminals operate to high safety standards. 

It is these concerns over tanker safety that prompted INTERTANKO to introduce its Terminal Vetting Database (TVD) a few years ago. Tankers operated by INTERTANKO's members complete first-hand individual reports in a standard one-page format, which are input directly to the TVD.  

Over 6,500 reports are now contained within the database, providing first-class information on berths and terminals around the world, pinpointing actual problems and potential problems so that others can learn from them. The TVD’s primary function is to achieve safer ship operation, by enhancing safety for those ashore as well as those afloat, at a critical moment in the ship/shore interface when a tanker is at its most vulnerable. 

We are very pleased to announce that BP (which is an associate member of INTERTANKO) is closely cooperating with INTERTANKO on this project. BP has amended its own terminal feedback report form to include the information required by INTERTANKO, and has also created an automated system so that a BP terminal report can be input directly to the INTERTANKO database.  

INTERTANKO is supplying feedback to BP on terminals that are reported with a low score. BP and INTERTANKO then work together to address safety concerns at these terminals.  

We welcome the opportunity to work together with BP on this project, as we believe that such a joint venture is a major step forward in improving terminal safety. This will not only enhance the work that we have been undertaking, but will also be an immense assistance with the task of ensuring that terminals quickly correct reported safety deficiencies. 

Daniel Lewis, BP Shipping’s Port Information Superintendent, comments that “This is an excellent opportunity for BP Shipping to participate in a project of this magnitude and adds another dimension to our Assurance portfolio to achieve our simple goals of clean seas, safe ships and commercial success”. 

Contact: Howard Snaith