RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SHIPS FITTINGS FOR USE WITH TUGS

Members are advised that OCIMF have now published the first edition (2002) of their guidelines "Recommendations for ships fittings for use with Tugs, with particular reference to escorting and other high load operations".

INTERTANKO was asked to comment on the publication before it was published and stated that it could only support the guidelines in relation to newbuildings. We are currently in discussion with the Oil Companies to ascertain how these recommendations will be interpreted from the aspect of vetting inspections.

The recommendations in the booklet are based upon consideration of near-miss incidents involving ships fittings whilst utilised for towage operations.

We recommend that members familiarize themselves with the contents of this publication. It is available through the publishers Witherby or nautical book shops and retails at £25:00 (GBP).

Contact: howard.snaith@intertanko.com