Sture and Mongstad apply OCIMF recommendations for ships’ fittings for use with tugs

Members are advised of two requirements now that require compliance with Oil Companies’ International Marine Forum (OCIMF) Recommendations for Ships' Fittings for use with tugs with particular reference to Escorting and Other High Load Operations (First Edition 2002) as follows:

  • Norway/Mongstad – escorting requirements

Effective 1 January 2006, vessels are required to comply with the OCIMF Recommendations for Ships' Fittings for use with tugs with particular reference to Escorting and Other High Load Operations (First Edition 2002). Members will need to ensure that their vessels are equipped accordingly. Ships that do not comply must use additional tug assistance during their calls. 

  • Norway/Sture – escorting operations

Effective 1 January 2006 OTS/Sture has set future minimum requirements for the strength of deck fittings for use of tugs and escorting vessels. All vessels calling at the Sture Terminal are to comply with OCIMF’s Recommendations for Ships' Fittings for use with Tugs with particular reference to Escorting and Other High Load Operations (First Edition 2002). 

Members are recommended to make sure that their vessels are equipped accordingly. Ships not complying with above requirements must use additional tug assistance during their calls at the Sture Terminal after 1 January 2006. 

INTERTANKO has been working on a Towing & Mooring Equipment work programme item at IMO for several years now, as well as on a joint survey/study undertaken with the International Marine Pilots Association (IMPA) and OCIMF to look into mooring bitt/fairlead/chock failures (see article in Weekly NEWS No. 28/2003 of 11 July 2003).  

The culmination of this work at IMO resulted in the production of IMO Circular MSC/Circ.1175 "Guidance on shipboard towing and mooring equipment" which can be downloaded hereapplicable to new displacement type ships. 

Contact: Howard Snaith