Terminal Vetting Project - INTERTANKO’s database now open for input from members

INTERTANKO has together with a group of members completed the test phase of a terminal vetting pilot project and has created a database which can accommodate reports on tanker terminals world-wide. This is not a programme intended to put an approved or non-approved stamp on individual terminals, but a simple fact-finding and fact-sharing exercise to the benefit of operational safety and environmental protection.

The purpose is to make available information about terminal and berth conditions at tanker ports around the world through a very simple web-based database. It is not overly ambitious in the scope of information collected, but is based on a simple one-page report form with 15-20 questions. This form was developed by experienced mariners and distributed to a few tanker companies that have helped INTERTANKO develop the concept and provided reports so that the database could be properly tested.

Members are encouraged to distribute the report form throughout their tanker fleet and to send the completed reports back to INTERTANKO by e-mail to Ann Sæther. You can view the standard report form, as well as a simple explanation on how to fill in the form, on the INTERTANKO website. The original can also be downloaded in a PDF format.

A function has been included in the database so that companies that elect to do so may enter the data directly into the database and retrieve information from the database in due course. Until we have achieved critical mass in terms of information in the database, the output will be in the form of a factual overview of specific areas or port/ terminal/berth specific reports generated by INTERTANKO.

The typical output is in the form of a collective account of the ship officers’ experience at each individual berth they visited based on a simple rating system plus comments where appropriate.

The purpose of the database is to enable members to share their experience of various terminals and berths and also to use the information in their dialogue with the terminals as users. Should consistent problems be recorded in relation to specific terminals, it may be a reason for INTERTANKO to bring this to the attention of the terminal operator in a non-adversarial manner to see whether any improvements could be sought.

INTERTANKO will therefore appreciate each owner encouraging their officers to use this form so that we can collectively achieve the objectives of the programme, of which the principal one is safer ship operations.

The source of information will be kept confidential and although the vessel name and voyage number are included as information categories in the report form, this information is for the individual company’s and INTERTANKO’s use only and will not be entered into the database.

We will initially collect information for about a month or two and then give feedback to the users. We would encourage all members to participate in this information sharing so that a top class database on tanker terminals will be available to members after a rapid build-up of data.

The project is being pioneered by a working group chaired by Captain John Hill of Heidenreich Marine Inc. and coordinated through the INTERTANKO Vetting Committee. It is envisaged that any physical changes to the format of the form will be reviewed by the Vetting Committee during its semi annual meetings.

Contacts: Howard Snaith or Gunnar Knudsen or  John Hill for comments and queries.