WELL-ATTENDED INTERTANKO VETTING SEMINAR IN HOUSTON

The subject of oil major approvals, multiple inspections and Port State Control attracted the attention and active participation of the 70 members present. Representatives from charterers Shell, ChevronTexaco and Koch Shipping gave presentations and advice to delegates seeking approval and employment for their vessels.

Over 70 members attended the one-day Vetting Seminar held on 24 September 2002 in Houston and chaired by Mr Lars Mossberg, the INTERTANKO Vetting Committee Chairman. As usual, the subject of oil major approvals, multiple inspections and Port State Control attracted the attention and active participation of delegates representing tanker interests from all over the world. Representatives from charterers Shell, ChevronTexaco and Koch Shipping gave presentations and advice to delegates seeking approval and employment for their vessels. The agenda can be viewed here.

 

Capt John R. Dudley, Manager Marine Operations, Koch Supply & Trading LP, gave a presentation entitled ‘Inspection Deficiency Replies’, which stressed the importance to charterers of owners’ replies to inspection comments or deficiencies.

 

Koch considers that the quality of the replies to inspection comments or deficiencies is a measure of owner management quality, competence and attitude. The owner will be judged for “fitness” by the vetting manager’s subjective assessment of the quality of the owner’s replies to comments about his ship’s latest inspection.

 

To gain acceptance for his vessel the owners should send responses that show:

- acceptance & respect for the system.

- an active Safety Management System that takes every deficiency seriously.

- a reply that identifies and eliminates the root cause of the deficiency and confirms its “closure”.

 

The advice from Koch is: Show you care enough by sending your very best response to every inspection comment or deficiency.

 

Captain Dudley’s presentation can be downloaded from here.

 

Roger Van Duzer, Manager Marine Operations, Shell gave a presentation entitled Shell – Structural Vetting.

 

A cargo operation for the Shell Group is carried out on average every ten minutes – 52,500 operations per year, 26,000 voyages per year. A failure rate of 1 in 100,000 (0.001%) would mean an incident every four years. The risks can stem from major structural failure, corrosion, pitting and fatigue fracture in cargo containment.

 

Shell makes a structural review of all tankers over 15 years and rates ships a Pass or Fail on structural condition. With regard to the ballast tanks the following would be considered: the condition of the coating (if any) and anodes, frequency and extent of owner’s inspections, protection of any renewed steel and proximity to heated tanks. In examining the cargo tanks particular attention would be paid to: the extent of any pitting, pitting protection measures and fatigue fractures.

 

Mr Van Duzer’s presentation can be downloaded from the INTERTANKO web site at: http://www.intertanko.com/pdf/weeklynews/ShellIntertanko.ppt

 

Mr Eric Olsen, ChevronTexaco, gave a presentation entitled ‘ChevronTexaco – Vetting Criteria and Owners Review’, in which he explained that the clearance of vessels is undertaken as a commitment to protecting people and the environment. It is also an opportunity to minimize the risks associated with using third-party vessels, an opportunity to balance risk and reward and a tool which enables charterers to choose the lowest risk alternative.

 

It is considered to be necessary because the quality of tank vessels varies across a broad range and industry policing bodies are not effective enough. Also casualties can result in severe consequences and operational mishaps can be costly and can disrupt the supply chain. Moreover, public scrutiny of tanker incidents is intense.

 

In the vetting of vessels consideration is given to inspection data, vessel age and condition, crew quality, the management system, shore organization, ChevTex Experience–Charter & Terminal, the casualty history, port State history, industry information, overall quality and the owner and fleet.

 

Mr Olsen’s presentation can be downloaded from here. 


Contact
: Howard Snaith, e-mail: howard.snaith@Intertanko.com