FPSO/FSU/Shuttle Tankers security interface - suggested guidance

As previously reported, the IMO’s ISPS Code and the U.S. MTSA do not require that some of the offshore units such as FPSOs and FSUs develop a security plan. Consequently, tankers loading at these units are potentially interfacing with a "non compliant" facility.

According to the IMO’s advice, the Ship Security Plan should contain security measures and procedures covering an interface as recommended in Paragraph 9.51 of Part B of the ISPS Code, and the ultimate responsibility for the security and safety of the ship should rest with the Ship Security Officer (SSO). The IMO did not find relevant to issue an additional Declaration of Security (DoS) form for calls at FPSO/FSUs nor for a unilateral DoS. It was furthermore decided that in the cases where the Master or SSO was unable to obtain a bi-lateral DoS with an FPSO/FSU, the SOLAS vessel would issue a unilateral DoS and the Master or SSO’s sole signature on the form would be deemed sufficient. An IMO Circular will be issued to take account of this particular matter.

However, a good alternative solution was recently promoted by two INTERTANKO members, Bluewater, a FPSO operator, and Teekay (Norway), a shuttle tanker operator. They have kindly agreed to let INTERTANKO circulate copies of the company security procedure, and of the Declaration of Security used by the shuttle tankers calling at the FPSO and FSU under the UK and South African jurisdiction. These procedures and DoS were cleared with the two countries’ authorities.

Click here to download BW-UKCS Declaration of Security and here to download the Guidance on Use of DoS on UKCS

Click here to download BW-ZACS Declaration of Security and here to download the Guidance on Use of DoS on ZACS

INTERTANKO’s membership expresses its great appreciation to both Bluewater and Teekay for their kind permission to share these documents.

Contact: Dragos Rauta