Oil Mist Detectors

Based on an ISTEC review, INTERTANKO has recently opposed a UK campaign in IMO to develop and approve guidelines for the manufacture and installation of Oil Mist Detection Devices in ships Engine Rooms.

Based on an ISTEC agreement, INTERTANKO has recently opposed an UK campaign in IMO to develop and approve guidelines for the manufacture and installation of Oil Mist Detection Devices in ships Engine Rooms. INTERTANKO keeps an open mind to the development of oil mist detection systems but we object that IMO should impose guidelines based on one manufacturer product. INTERTANKO will not interfere with the commercial promotion of oil mist detectors and will leave to Members’ appreciation to install and use such equipment. INTERTANKO will further follow any data which is made available to demonstrate the reliability of such devices and their efficiency to improve safety onboard tankers. INTERTANKO finds that the data presented so far is not sufficient. On the other hand, INTERTANKO own survey of fire and explosion onboard tankers showed a drastic reduction from 1978 to year 2002.

IMO has decided to draft the IMO circular using the UK paper. This would be the base of a voluntary code of best practice with a target date for completion in 2004. There were general comments that were taken forward that the equipment should be fully tested in advance to ensure there were no false alarms on the equipment that could trigger premature shut down of the main engine. We would therefore request Members’ input of their experience with such devices.

More details of the background and INTERTANKO Position on this issue, including cost implications, can be found here

Guidelines: click here for more information

For further question and clarification contact dragos.rauta@intertanko.com