Report on the INTERTANKO Offshore Tanker Committee (IOTC) meeting on 28 April 2004 in Oslo

The INTERTANKO Offshore Tanker Committee (IOTC) met under the chairmanship of Capt. John Einar Dalsvaag, Knutsen O.A.S. Shipping A/S.

The following is the outcome of the discussions on some of the agenda items:

  • Adoption of the new Terms of Reference, which was triggered by the change of name from the Shuttle Tanker Committee to the INTERTANKO Offshore Tanker Committee (IOTC) and which extended the scope of the work to include other offshore tanker activity within the INTERTANKO membership.
  • Also discussed was the lack of application of the ISPS Code to FPSOs/FSUs, as a consequence of which every tanker calling at these units would be regarded as calling at a non-compliant port as far as the ISPS Code is concerned.

When calling at these units every tanker will need to raise its MARSEC level. In addition, although under the non-mandatory Part B of the ISPS Code, Port State Control (PSC) in ports where the ship will discharge the oil could demand a Declaration of Security (DoS). Within this context, the IOTC discussed the need for a standard format for such a DoS and the legal framework which would permit the FPSO/FSUs to be part of the DoS without being certified under the ISPS Code.

IOTC discussed possible alternative solutions:

- FPSO/FSU to have a voluntary ISPS certification from a recognised security organisation (RSO).

-  Develop a DoS which, on a voluntary basis, could be used by tankers and accepted by PSC.

IOTC agreed to request INTERTANKO to raise this issue with the IMO to inform it about the identified possible solutions and to encourage FPSO/FSU operators to take the ISPS certification for these units.

IOTC also recommended that INTERTANKO investigate this issue with other industry partners in order to identify a common strategy.

Note should be taken that representatives from Oil Companies’ International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD) attended the IOTC meeting primarily to take part in the discussion on the ISPS issue.

The next meeting is provisionally scheduled for 16 November 2004.

Contact: Dragos Rauta