INTERTANKO Terminal Vetting Database at your service

Members are reminded of the availability of the revised and upgraded INTERTANKO Terminal Vetting Database launched in November 2007. We encourage them to utilise the database and participate in the scheme, which is primarily aimed at enhancing safety at the terminal during the critical phase of the ship/shore interface.

On the 7th November 2007 INTERTANKO members and associate members were granted access to near real-time information about the terminals their ships plan to visit, with the Association’s Terminal Vetting Database newly hosted on the Q88.com website.

INTERTANKO’s Terminal Vetting Database now works in a similar way to the SIRE and CDI systems. Any low scoring comments on a particular terminal will be forwarded by INTERTANKO to the terminal in question (withholding details of ship and owner) requesting comment from the terminal on root cause analysis and successful implementation of corrective actions and close-out. The terminal’s comments will be entered into the database alongside the original report; or if no comments are received by the terminal after 30 days, then that will also be recorded.

Reflecting numerous expressions of concern from members over reports that the water depth at some terminals is less than shown on the charts, the TVD includes new questions on the accuracy of water depth at the berth.

INTERTANKO formally adopted the Terminal Vetting Database (TVD) in 2004, after a small group of members, led by Captain John Hill of  Heidmar , created a database which could accommodate reports on tanker terminals world-wide for the benefit of INTERTANKO members and associate members.

INTERTANKO has worked closely with Q88.com to ensure that the upgrade of the Terminal Vetting Database meets members’ demands.

This is not a commercial enterprise.

It is supplied at no charge to the Association’s members and associated members as a direct INTERTANKO service whose primary purpose is to enhance safety.

Background.

The Terminal Vetting Database is monitored by a Working Group of the INTERTANKO Vetting Committee which is chaired by its pioneer Captain John Hill of Heidmar.

The purpose of the TVD is to take information about terminal and berth conditions at tanker ports around the world and make it available to INTERTANKO’s members and associate members in a compact one page format, through a very simple web-based database, that is available to the ship masters as well as shore offices.

This system does not put an approved or non-approved stamp on individual terminals. It is a simple fact-finding and fact-sharing exercise which will benefit operational safety and environmental protection at the critical phase of the ship/shore interface, and will promote continuous improvement.

Oil companies exercise due diligence in selecting well-maintained and well-managed vessels for charter; the TVD helps INTERTANKO's members exercise due diligence with regards to safety and environmental protection as they strive for zero fatalities, zero detentions and zero pollution.

The TVD also encourages terminal operators to continue to achieve high standards of operation and continuous improvement through the constructive comments received through the TVD report and through root cause analysis and corrective action.

The Q88.com web site was launched in June 2001. The web site’s primary function is to automate the completion of charterer and terminal questionnaires. There are currently 580 questionnaires available, which are being used by over 350 tanker owners having an aggregate fleet of over 4,400 vessels. Other industry-related companies are also using the service to access the vessel particular details posted on the web site. Q88.com also offers additional online tools for owners, charterers, brokers and agents.

The revised upgraded TVD may be accessed through the INTERTANKO web site at the following link http://www.q88.com/tvd.aspx

Members are encouraged to bring this to the attention of their fleets and utilise the web access function to upload their completed reports.

 

Contacts: Howard Snaith or John.Hill@HEIDMAR.com, or support@Q88.com,  or Adele Garnett