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Monday, November 19, 2018

Seatrade Award for INTERTANKO's TOTS initiative

INTERTANKO’s Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) initiative has won the Seatrade Award for the category of Investment in People which recognises a significant contribution to the recruitment, training, retention and advancement of the industry’s most valuable asset, its people.


Launched in April 2008 during INTERTANKO’s Istanbul Tanker Event, TOTS is a core competency-based training system for tanker officers which aims to raise the bar over and above the minimum acceptable standard, and to be accepted as the norm of a competent tanker officer. It involves tanker operation and tanker safety elements, and also focuses on aspects of the human element as well as re-invigorating the mentoring concept,


Becoming accepted as an industry standard, TOTS is a proactive move that establishes a set of voluntary tanker officer training standards for INTERTANKO Members and others. When complied with, TOTS will ensure a tanker officer’s competency for ship board operations on three different types of tankers, namely crude, product and chemical tankers.


TOTS is approved as a standard by the Nautical Institute and the Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology. The new electronic version of TOTS (e-TOTS), was launched last week in Tokyo.


INTERTANKO’s Marine Director Capt Howard Snaith says, "We are absolutely delighted that TOTS has won the Innovation in People Category at the Seatrade Awards. TOTS was initiated by INTERTANKO Members, and has been driven and brought to reality by these Members through collective input and cooperation, with the objective of continuous improvement and raising the bar even further on standards in the tanker sector. We welcome this recognition of the TOTS concept and of all the hard work that has brought it about.”  




Capt Howard Snaith

Marine Director, INTERTANKO

+44 20 7977 7015




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