STATOIL - new question in VIQ on procedures and equipment to prevent funnel sparks - and new Vetting Manager

We have received the following information from STATOIL, who has asked us to share this with our members. STATOIL has requested SIRE to consider the inclusion of a new question in the SIRE Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ), in view of the fact that during the last few years three serious incidents have occurred in which vessels loading at their terminals have produced sparks from the funnel which have landed within the cargo block area. When subsequently undertaking ship inspections STATOIL has noticed that some companies do not have a procedure to deal with this event. As a consequence the inclusion of the following question has being requested:


Proposed New VIQ Question:


SUBJECT: 1. Procedures to avoid sparks from the funnel


"Has the company cleaning procedures (including soot blowing) for turbochargers, exhaust gas boiler/boiler and other relevant equipment in order to prevent sparks from the funnel (with special focus on in port). If the company does not have such a procedure then it should be an observation."


We therefore draw members' attention to this proposal and also the risks associated with such an event and the prudence of avoiding this and being prepared by having a suitable procedure in place.


New Vetting Manager


In addition, members are advised that Captain Ragnar Halverson will be retiring from STATOIL as Manager of the vetting section on 1 October 2007. He sends thanks and regards to you all for your cooperation. INTERTANKO remains grateful to Ragnar for all his assistance and cooperation over many years, as well as regular attendance at our many Vetting Seminars around the world. We wish him a long and happy retirement.


The new Vetting Manager for STATOIL will be Jarl Idar Knutsvik.


New Company Name

From the 1 October 2007 STATOIL will change its name to "StatoilHydro". 

Contact: Howard Snaith