Overview of major issues
Oil and chemical cargoes have different properties and characteristics that have safety implications for the crew and the tanker. It is important that all INTERTANKO members are fully aware of the properties and characteristics of the cargo they are carrying on board their tankers. INTERTANKO can provide Members, when requested, with the necessary properties and characteristics of oil/chemical cargoes to safely carry them on board their tankers.
Safe tank entry
Ship’s crew, repair crew and inspectors need to enter cargo tanks for a variety of reasons. It is absolutely essential that before they enter any cargo tank that tank is made safe for their entry. Requirements and guidelines for the safe entry of personnel into cargo tanks have been developed by IMO. INTERTANKO provided input on and monitors the developments of these requirements and guidelines and then provides advice and guidance to members to ensure they are fully aware of the latest requirements on safe tank entry and the related training of the crew.
Oil and chemical cargoes produce gases that accumulate within the ullage of the tank. Many of these gases can be dangerous to the crew and the tanker. It is crucial for the crew to be able to determine the gas levels in the cargo tanks to ensure they are maintained at safe levels. Requirements and guidelines for gas detection have been developed by IMO. INTERTANKO provided input on and monitors the developments of these requirements and guidelines and then provides advice and guidance to members to ensure they are fully aware of the latest requirements on gas detection and the related training of the crew
Inert gas systems
Chapter II-2 of SOLAS and the Fire Safety Systems Code contains extensive requirements for the design, installation and operation of inert gas systems to prevent explosions and fires in cargo tanks. In addition, IMO has adopted and continues to develop numerous guidelines to supplement these requirements. It is necessary for INTERTANKO to actively engage at IMO to ensure that the requirements for inert gas systems are practical, not overly burdensome and equitable to the various tanker types. INTERTANKO also advises members on the inert gas requirements that are developed to ensure they are installed and operated safely on board members’ tankers.
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