Terminal Vetting (TVD)
The TVD has been designed to take information about terminal and berth conditions at tanker ports around the world and make the data available to INTERTANKO’s Members and Associate Members in a compact one page format, via a web-based database that is available to ship masters as well as shore offices. The system does not put an approved or non-approved stamp on individual terminals. It is a simple fact-finding and fact-sharing exercise that will benefit operational safety and environmental protection at the critical phase of the ship/shore interface and will also promote continuous improvement.
Oil companies exercise due diligence in selecting well-maintained and well-managed vessels for charter. The TVD helps INTERTANKO Members exercise due diligence with regard 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
INTERTANKO’s TVD 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.
The TVD is not a commercial enterprise - it is supplied at no charge to the Association’s Members and Associate Members as a direct INTERTANKO service with the primary purpose of enhancing safety. It is monitored by a Working Group of the INTERTANKO Vetting Committee.
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