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INTERTANKO produces a wide range of guidelines and commentaries on issues related to technical, marine, operations, environmental, commercial and charterparty issues. Many of these guidelines are an essential complement to government and operational regulations. 

INTERTANKO is a forum where the industry meets, policies are discussed and best practice developed. It is a valuable source of first-hand information, opinions and guidance. INTERTANKO stands for safe transport, cleaner seas and free competition.

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INTERTANKO Guidance Manual for Maintenance of Tanker Structures

INTERTANKO Guidance Manual for Maintenance of Tanker Structures

This publication outlines key considerations for tanker inspections, from preparation and execution to result analysis. It also explains the causes, types and control of tanker corrosion. Guidance is informed by, though does not fully meet, requirements of the ISM Code. The manual offers methods by which a systematic maintenance programme can be established for tanker structures.
INTERTANKO Guiding Principles to Emergency Management and Crisis Communications

INTERTANKO Guiding Principles to Emergency Management and Crisis Communications

These guiding principles have been produced to help the international shipping industry achieve its safety objectives. The book is supported by a case study, for training purposes, on the Sea Empress incident. This incident illustrates the value of effective incident management and media response plans.
INTERTANKO Guide for a Tanker Energy Efficiency Management Plan

INTERTANKO Guide for a Tanker Energy Efficiency Management Plan


This Guide has been developed based on INTERTANKO’s Best Practice on Tanker Emissions and Energy Efficiency (INTERTANKO Best Practice) and outlines measures that may be implemented on board to improve energy efficiency within a tanker fleet.

It is a practical tool, providing a basis for tanker operators to implement a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan, as recommended by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in its circular – MEPC.1/Circ.683. The Guide also provides a template for developing a Company Energy Efficiency Management Plan.

INTERTANKO A Guide for Correct Entries in the Oil Record Book (Part II - Cargo/Ballast Operations)

INTERTANKO A Guide for Correct Entries in the Oil Record Book (Part II - Cargo/B ...


This guide complements the INTERTANKO publication A Guide for Correct Entries in the Oil Record Book (Part I – Machinery space operations).

It provides simple and clear advice and guidance for making entries in the ORB Part II with the aim of:

- Ensuring compliance with the relevant MARPOL Annex I requirements

- Facilitating and simplifying the onboard work of the responsible officers and the Master

- Ensuring uniform and consistent ORB Part II recordkeeping that is aligned with and compatible with other shipboard logbooks and records.

It is structured in a user-friendly manner and can also be used both as an onboard guide and as a training tool for seafarers and shore-based personnel, including ship operators, surveyors and inspectors. It has also been designed to facilitate integration in the document management system of any individual Member of INTERTANKO.

INTERTANKO Safety Management Initiatives in Shipping

INTERTANKO Safety Management Initiatives in Shipping


The ISM Code sets out the requirement for shipping companies to have in place a safety management system, but does not stipulate the method for achieving satisfactory safety performance. INTERTANKO’s Human Element in Shipping Committee, which is responsible for promoting and disseminating best practice in the management of people and safety in the tanker industry, compiled this publication to assist companies improve safety performance and meet the regulatory requirements.

It defines the terminology and concepts of safety management in the maritime industry, focusing on terms and concepts often used and confused, and reviews a range of tools and techniques for evaluating safety performance. It also explains the fundamental components of the most common safety management initiatives implemented in the maritime industry and evaluates their effectiveness and limitations.

INTERTANKO Guide to Terminal Conditions of Use

INTERTANKO Guide to Terminal Conditions of Use


As a pre-condition of being permitted to berth and load and/or discharge at a terminal, Masters are often required to sign a Condition of Use (COU) document. Often these documents are biased against shipowners and contain terms that exonerate the terminal from any liability regarding potential vessel damage.

INTERTANKO have produced these guidelines to raise awareness of the issues around COUs and to help owners/operators and Masters produce fair and balanced contractual terms in order to promote a safety culture in port. The guide begins by outlining contractual issues and liability and insurance cover, before going on to discuss practical considerations and charterparty issues.

Behavioural Competency Assessment and Verification for Vessel Operators

Behavioural Competency Assessment and Verification for Vessel Operators


Conducting operations safely and without incidents relies on human competency, which comprises both technical skills (hard skills) and non-technical skills (soft skills). The industry's main focus until now has been on developing and assessing technical skills, with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention) being the main international convention addressing the competencies of seafarers. Any officer who holds a certificate of competency issued by a proper authority that meets STCW Convention requirements is qualified to serve in that rank. Since 2010, the STCW Convention also refers to soft skill competencies such as leadership and managerial skills, decision making, teamwork and communication. The tanker industry recognises that more focus should be placed on soft skills. Personnel behaviour and attitude are key elements of a positive safety culture that promote a safe work environment and helps reduce incidents. This document serves as a best practice guide for assessing officers' soft skills by monitoring their behaviours. The aim of this document is to: - Highlight the importance of the soft skills dimensions of competency in performing operations safely and incident-free. - Describe the variety of soft skills and their associated behaviours - Identify behaviours to be adopted and those to be avoided. - Explain the value of having a variety of soft skills and behaviours in a team, which when harmonised can improve performance. In addition, it provides a simple and flexible tool for the assessment of soft skill competency along with the assessment of technical skills during routine vessel operations. This best practice guide provides guidance on why, how, when, where and by whom this assessment can be done. The system can be adopted by all companies and incorporated into their existing assessment or appraisal systems. If properly adopted, it can also be used to assist in promotion and recruitment processes. The overall aim is to develop and improve officers' technical and soft skills for the benefit of each individual and the onboard team. The soft skills assessment should be seen as an opportunity to improve everyone's behaviour. The associated assessment is part of a continuous improvement process rather than another exam that officers need to pass. In this way, it differs from technical competency systems such as those in the STCW Convention. Companies would benefit from involving their assessors in implementing this system, which may include marine and technical superintendents, as well as training assessors on behavioural competencies and assessment follow-up. This in return will bring onshore personnel and seafarers closer and will help to improve a safety culture. Through the full implementation of this system, companies will increase operational efficiency and reduce the number of incidents. This system represents something new and aims to achieve a step change in safety management at sea. Therefore, the role of the assessor is important and specialised training is recommended. This best practice guide has been developed by a joint OCIMF and INTERTANKO initiative.

INTERTANKO Vessels' Practical Guide to Vetting

INTERTANKO Vessels' Practical Guide to Vetting


Vessels' Practical Guide to Vetting (formerly Seafarers' Guide to Vetting Inspections) is the result of an INTERTANKO Vetting Committee initiative and has been written for all officers and crew on board to enable them to better understand the content and requirements of the SIRE Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ). The guide concentrates on each chapter of the VIQ individually and provides details of the responsibilities for each question.

Vessels' Practical Guide to Vetting should be used in conjunction with the latest edition of the OCIMF-SIRE VIQ.

INTERTANKO Guide to LNG Chartering

INTERTANKO Guide to LNG Chartering


This Guide has been developed to provide readers with an overview of the commercial and legal aspects of the carriage of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by sea. Vessel inspections and LNG STS operations are covered in the context of relevant contractual clauses. The book assumes an understanding of oil tanker principles and charterparty terms, but lays out the intricacies of gas chartering to those seeking a deeper understanding of the subject.

This Guide provides practical assistance to commercial teams in the growing LNG shipping markets, at a time when the LNG industry is moving substantially away from its traditional structures and contract matrices. The book deals only with international seaborne carriage of LNG on large vessels. It does not cover small scale LNG or coastal/cabotage movement, nor does it cover floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) or floating LNG production (FLNG) contracts. It is appended with charterparty clauses from ShellLNGTime 1, ShellLNGTime 2 and LNGVOY.

INTERTANKO A Guide for Correct Entries in the Oil Record Book (Part I - Machinery Space Operations)

INTERTANKO A Guide for Correct Entries in the Oil Record Book (Part I - Machinery ...


In line with IMO regulations, every oil tanker of 150 GT and above and every ship of 400 GT and above must provide and maintain an oil record book (ORB) on board.

This publication is a guide to completing entries within the ORB in a proper and consistent manner.

This fourth edition of Part I of the ORB retains the structure of the previous edition and contains:

- Instructions and interpretations on how to properly record all related operations in accordance with MARPOL 73/78, Annex I, Regulation 17

- A list of operations to be recorded

- Frequently found failures or mistakes

- Detailed examples for all related operations.

It will assist ship operators in defining the controls and activities necessary to ensure that:

- All operations referred to in regulation 17 of Annex I of MARPOL 73/78 consolidated edition 2017 as amended, are recorded in the ORB

- All records are in accordance with the format stipulated by Appendix III of Annex I of MARPOL 73/78 consolidated edition 2017 as amended

- The records in the ORB are compatible with the records in the other log books.

The Guide may also be used as a training tool for personnel ashore and on board.

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