We constellation Marine often carry’s out the pre-vetting SIRE inspection preparation (ship inspection report programmed) for our clients. Sire output and credentials plays a Very important role for tankers and chemical tanker’s when getting approved by several oil majors. Let’s have some brief idea about it and key elements for same.
Process used by oil & chemical companies to assess acceptability of 3rd party vessels to carry their cargoes and/or call at their terminals.
The SIRE inspections are based on industry best practices developed by the industry itself. Of course, each oil major might have their own specific requirements for clearing vessels.
The basic operating principles of SIRE:
How reports are accessed by recipients
What the delivered reports look like
Using the VIQs for SIRE self-inspections
Reporting defects and corrective actions – The defect management system
SIRE inspections – key issues:
Conduct of the inspection
The SIRE report editor – The inspector’s reporting tool
Other comments, additional comments
The new officer qualification matrix
Getting ready and staying ready for inspection
Oil Record Book
Analysis of parts I and II of an oil record book. How to review the excerpts and record where the entries may reveal problems or irregularities.
The inspection preparation:
Below mentioned sectors requires high attention and if we maintain same all the time then vessel is ready for inspection at given point of time.
Remember first impressions is the last impression.
Gangway boarding and safety briefing
The opening meeting
Important certificates and documentation
Hours of rest records
Wheelhouse and navigation
Maindeck, and foc’s’le
Oil spill protection
Cargo and crude oil washing piping
Fire lines and other piping
Manifold area, gangways
IG distribution system
Deck water seal, non-return valve
PV breaker, IG branch piping
Cargo tank venting and secondary venting systems
Assessment of tank condition
Ballast water sampling
Cargo operations and cargo control room, engine room
Engine control room
The walk round, oily water separator
Accommodation – internal
De-briefing with the master
Dealing with SIRE inspectors
Dealing with inspection reports
How it is and how it can be done
The Inspection Process:
The Vetting inspection is simply an inspection ie. a “snap shot in time”.
For vetting purposes doesn’t declare that vessel has passed or failed an inspection, but the inspection forms part of overall screening process.
Vetting inspection preparation may be under taken by:
i. Individual oil/chemical companies or terminals
ii. Accredited SIRE inspectors under the SIRE system
iii. Accredited CDI inspectors under the CDI system
As per Intertanko:” The SIRE system is a very large database of up- to-date information about tankers and barges. Essentially, SIRE has focused tanker industry awareness on the importance of meeting satisfactory tanker quality and ship safety standards. Since its introduction, the SIRE Programme has received industry-wide acceptance and participation by both OCIMF Members, Programme recipients and by ship Operators. The expansion of Barges and small vessels into SIRE was inaugurated in late 2004.”
In many cases, an “acceptable SIRE result” is often less of a measure of risk and more of a raw count of the number of observations contained in one or more SIRE reports. Two observations in
Chapters 4 (Navigation),
5 (Safety) or
6 (Pollution Prevention) are likely to result in rejection, regardless of the nature of those observations.
SIRE is the “Higher Authority”
- The ship’s owner/operator doesn’t have to follow the SIRE requirements. But the oil companies don’t have to hire the ship either.In other words, OCIMF, through the SIRE program. has made safety an economic priority.
Hence last but not the least sire inspection has increased the safety level and bound to follow the safety awareness culture in industry. It has reduced the number of incident drastically caused due to human error and equipment failure.
Blog Written by Capt. Manish Kumar- Master Mariner
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