Checklist for loading on tankers

  1. Complete and sign the ship/shore checklist.
  2. Establish an agreed communication network.
  3. Agree the loading plan by both parties and confirm in writing.
  4. Loading and topping off rates agreed.
  5. Emergency stop procedures and signals agreed.
  6. All effected tanks, lines, hoses inspected prior to commencing operations.
  7. Overboard valves sealed.
  8. All tanks and lines fully inerted.
  9. Inert gas (IG) system shut down.
  10. Pump room isolated and shut down.
  11. Ships lines set for loading.
  12. Off side manifolds shut and blanked off.
  13. All fire fighting and Ships Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) equipment in place.
  14. First set of tanks and manifold valves open.
  15. Commence loading at a slow rate.
  16. Check and monitor the first tanks to ensure cargo is being received.
  17. Check all around the vessel and overside for leaks.
  18. Once oil in tank confirm, ask to Increase loading rate to full.
  19. Check ullages at regular intervals  as per loading plan and compare loading figure with shore.
  20. Reduce loading rate when topping off final tank.
  21. Order stop in ample time to achieve the planned ullage/line draining.
  22. When the cargo flow has completely stopped close all valves.
  1. Loading procedures varies as per company policy .
  2. Cargo Officers must comply with company policy and should refer ISGOTT  prior to loading cargo.


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