What are precautions when going alongside to load a tanker?

  1. Stability aspect-
    • Details of cargo.
    • Disposition of cargo.
    • GM, stresses, drafts.
    • Ballasting of tanks- FSE.
    • Bunker distribution.
    • Draft restrictions or special requirements in next port.
  2. Ships main transmitting aerials off.
  3. Electric cables or portable equipment disconnected.
  4. Switch of radars when vessel comes alongside- 10cm radar could induce electrical potential into into nearby conductors at berth.
  5. Proper lighting at berth.
  6. Are sea and overboard discharge v/v sealed and closed.
  7. All accommodation external doors, port holes etc to be closed.
  8. Air-condition on re-circulation.
  9. Start pump room ventilation at least 15 minutes before arrival.
  10. Ship shore bonding.
  11. Proper means of access available between ship and shore.
  12. Compliance of terminal safety and pollution regulations.
  13. Placards-
    • No unauthorised personnel.
    • No smoking signs.
    • No naked lights.
    • Emergency escape routes clearly shown.
  14. Emergency towing wire forward and aft.
  15. Fire-fighting equipment-
    • Fire hoses connected to ships fire main one forward and one aft of the manifold and pressurised.
    • Ensure that ship and shore international shore connection available for use at all times.
    • Emergency fire pump standby at all times and ready for immediate use.
    • In cold weather the freezing of water should be avoided by bleeding of water over-side or by crack opening the drain valve.
    • Terminal fire fighting equipment ready at all times.
    • Foam monitors directed towards the manifold.
    • Portable fire extinguishers preferably of DCP.
  16. Oil spill equipment available as per SOPEP manual.
  17. Proper communication available-
    1. Between shore tanks, manifold and CCR.
    2. Emergency contact numbers available.
  18. V/l at all times ready to move under power.
  19. Documentation-
    • Ships particulars.
    • Statement of facts.
    • Empty tank certificates.
    • Draft and trim.
    • Maximum draft and trim expected.
    • Quantity of cargo to be loaded or discharged.
    • Nature of cargo (if discharging).
    • Distribution of cargo on board (if discharging).
    • If vessel has inert gas system and slop tank disposal system. Confirmation on the fact that the vessel is inerted.
    • O2 content of tanks.
  20. Discharge and loading plan agreed upon.
  21. Obtain ship shore safety checklist.