This guide is produced to provide answers to questions associated with the required knowledge of tanker operators and their Masters/Officers for STS Operations.
It is almost five years since the ratification of MARPOL Annex I Chapter 8. It was introduced by the IMO to assist in the prevention oil pollution during ship-to-ship (STS) operations. The legislation has inevitably resulted in greater requirements being imposed and made Ship-to-Ship (STS) Operations more complicated for tanker operators. For example, the need for STS Plan is an additional requirement to an area that is already well governed by OCIMF rules and regulations.
MARPOL Annex I Chapter 8 requires the integration of the the STS plan with the Shipowner's Safety Management System (SMS) and thus will be opened to scrutiny in the event of an incident and subsequent legal actions.
A tanker operator STS responsibility is not only defined by the existence of an STS plan, they have to take a justified approach that takes into account commercial and safety considerations.
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