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New Developments, Quality Standards and Best Practices
on Ship-to-Ship Operations.
The Tanker Operators' Perspective.

In the International Forum of STS 2018 @ Athens we plan to support and discuss initiatives and best practices on international developments on Ship to Ship. Following the success of IFSTS 2016 @London sponsored by Tsakos Group and hot discussion with arguments at IFSTS 2017 @London sponsored by TMS Tankers, it has been decided to host the next event at Athens, Aegli Zappiou, a venue close to Piraeus maritime hub. The event will address, presents and support topics on Ship to Ship transfers, for tanker operators, flag administrations & port authorities, STS Service Providers, P&I clubs, charterers, Oil Majors and traders.


It is considered that 2018 will be a year of changes and planning globally as far as the Ship to Ship transfer operations are concerned. The need for refined products for developing countries through an efficient downstream distribution, establishes STS operations as one of the most efficient techniques amongst oil majors, traders and local receivers. Ship to Ship operations is a global mean of fuel and gas transportation and the need of preserving high safety standards is apparently not only a focus, but also a priority for tanker operators who bare the liability.

New global developments create the need for the establishment of new uncharted STS locations and need for local infrastructure. This forum will present the current industry’s status on location assessment and new requirements for STS location approval by Tanker Operators. The quality standards on STS service providers, best practices and lessons learned from stakeholders, including tanker operators will be presented. Emphasis on measures that ensure healthy and sustainable competition that may improve safety standards of the STS service providers will be discussed. Case studies and best practices from Mooring Masters and the perspective from Oil Majors/ Charterers/ Traders will be also in the agenda. Finally, manufacturers of STS equipment will present new developments and maintenance standards.


7th March 2018
09:15 - 10:00 Registration and Breakfast Reception
10:00 - 10:45 Welcome Speeches
Session 1 Statutory Framework and Commercial Requirements
10:45 - 12:00 Topics:

- Special regulations from Authorities
- Charterers and Oil Majors vetting or relevant requirements
- Legal topics
12:00 - 12:20 Coffee Break
Session 2 STS Locations and Local Infrastructure resources
12:20 - 13:35 Topics:

STS locations - Approvals and Risk Assessment
13:35 - 14:35 Lunch Break
Session 3 STS Equipment
14:35 - 15:50 Topics:

Technical Aspects, selection and maintenance of STS equipment

- Fenders and Hoses
- Mooring patterns and mooring equipment
- Personnel Transfer
- Other
15:50 - 16:10 Coffee Break
Session 4 Case Studies
16:10 – 16:50
Case Studies,
Lessons Learned,
Best Practices
16:50 - 17:10 Conclusion / Discussion on the Case Studies
17:10 – 17:20 Closure from Chairman
17:20 – 18:00 Reception



forum - 7 March 2018

Aegli Zappiou - Garden of Zappio

Vasilisis Olgas Avenue, 105 57, Athens

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Notice: Special code for reservation is IFSTS2018