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​​Marine Quality Assurance System (​SERDAL)​

The following information is for vessels nominated to lift Regulated and Non-Regulated Products at Qatar Petroleum Ports and Qatari Offshore Terminals(“QPP & QOT”) exclusively.  

QP operates a ship quality assurance system to screen all tankers intending to call at QP controlled ports and terminals. All tankers over 500 gross tons must be screened each and every time it is nominated through the commercial chain of the corresponding producer and in accordance with the requirements of the regulations of the respective port.

Each vessel be owned by or demise chartered to a member of the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Ltd. (ITOPF).

Ship Screening Criteria


As and when a vessel is nominated to QP and/or other Qatar producing entities, the vessel will require screening. Acceptance or rejection will be determined immediately upon such screening. In addition, QP reviews inspection reports on a fleet wide basis as part of its analysis of the performance of the vessel operators’ safety management system. Poor fleet performance is a factor that is taken into consideration during each screening. QP supports the requirement of international conventions such as SOLAS, MARPOL, ISM, and STCW, as well as the guidelines set forth by OCIMF, ISGOTT, SIGTTO, IMO and ICS.

As a minimum, QP screens tankers according to the following criteria:​


Ship Inspection Report Program (“SIRE”) and Chemical Distribution Institute (“CDI”) Reports


As an integral part of the vessel vetting process, QP requires that all tankers and gas carriers have a SIRE or CDI inspection report no more than 6 months old. The preference is that the inspection was undertaken during Discharge operations and whilst under the current operator.In the event there is a change in the technical management of a vessel, i.e. a change of operator, then the vessel is required to be re-inspected during discharge operations for the purpose of providing an insight to the vessel under the new vessel managers safety management system.


Tanker Management and Self-Assessment (TMSA)


OCIMF’s TMSA is built upon the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and is used as a tool to assist operators assess, measure and improve their safety management systems against key performance indicators as listed by OCIMF and each of those indicators carry with it as best practice guidance. As and when QP is selected by an operator as a recipient in OCIMF, QP would be able to review the operator’s TMSA details. In order for a vessel to be considered for a business involving QP or another Qatar producing entity, the operator must have submitted a TMSA (expressly stating the date of creation with a validity of no more than twelve (12) months) and achieved Stage 1 compliance in respect to every element (twelve (12) in total) as detailed in TMSA. Further updated TMSA should be submitted to OCIMF whenever changes to the operator’s safety management system impact the attainment of TMSA.

Operator Rating


Vessel operators are designated a quality category based on, amongst other things, operational and safety performance of their fleet, reliability of the vessels and evaluation of the management systems including data extracted from their TMSA report. The information on the management systems may be verified during an audit at the operator’s office.

Port State Inspection, Casualty and Incident Report


Information received on Port State Inspection, Casualty and Incidents are used by  QP as part of the screening process. A vessel involved in an incident may be excluded from service until an acceptable report detailing the cause, corrective and preventative actions taken is provided to  QP.


Structural Assurance


The conditions set out below apply to oil, chemical, LPG carriers and LNG carriers:

Oil, chemical and LPG tankers greater than 16,500 deadweight tonnage (dwt) must, as a minimum, hold a Condition Assessment  Program (CAP) 2 rating.  This is required when the vessel reaches fifteen (15) years of age, or by the end of the 3rd special survey, whichever is earlier.

LNG vessels must, as a minimum, hold a CAP 2 rating. This is required when the vessel reaches twenty (20) years of age, or by the end of the 4th  special survey, whichever is earlier.

The CAP rating shall be issued by a member of the International Association of Classification and must include fatigue analysis. The maximum period of validity of a CAP rating is three (3) years taken from the date of the last CAP survey.

Drug and Alcohol (“D&A”) Policy


Tanker operators are required to have a D&A policy that meets or exceeds the standards set forth in the ICS/OCIMF publication “Guidelines for the Control of Drugs and Alcohol Onboard Ships”, as amended from time to time. QP will usually consider a positive answer to the D&A question of a valid SIRE/CDI report as a confirmation that the vessel meets the D&A policy requirement.

Tanker Performance Report (“TPR”)


The screening process provides a comprehensive risk assessment of tanker quality prior to port entry.

QP receives performance reports from QP controlled ports and terminals on navigation, moorings, cargo handling, pollution prevention, safety management, crew proficiency, and general vessel appearance. Any TPR rated as “unacceptable” will result in the vessel being placed on hold until the deficiency is closed out to the satisfaction of the respective port and/or terminal.​


THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ABOVE IS FOR REFERENTIAL PURPOSES ONLY AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

All email communication should be directed to our team e-mail address below. This will ensure that all correspondence is managed timely and effectively.

Contact Information:

Qatar Petroleum
Doha, State of Qatar
Email: Serdalteam@qp.com.qa