Ship Quality Assurance System (SERDAL)
The responsibility for the safety of personnel and the environment is shared among all stakeholders in the Qatar energy Industry. There is also recognition to safeguard Qatari marine facilities from the physical, financial and reputational damage that marine casualties can cause.
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.
QP selected the independent vetting service provider RightShip to provide vetting services for dry bulk vessels. RightShip is a dry bulk vessel vetting specialist which uses a robust, reliable and responsive platform which is designed to further reduce maritime risk and improve efficiency.
RightShip uses Quality Index (Qi) which has the ability to instantaneously analyse, compare and integrate data such as port state control inspections, casualty history, satellite data and terminals feedback to identify anomalies and trends.
Each vessel be owned by or demise chartered to a member of the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Ltd. (“ITOPF”).
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.
This screening function is now also available to Qatari marketing entities, which are involved in worldwide trading, to support them in assessing their risks.
Ship Screening Criteria
As and when a vessel is nominated to QP and/or other Qatar producing entities, the vessel will require screening. Cleared or Not Cleared will be determined 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 screening process, QP requires that all tankers and gas carriers must have a SIRE or CDI inspection report conducted under the current operator and no more than 6 months old.
- For tankers, the inspection must be conducted during cargo discharge operations.
- For gas carriers, the inspections may be alternated between loading and discharge operations
In the event there is a change in technical management, i.e. change of operator, then irrespective of the type of vessel, the requirement is for the vessel to be re-inspected during discharge operations for the purpose of providing an insight to the vessel under the new 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.
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.
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
Vessel 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.