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Vessels’ Practical Guide To Vetting

Year: 2018
Language: english
Author: Intertanko
Genre: Handbook
Publisher: Witherby Seamanship lnternational
Edition: 2
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 205
Description: The purpose of this guide is to assist a vessel’s staff to prepare both themselves and the vessel for a ship inspection.
The importance of consistently successful ship inspections cannot be understated, without these vessels will have extreme difficulties to trade.
Good and thorough preparations will not only show an Inspector the competency and professionalism of the crew, but also how well the vessel is managed.
This publication follows each chapter of the latest version of the SIRE Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ) and provides guidance on the responsibilities for each question in the VIQ. Each ship owner, ship management company/operator or technical manager, referred to from here on in this Guide as “the company” should, under their own Safety Management System (SMS), have their own allocations of such responsibilities on board.
Those on board at the forefront of the inspection will usually be the Master, Chief Officer, Chief and 2nd Engineers, referred to from here on as “Senior Officers”. It should be recognised that underperformance from any member of the crew could and, most often does, result in negative comments and such comments could result in the vessel potentially failing a vetting process.
The latest edition of the VIQ has introduced many “competence” questions whereby the Inspector will verify awareness and familiarity of any Officer and crew member on their knowledge and understanding of many vessel operations and procedures. It is thus recommended each VIQ Inspector guidance note is read thoroughly by the appropriate Officer or crew member to ensure full understanding of the requirements of each VIQ question.
Knowledge of the contents of legislation, documents and publications often identified in the guidance notes must be read in conjunction with the notes.
So, with this in mind all personnel on board have an important role to play during an inspection and to ensure that all perform their duties as part of a well-drilled ship-board team.
It is strongly recommended that all Senior Officers should make themselves familiar with Section 4, “Conduct of Inspections” of the OCIMF-SIRE VIQ. These contain the requirements that the Inspector must follow and in the event that the Inspector does not follow these guidelines/requirements then this should be discussed with the Inspector during the closing meeting. It does not serve any purpose to avoid such discussions with the Inspector and then complain to the company after the Inspector has left the vessel. Any valid comments or complaints against the Inspector must be brought to their attention in a professional manner so that the Inspector is aware that comments and/or complaints about his/her performance will be submitted.
There are many VIQ questions we consider “Competence” questions whereby inspectors are asking Officers and crew to demonstrate their knowledge of various procedures, operations and use of equipment etc. We believe this can lead to misinterpretation by vessels’ staff and Inspectors and we will try to clarify this overleaf.
The terms “Officers”, “Deck Officers”, “Cargo Watch Officers”, personnel etc. as examples are used.
To avoid overcomplication and give clarity to these questions, such questions are directed to those Officers/ personnel with direct responsibility or involved in the operation/process being examined. As an example – a cargo operation which in general involves all Deck Officers, and at times on certain vessels an Engineering Officer or Gas Engineer, all of these Officers involved should be expected to be questioned and thus have knowledge of the VIQ question being asked.


Chapter 1. General Information
Chapter 2. Certification and Documentation
Chapter 3. Crew Management
Chapter 4. Navigation and Communications
Chapter 5. Safety Management
Chapter 6. Pollution Prevention
Chapter 7. Maritime Security
Chapter 8. Cargo and Ballast Systems – Petroleum
Chapter 8. Cargo and Ballast Systems – Chemical
Chapter 8. Cargo and Ballast Systems – LPG
Chapter 8. Cargo and Ballast Systems – LNG
Chapter 9. Mooring
Chapter 10. Engine and Steering Compartments
Chapter 11. General Appearance and Condition
Chapter 12. Ice Operations
Inspection Close-out Meeting
INTERTANKO Vetting Inspection Feedback Form


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