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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), in conjunction with the International Association of Ports and Harbours, (IAPH) have published an updated edition of the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT).

The text, which is said to have become the definitive reference guide for the safe operation of oil tankers and the marine terminals they visit has been updated and enhanced to reflect current best practices and legislation and has been modernised to ensure ease-of-use by personnel on board and ashore.  

The Sixth Edition of ISGOTT encompasses the latest thinking on a range of issues including enclosed space entry, gas detection, toxicity and toxic effects of petroleum products (including benzene and hydrogen sulphide), the generation of static electricity and stray currents, fire protection and the growing use of mobile electronic technology.

Rob Drysdale, Director, OCIMF, said: “ISGOTT has become a vital tool for ensuring the safe operation of oil tankers and marine terminals, and use of the guidance has, I have no doubt, positively enhanced the safety of the marine industry. To build on this, we have joined with partners and multidisciplinary subject matter experts in what has been a collective effort to thoroughly review, enhance and refresh the guidance for the benefit of the entire industry.”

Chris Oliver, Nautical Director, ICS, said: “Alongside compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s regulations and codes, publications such as ISGOTT provide an invaluable resource for our industry in sharing and supporting best practice. In updating ISGOTT, the opportunity was taken to include new topics and to significantly reappraise topics previously covered that have undergone a shift in emphasis since the last edition.”

The Ship/Shore Safety and Bunkering Operations Checklists contained within the publication have been released to download free-of-charge, enabling responsibilities for tankers and terminals to be communicated before arrival and when alongside.

Support for the new revision of ISGOTT has been provided by other industry associations including Intertanko), SGMF, the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) and other industry specialists. In the sixth edition, emphasis has been placed on the impact of human factors in tanker and terminal operations.

Other key areas which have been updated include alternative and emerging technologies and bunkering operations, including the use of alternative fuels such as LNG. Information covering maritime security and linkage to both the ISPS Code and industry’s maritime security Best Management Practices is also included.

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