OCIMF Unveils Digital Upgrade For Tanker Inspections

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  • The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) is revolutionizing tanker safety inspections with the launch of SIRE 2.0, a digital upgrade to their inspection program.
  • This new program signifies a significant shift in how tanker safety is assessed, moving from traditional paper-based methods to a more comprehensive, real-time digital approach.
  • SIRE 2.0 aims to provide a more thorough evaluation of a vessel’s condition and crew competency by incorporating a focus on human factors and risk identification.
  • This will allow inspectors to not only identify potential problems but also understand the root causes behind them.

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) is revolutionizing tanker safety inspections with the launch of SIRE 2.0, a digital upgrade to their inspection program. This new program signifies a significant shift in how tanker safety is assessed, moving from traditional paper-based methods to a more comprehensive, real-time digital approach. SIRE 2.0 aims to provide a more thorough evaluation of a vessel’s condition and crew competency by incorporating a focus on human factors and risk identification. This will allow inspectors to not only identify potential problems but also understand the root causes behind them.

Phased Implementation for Smooth Transition

Recognizing the significant changes brought about by SIRE 2.0, OCIMF implemented a strategic rollout plan throughout 2023. This phased approach ensured a smooth industry transition by allowing for:

  • Comprehensive testing: The program underwent rigorous testing in Phases 1 and 2 to identify and address any potential issues.
  • Industry familiarization: Participants had ample opportunity to become acquainted with the new tools, processes, and procedures involved in SIRE 2.0.
  • Valuable feedback: OCIMF actively solicited feedback from vessel operators, crew, inspectors, and other stakeholders to refine the program before full implementation.

With the successful completion of Phases 1 and 2 in 2023, Phase 3 commenced in 2024, enabling industry-wide beta testing to gather further insights before full program adoption.

SIRE 2.0: A More Holistic Approach to Tanker Safety

SIRE 2.0 represents a major change for everyone involved in transporting oil, gas, and petrochemicals by sea. It moves beyond traditional inspections to provide a more holistic and ongoing assessment of a vessel’s safety. Here’s a closer look at some key improvements:

  • Digital Questionnaires: Paper questionnaires are replaced with digital versions for real-time inspections conducted on tablets. This ensures efficient data collection and reduces the risk of errors.
  • Bespoke Inspections: Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all inspections. SIRE 2.0 tailors inspections to each vessel by drawing questions from a vast library based on a vessel’s specific risk profile and particulars. This ensures a more focused and relevant evaluation.
  • Focus on Human Factors: SIRE 2.0 acknowledges that human behavior plays a crucial role in safe operations. Inspectors will not only assess technical aspects but also consider:
    • Task design: How well-designed are the tasks crew members perform?
    • Working conditions: Are there any factors in the work environment that could hinder safe operations?
    • Crew preparedness: Does the crew have the necessary training and resources to carry out their duties effectively?

By incorporating these elements, SIRE 2.0 aims to provide a more comprehensive picture of a tanker’s safety posture and identify areas for improvement.

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Source: OCIMF