- Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE) has helped to support continuous improvement in the safety of the marine industry.
- First launched in 1993 to provide a standardized ship inspection format, it has now gained industry-wide acceptance as a benchmark for vessel inspections.
- Today, SIRE inspections take place all over the world.
At the heart of the SIRE system is a large database of vessel inspection reports. These reports provide the information necessary to make informed risk assessment and vetting decisions ahead of engaging in a charter or issuing a terminal approval. Inspection reports are uploaded to the SIRE database where, for a nominal fee, they can be accessed by registered programme participants who charter tankers or operate terminals.
How Is It Changing?
For programme recipients – companies that use the reports to vet vessels prior to charter or engagement at terminals – the SIRE 2.0 inspection regime will significantly expand the depth and quality of marine assurance data gathered during vessel inspections and provided via the reports. This will allow for more comprehensive assessments of both the quality of a vessel and its crew. SIRE 2.0 inspections will be conducted in a digital format with inspectors completing a Compiled Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (CVIQ) in real-time using a tablet device.
To create the CVIQ, the SIRE 2.0 compiler software assesses the vessel type and other information provided by the vessel operator through the Harmonised Vessel Particulars Questionnaire (HVPQ) and the Pre-inspection Questionnaire (PIQ) and then selects questions from the question library based on risk ranking. SIRE 2.0 questions require responses from the inspector based on hardware, process and human factors as applicable, which can be graded and supported with documentary evidence, including the option to append photographs.
Once a report has been submitted, it will be verified by the company that initiated the inspection. Reports will be checked for accuracy, completeness and alignment with OCIMF requirements. It will then be submitted to the report database and sent to the vessel operator for comment before being published.
Importantly, because SIRE 2.0 inspections are ‘made-to-measure’ for each vessel and for each inspection (ie no two CVIQs will be the same but will be drawn from a library of potential questions), vessel operators and crew must be prepared to answer any question that is applicable to the vessel based on its type, outfitting and information provided by the vessel operator. In this respect there is no significant change from the current SIRE programme.
It is important to point out that this does not make these inspections a punitive process; in fact, quite the opposite. Under SIRE 2.0 there will be opportunities to demonstrate best practices and recognise excellence, as for the first time positive human observations that exceed expectations can be included in the reporting process.
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