by MET Staff
| Wednesday, June 18, 2014 |
hundreds of standards and protocols to which oil tanker operators and crew are
required to adhere in order to stay compliant with state, federal and
international guidelines. Some of the most common and important safety
standards pertain to onboard smoking, the use of electrical appliances and
Take a look at the oil tanker safety measures below to ensure a safe working
atmosphere aboard an oil tanker.
Tanker Safety Measures for Smoking Aboard Oil Tankers
minimizing fire hazards is a top priority on oil tankers, it’s important to
ensure the crew strictly adheres to smoking regulations. Here are a few tips for ensuring your vessel operation meets safety
- Only permit smoking
in authorized, designated smoking areas.
- Post smoking-area
signage in the Officer Smoking Room, Crew Smoking Room and Cargo Control
- Supply each smoking
area with safety matches or fixed electrical lighters, as well as
self-extinguishing ash trays.
- Install a gas
detection system and alarm in each of the smoking areas.
- Instruct crew to
report any smoking violations to the Master.
- Do not permit any
matches or lighters outside of the smoking areas.
- Completely ban
smoking – even in authorized areas – during dangerous, gas-related
Electrical Appliances on a Tanker
hazard that electrical appliances pose requires strict prohibition on oil
tankers. One electrical malfunction on a crew member’s or visitor’s device
could cause a deadly chain reaction.
First, note that all hand-held portable transceivers must be the intrinsically safe
type. In fact, unless the equipment or tool was designed with intrinsic safety
methods, its use is strictly prohibited on cargo tank decks and any areas where
flammable gas is present. Prohibited
equipment in high-risk areas includes:
- cell phones; and
- tape recorders.
regular safety debriefings and safety checks to ensure all crew are compliant
with the rules for using electrical appliances and devices. Ensure they
understand that other than cameras, entertainment systems or electric razors,
they are not permitted to use electrical appliances in their cabins.
Safety: Another Important Oil Tanker Safety Measure
procedures for facilitating visitors aboard oil tankers is vital to ensuring
the safety of the vessel. Make sure that visitors are handled in accordance
with your Ship Security Plan.
Here are a few tips to ensure guests’
visits to the tanker go off without a hitch:
- Check visitors'
photo IDs to ensure they’re authorized to board.
- Explain the basic
safety rules to visitors while aboard the vessel, including the rules
regarding smoking and the use of electrical equipment.
- Announce and
enforce the rule that visitors are to be escorted by vessel personnel at
Standard Logging Requirements
your crew carries out all safety protocols, adhere to the U.S. Coast Guard's logging
requirements. To determine what logging requirements pertain to your specific
type of vessel, download My Vessel Logs' FREE Logbook Quick