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Safety precaution during oil handling operations for oil tankers

Bunkering Operation

The Shore Facility’s permission must be obtained prior to carrying out bunkering during cargo oil transfer operations.

Preparation of Main Engine

The main engine must always be ready for immediate use in case of an emergency during cargo oil transfer operations.

Carrying oil cargo

Measures during Extreme Weather

The criteria for stopping of cargo operations and dis-connection should be agreed and listed out in the “Ship / Shore Safety Checklist” as to be within the standards as mentioned in the terminal hand book. When the vessel is moored alongside a pier or a buoy, and extreme weather with a wind velocity exceeding 40 knots, adverse currents or the like, the Master should consider shifting the vessel into safe waters. Such should be carried out well in advance, after consultation with the terminal.



If natural catastrophes like hurricanes, tsunami (tidal wave) or earthquakes are predicted, the Master should consider leaving the port to seek shelter in safe waters.

If it is not safe to leave the port, additional mooring ropes must be paid out to ensure that the vessel is always moored safe at the berth.

Master shall consult terminal in all such conditions & terminal standards to be followed.

Restrictions on Use of Fire, smoking, and other General Precautions to the Crew

All personnel must comply with the procedures in accordance with the general precautions onboard Tanker .

All crew onboard shall sign the written ”seafarers oath” confirming having read and fully understanding the “General Precautions Onboard oil Tanker”

Related Procedures:

“Procedures for Management of Safety and Health Onboard”
“Procedures for Entry into Enclosed Spaces”
”Procedures for Hot Work”




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