onLineSTS gains three member tanker companies

May 25 2012


Three tanker companies have joined onlineSTS.net service sreening system. They are Navios Tankers Management, Athenian Sea Carriers and Mare Maritime.

Three tanker companies have joined onlineSTS.net service sreening system. They are Navios Tankers Management, Athenian Sea Carriers and Mare Maritime.

On 18th May, IF STS 2012, a forum on Ship to Ship transfer operations organised by DYNAMARINe and its service onlineSTS.net, took place at Piraeus.

Speakers presented topics associated with the following:

*STS service providers’ operational preparedness and changing of responsibilities after 1st April 2012, by Shipload Maritime and SafeSTS.

*Statutory compliance of shipowners and beyond by Lloyds Register of Shipping.

*P&I: Indemnities and other issues by Thomas Miller UK P&I Club.

*Owners liabilities in STS operations on the basis of IMO resolution and charterparties, by John G Hadjis & Partners law firm.

*Screening, risk assessment and OSIS database by DYNAMARINe.

The forum was aimed at assembling STS industry representative bodies together to discuss the concerns over the new guidelines implemented after 1st April 2012.

The role and responsibilities of the POAC, shipowners’ statutory compliance and associated liabilities that will eventually burden those engaged in STS operations were highlighted as the most critical issues.

Service providers usually issue LOI’s to masters and/or shipowners in order to avoid liability. However, this is not accepted by the P&I clubs, since an LOI would extend the limit of owners’ liability beyond their contractual commitment to the clubs.

Conversely, service providers claim that they offer a service, which is not rewarded to an extent that could justify liabilities for oil pollution, ship damage, etc.

Therefore, a reasonable question arises in this respect: If the owner is liable for the safety of the STS operation, then should the owner participate in the decision making of the STS service provider?

Owners’ liability was analytically presented at the forum, as well as the screening and risk assessment methodology and OSIS database, which covers their liability by supporting owners in exercising due diligence towards STS stakeholders while practical statistical data on past STS operations are also maintained.

Companies that have participated in the onlineSTS.net service for almost a year have been audited by oil majors who in turn recognised the system for STS screening as a positive step towards safety, the company claimed.



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