OCIMF / ICS publish ISGOTT 6


An updated edition of the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT) has been published by OCIMF and ICS, including substantial amendments to the enclosed space entry section

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), in conjunction with the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) have published an updated edition of the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT).

A particularly large change has been made to the section on enclosed space entry, “which continues to be an issue of significant risk on board tankers and at terminal facilities,” OCIMF says.

This section addresses gas detection, the toxicity and the toxic effects of petroleum products (including benzene and hydrogen sulphide), the generation of static electricity and stray currents, fire protection and the growing use of mobile electronic technology.

Emphasis has been placed on reflecting changes in the understanding of the impact of human factors in tanker and terminal operations and ensuring that the recommendations in ISGOTT are included in Safety Management Systems (SMSs) and procedures.

Other key areas which have been updated include marine terminal administration and the critical importance of the tanker/ terminal interface, alternative and emerging technologies, and bunkering operations, including the use of alternative fuels such as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

The text aims to reflect current best practices and legislation, and to ensure ease- of-use by personnel on board and ashore.

The Ship/Shore Safety and Bunkering Operations Checklists contained within the publication have been released for free download.

This enables responsibilities for tanker and terminal to be easily communicated before arrival, and when alongside.
ISGOTT is also aligned with OCIMF’s recently revised Mooring Equipment Guidelines. There is information covering maritime security, linking to the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) and industry’s maritime security Best Management Practices (BMP).

Support has been provided by other industry associations including the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), the  Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO).

The previous (fifth) edition of ISGOTT was published in 2006.

The book and e-book are available to purchase from Witherby Publishing Group here https://www.witherbyseamanship. com/isgott-6th-edition-international- safety-guide-for-oil-tankers-and- terminals.html

The Ship/Shore Safety and Bunkering Operations Checklists can be downloaded from OCIMF’s website, here https:// international-safety-guide-for-tankers- and-terminals-(isgott-6).aspx




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