Frequently Asked Questions On STS
This guide is produced to provide answers to questions associated with the required knowledge of tanker operators and
their Masters/Officers for STS Operations. It is almost five years since the ratification of MARPOL Annex I Chapter 8.
It was introduced by the IMO to assist in the prevention oil pollution during ship-to-ship (STS) operations.
The legislation has inevitably resulted in greater requirements being imposed and made Ship-to-Ship (STS) Operations more
complicated for tanker operators. For example, the need for STS Plan is an additional requirement to an area that is
already well governed by OCIMF rules and regulations.
MARPOL Annex I Chapter 8 requires the integration of the the STS plan with the Shipowner's Safety Management System (SMS)
and thus will be opened to scrutiny in the event of an incident and subsequent legal actions. A tanker operator STS
responsibility is not only defined by the existence of an STS plan, they have to take a justified approach that takes
into account commercial and safety considerations.
The draft guide has been released on June 2015 to industry representatives for review and comments.
The authors, after considering industry’s comments, have prepared the final version which is currently being finalized with
the FOREWORD from the UK P&I and quotes from industry representatives, as shown below.
Clyde & Co in co-operation with DYNAMARINe will announce and distribute
the First Edition of the STS F.A.Q at IFSTS-2016 at London, on 17 March 2016.
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