Tanker Management and Self Assessment 3 (TMSA3) - A Best Practice Guide

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This Guide aids tanker vessel operators in achieving high standards of ship management and safety. A useful complement to IMO Conventions and Codes, this third edition has been updated to reflect current legislation and emerging issues. It incorporates feedback from companies and users of previous editions of TMSA, as well as providing guidance on OCIMF’s view of industry best practice.

Guidance has been improved to complement key performance indicators and remove ambiguity for users. This new publication includes updated industry legislative requirements, including the Ballast Water Management Convention and the Polar Code.

The streamlining of elements ensures consistency and straightforwardness in the self assessment process. The Environmental and Energy Management Element has also been revised to incorporate the OCIMF Energy Efficiency and Fuel Management paper that was a supplement to TMSA2.

The OCIMF Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) programme consists of a book, a matching online tool for recording the self assessment and a database for sharing reports. In February 2017 TMSA was integrated into the Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE).

The TMSA programme complements IMO Conventions, Codes and Circulars and is intended to encourage self-regulation and promote continuous improvement to enhance the safety of merchant shipping. Implementation of IMO Conventions, Codes and Circulars is achieved by companies establishing an effective safety management system (SMS), covering both ship and shore management processes. An effective SMS is also required for companies to achieve HSSE excellence.

The TMSA encourages companies to assess their own SMS against set key performance indicators (KPIs) and provides a minimum expectation (level 1) and three further levels of increasing best practice guidance, which a company may wish to apply in their SMS to improve ship management safety performance. Through self assessment, companies are encouraged to use ship management assessment results to develop phased improvement plans that can be applied across their entire fleet and to share their TMSA self assessments with potential charterers using the TMSA database.

The TMSA offers a standard framework for assessment of a company’s SMS. It sets out 13 elements of management practice that are essential for the effective management and operation of vessels. Companies can measure their SMS against the KPIs in each element and decide whether they have achieved a particular level in that element and, therefore, provide a clear, objective picture of performance. Importantly, the levels in the TMSA help the company identify gaps in current performance and areas where performance can be enhanced.



Section one The Tanker Management and Self Assessment Programme
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Continual improvement
1.3 Key performance indicators
1.4 Self assessment process
1.5 Verification process
1.6 Submitting reports

Section two The TMSA elements

Element one Leadership and the Safety Management System
1 Management, Leadership and Accountability
1A Developing and Maintaining a Safety Management System

Element two Recruitment and Management of Shore-Based Personnel

Element three Recruitment, Management and Wellbeing of Vessel Personnel
3 Recruitment and Management of Vessel Personnel
3A Wellbeing of Vessel Personnel

Element four Vessel Reliability and Maintenance including Critical Equipment
4 Vessel Reliability and Maintenance
4A Vessel Reliability and Maintenance (Critical Equipment)

Element five Navigational Safety

Element six Cargo, Ballast, Tank Cleaning, Bunkering, Mooring and Anchoring Operations
6 Cargo, Ballast, Tank Cleaning and Bunkering Operations
6A Mooring and Anchoring Operations

Element seven Management of Change

Element eight Incident Reporting, Investigation and Analysis

Element nine Safety Management
9 Safety Management – Shore-Based Monitoring
9A Safety Management – Fleet Monitoring

Element ten Environmental and Energy Management

Element eleven Emergency Preparedness and Contingency Planning

Element twelve Measurement, Analysis and Improvement
12 Measurement, Analysis and Improvement – Inspections
12A Measurement, Analysis and Improvement – Audits

Element thirteen Maritime Security

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) is a voluntary association of oil companies with an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas. OCIMF focuses exclusively on preventing harm to people and the environment by promoting best practice in the design, construction and operation of tankers, barges and offshore vessels and their interfaces with terminals. Learn more at: www.ocimf.org

Number of Pages:
Published Date:
April 2017
Binding Format:
Hardback Spiro
Book Height:
300 mm
Book Width:
235 mm
1 kg

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