OPS ALTAIR - Ship to Ship Cargo Transfer

Ship-To-Ship cargo transfer

ship-to-ship (STS) transfer operation is the transfer of cargo between seagoing ships positioned alongside each other, either while stationary or underway.

SPOB Altair transfers her cargo to another tanker in the open sea during her services under one of major oil company.

The requirements for conducting Ship to Ship transfer operation:

  • Adequate training of oil tanker’s staff carrying out the operation.
  • Proper STS equipment to be present on both the vessels and they should be in good condition.
  • Pre planning of the operation with notifying the amount and type of cargo involved.
  • Proper attention to the difference in freeboard and listing of both the vessel while transferring oil.
  • Taking permission from the relevant port state authority.
  • Properties of Cargo involved to be known with available MSDS and UN number.
  • A proper communication and communication channel to be set up between the ships
  • Dangers associated with the cargo like VOC emission, chemical reaction etc to be briefed to the entire crew involved in transfer.
  • Fire fighting and oil spill equipment to be present and crew to be well trained to use them in emergency.
  • All guidelines to be followed as per MEPC 59, MARPOL Annex 1 chapter 8, SOPEP, SMPEP, STS transfer guide and operational plan.