Ship-to Ship transfer operations (Oil/Chemical/Gas Tankers) are highly specialized and critical operations requiring those engaged to be well trained as any incorrect understanding of the various factors affecting Ship Handling and STS cargo operations can lead to serious accidents; cost of high environmental pollution and fire risk.
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This course, conducted on a “Kongsberg full mission Class-A ship manouvering simulator” will develop the skills and concepts necessary for ship handling in STS operations. A thorough understanding of ship handling theory and application of this knowledge on simulator based exercises in different situations i.e. STS at anchor & underway is provided to each participant in order to gain ship handling experience using different ship models in varied weather conditions.The following topics will also be addressed during the STS operations course:-
General requirements for vessels involved in ship to ship transfer operations
Ref to STS Transfer Guide; Guidelines from OCIMF
Who is the person in overall advisory control? Role of STS Superintendent, mooring master, ship’s master, deck officers and crew STS operations checklists, risk factors & risk assessment, briefing & tool-box talk
The STS operation comprises five different phases: Pre-Arrival Planning / Arrival / Berthing / Cargo Transfer / Departure;
Factors that affect an STS transfer operation – The vessels involved and their specifications
The Human factor – Crew training and experience / Work & Rest Hours
Special equipments involved e.g. hoses, fenders, mooring readiness with respect to heaving lines, messenger lines, ships lines, wire rope tails, stoppers etc.
Other external factors e.g. STS area & weather / Determination of the criteria to abort or suspend the operation
Pre operation activities – transfer basket inspection – crane inspection
Precautions during Cargo Transfer - Attention to be paid to Mooring lines during the transfer of Cargo, due to potential changes in the following factors:- Weather condition; Change of Tide; The freeboards of both vessels changing
Precautions during Berthing & Un-berthing
Importance of good communications throughout the STS operation; Notifications to relevant authorities
Contingency Planning & Emergency Procedures
Guidelines to be followed, Precautions against pollution as per MEPC 59, MARPOL, SOPEP, SMPEP,VRP in US waters, STS transfer guide and operational plan.