One of the most significant safety initiatives introduced by OCIMF is the Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE). This programme was originally launched in 1993 to specifically address concerns about sub-standard shipping. The SIRE Programme is a unique tanker risk assessment tool of value to charterers, ship operators, terminal operators and government bodies concerned with ship safety.
In today’s competitive tanker trading environment, many tanker owners and operators consider positive SIRE inspection reports as vital to their business. Consistently acceptable SIRE inspection reports can enhance a tanker operator’s reputation and help secure quality business. It is, therefore, essential that officers on board are familiar with the SIRE inspection process and recognize that acceptable SIRE inspection reports are essential during the tanker vetting process.
This module is based on the OCIMF SIRE requirements for inspection of tankers and barges. Information has also been provided by those involved in performing SIRE inspections.
The aim of this module is to guide senior and junior officers through the SIRE inspection process and help them recognize its importance during the tanker vetting process.