To reflect current legislation, expectations and emerging risks, the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has updated its Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) programme
The OVMSA programme includes expanded best practice guidelines and a streamlined self-assessment procedure to encourage a more unified interpretation and implementation of the guidance by offshore support vessel (OSV) operators.
First published in 2012, the programme is widely used by OSV operators to assess, measure, benchmark and improve their safety management systems (SMS) against set key performance indicators (KPIs). These systems encompass all company activities, including technical, operational, personnel, health, safety, security and environment, both onboard and ashore. OSV operators using the OVMSA programme can make their reports available to OCIMF members and vessel charterers as proof of active SMS processes and alignment with industry best practices.
OCIMF director Rob Drysdale, said “OVMSA is used by offshore vessel operators to evaluate and improve their management systems in line with their industry peers, and over the years, the assessment has been instrumental in helping offshore vessel operators raise standards of best practice across the board. However, the risk-profile of the marine industry continues to change, and so OVMSA needs to change to reflect those risks.”
OVMSA2 sets out 13 elements of management practice essential for the effective management and operation of offshore vessels. Operators can measure their management systems against the KPIs in the OVMSA, demonstrate compliance with industry standards and use the programme to identify gaps in current performance. To reflect the many new challenges offshore vessel operators must now account for, OSMVA2 includes 85 new KPIs, and 25 KPIs have been downgraded. In total, there are 266 KPIs in OSMVA2 for measuring management performance.
The Second Edition of OCIMF’s Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) programme and book is now available to purchase is now available to purchase.
Current users of OVMSA can migrate their data to OVMSA2 using a simple one-click migration process. From 1 January 2021, only OVMSA2 will be available.
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