The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has issued a new piece of guidance relating to offshore deck cargo management.
Aimed at vessel masters, crews and offshore industry personnel, the paper contains risk-based guidance and best practices on managing deck cargo in the offshore marine industry. It has been drafted in response to what OCIMF describe as a lack of current guidance in the industry relating to high-risk activities surrounding offshore deck cargo.
The full guidance is available on OCIMF's website free of charge and covers a range of areas including: accountability of key personnel involved in safe deck cargo handling operations; best practice for a safe deck during operations; routine lifts performed during offshore deck cargo operations; deck cargo manifests and stowage plans; deck cargo loading/backloading and discharge plans; methods for deck cargo securing and lashing; communication; and weather parameters.
An example matrix of permitted operations defining critical changes in conditions, operations or barriers and offering guidance on management of such changes, is also included.
OCIMF has also announced a new information paper relating to transferring personnel between vessels using a crane. This is in response to what OCIMF see as a lack of guidance and regulation on using such transfer methods between vessels (as opposed to transfer between vessels and platforms). This paper can also be downloaded from OCIMF's website.
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