Tanker shipping is probably one of the most strictly regulated and scrutinised industries. The regulations cover environmental and safety aspects, as well as technical and work environment areas. The combination of this regulatory control and our own internal regulations helps to ensure that consistently high quality is maintained.
In addition to our own controls, there are also comprehensive inspections and follow-ups from authorities and customers. The vessels in the fleet, both owned and chartered, are subject to continuous quality inspections in the form of vetting by the oil and chemical industry, flag state annual inspections, published port state controls and the classification societies’ inspections.
The inspections include the ship’s construction and its general condition, equipment and procedures for navigation, survival equipment, fire-fighting equipment, cargo handling systems, oil recovery equipment and procedures for crisis management. Crew numbers, the crew’s qualifications, employment conditions, the ship’s logbooks and certificates are also examined. Shore-based activities are checked primarily by auditing processes and procedures.