OCIMF has developed the MTIS system with the aim of filling the
gaps that exist in the international standards for terminals and also that would complement the similar
work already being done by OCIMF and its members to improve ship safety and environmental protection.
Specifically, the consolidated system embraces:
- Marine Terminal Particulars Questionnaire (MTPQ)
- Marine Terminal Management and Self-Assessment (MTMSA)
- Marine Terminal Operator Competence & Training (MTOCT)
Marine Terminal Particulars Questionnaire (MTPQ)
The ultimate aim is to compile a comprehensive database of relevant information for all of the world’s
3,500+ terminals – from the hardware available, to berth measurements and transfer rates. The Marine Terminal
Particulars Questionnaire (MTPQ) was developed to collect this information in a common format using consistent
units of measurement. By comparing the information generated by the MTPQ with SIRE vessel data, vessel programmers,
schedulers and operators will be better able to assess the compatibility of ships and terminals and ensure safe
operation and environmental protection.
MTIS MTPQ was launched October 2011 and is being completed by more and more terminals each week.
Marine Terminal Management and Self Assessment (MTMSA)
OCIMF members have found the Tanker Management and Self-Assessment (TMSA) guide a very practical and valuable tool for driving up
safety standards and encouraging continuous improvement – some 90% of tanker operators use it, including all the oil majors. As a result,
OCIMF has revised, updated and improved its existing Marine Terminal Baseline Criteria publication to make it consistent with the TMSA
format. This was published in September 2012, and is called the Marine Terminal Management and Self-Assessment (MTMSA); the old Marine
Terminal Baseline Criteria will be gradually phased out and replaced with this new tool.
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MTMSA provides the best practice and key performance indicators against which terminal operators can assess the effectiveness of their
management systems for berth operations and the ship to shore interface. With a self-assessment culture at the heart of OCIMF’s approach,
members can use the MTMSA guide to develop their own internal review methodology. They can then use the internal review results to
continuously improve their safety and environmental performance and to identify and share best practice around their terminal network.
Members can also submit their assessment report to OCIMF’s terminal database and choose how widely the information should be shared.
Marine Terminal Operator Competencies and Training (MTOCT)
The Marine Terminal Operator Competencies and Training (MTOCT) aims to identify key competences and knowledge requirements, together with
appropriate verification processes, to help members develop or commission their own terminal operator training programmes to ensure that
personnel working on the ship/shore interface have the required skills and competence. OCIMF spent three years reviewing and updating OCIMF
Marine Terminal Training and Competence Assessment Guidelines and the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO)
Suggested Competence Standards, to create the MTOCT manual and database. This allows a terminal operator to install the MTOCT database and
then fully customise it to meet their own requirements.
OCIMF is not a training organisation, but this is a good example of how it can bring together and share best practice from its members
and elsewhere to provide guidance on personnel training, which can in turn improve safety and environmental protection standards worldwide.
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To ensure user-friendliness, the databases and other software that have been developed as part of OCIMF’s Marine Terminal System all have
the same look, feel and features as existing tools like TMSA and SIRE. Members can also be confident that security is, as ever, at the heart
of software development and their information will only be shared in the ways they have specified.