STS operations is an efficient way to cope with draft restrictions, port congestion, lack of shore infrastructure, as well as a convenient alternative to transferring oil cargo between seagoing vessels. Until now, these operations have yielded excellent safety records; However, they still have the potential of a catastrophic accident. Thus, prudent management and continuous risk evaluation are essential to keep this method a safe trading option and a valuable funding source for local economies.
Since all arrangements and costs are borne by the charterers, tanker operators are only concerned with safety and environmental care. In fact, masters are liable for safety and environmental pollution, thus they strive for safeguarding STS operations free from incidents.
In this forum tanker operators invite representatives from the entire shipping industry to join their forces with them and share their safety-related experience and expertise. One of many topics that particularly concern tanker operators and will be extensively discussed this year is quality assurance of third parties involved in STS operations and pay vital role in safety and environmental protection. The views and developments of charterers, service providers, manufacturers and international organizations will be presented, the risk in specific STS locations will be analyzed and case studies from several tanker operators will be discussed.
The term Ship to Ship transfer operation or STS operation is referred to the transfer of cargo between seagoing vessels. These operations are conducted with the vessels underway, at anchor or berthed to a dock or jetty. Although STS operations are also performed for dry cargos with bulk carriers, currently the interest is focused to Annex I cargos or similar due to their potential of extensive environmental pollution.
STS operations reveal good safety records; however, they have the potential of a catastrophic accident and thus, prudent management and continuously risk evaluation is essential. The issue is that tanker operators, although liable for safety and pollution prevention, they are not the organizers of these operations (charterers or cargo owners are). Moreover, in these operations, third party elements (mooring master, STS service provider, participating vessel) are involved, whose role is vital as safety and pollution prevention is concerned. Thus, tanker owners are exposed to undue third-party risk, a fact that requires their awareness as well as their preparedness at high levels.
For this reason, it is important for tanker owners and their operators, to analyze possible hazards and examine the relevant causal factors as required by MARPOL (IMO) and OCIMF guidelines and latest version of Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ7). Furthermore, in order to control undue third-party risks exposure, they have to ensure that all involved parties adopt suitable risk mitigation measures by following the industry best practices and continuous improvement techniques.
Considering that “safe operations” is a common interest for all the involved parties, IFSTS focuses on bringing all the relevant industry parties together in order to discuss and commend on issues regarding safety, pollution prevention and best practices in STS operations.
It is for the common benefit to identify and avoid substandard technics and IFSTS is the platform for sharing experience and achieving this goal
In the International Forum of STS 2019 @ Athens we plan to further increase the quality and reputation of the event. Following the success of IFSTS 2018 @Athens sponsored by Tsakos Group and IFSTS 2017 @London sponsored by TMS Tankers, it has been decided to host the new event once again in Athens, Aegli Zappiou, which Is close to Piraeus maritime hub. The event is mainly targeting tanker operators, Service Providers, P&I clubs, charterers, traders and Oil Majors.
IFSTS is a safety-oriented forum and focuses on bringing the industry together to discuss the major safety issues regarding Ship to Ship transfer operations as well as quality standards STS operations. All participants will gain knowledge and inspiration for new ideas towards ensuring safety, pollution prevention and best practices.
The event will be free of charge for all delegates, which will be limited to about 200 (mainly senior level staff and owners).
Through this event, DYNAMARINe and the sponsoring companies will promote the proactive safety culture, the prudent management and the environmental awareness.
The scope of this conference is to present and consolidate industry’s view on the quality standards of the STS service providers, sharing best practices and lessons learned as well as the point of view of the Tanker Operators based on their past STS experience. New developments in STS operations worldwide (regulations, standards, new locations etc.) will be introduced. Furthermore, measures that ensure healthy and sustainable competition that may improve safety standards of the STS service providers will be discussed. STS service providers quality standards and procedures, case studies and lessons learned from Mooring Masters and the perspective from Oil Majors/Charterers/Traders will be also in the agenda. Finally, manufactures of STS equipment (fenders & hoses) will present new developments and maintenance standards.
Once again it has been decided to host the new event in Athens at Aegli Zappiou, which is in the “heart” of Athens and very close to Piraeus maritime hub.
IFSTS 2019 sponsored by Tsakos Group will take place in the greatest hall of Aegli Zappiou, the OLYMPIA HALL.
If you wish accommodation, there are many good hotels in the region to choose. The following hotels offer excellent services and are recommended, since they are very close to Aegli Zappiou and all the archaeological places (Plaka, Parthenon, Greek Ancient Market). If you book to these hotels, do not forget to register the following PROMO CODE, in order to receive the forums discount. We wish you a nice stay in Athens.
PROMO CODE: IFSTS2019
09:15 – 10:00 Registration and light breakfast
10:00 – 10:45 Welcome speeches
10:45 – 12:00 Session 1: Statutory Framework and Commercial Requirements
12:00 – 12:20 coffee break
12:20 – 13:35 Session 2: STS Locations
13:35 – 14:35 Lunch Break and Networking
14:35 – 15:45 Session 3: STS Equipment
15:45 – 16:05 coffee break
16:05 – 17:25 Session 4: Case Studies and Lessons Learned
17:25 – 18:35 Reception and Networking