OCIMF Guidelines to Harden Vessels

OCIMF layered defence methodology illustration OCIMF layered defence methodology illustration

Oil industry forum OCIMF has released a new information paper that recommends a layered defence methodology for hardening vessels to help prevent unauthorised boarding.

The paper also recommends using a Vessel Hardening Plan and provides an example plan to help ensure vessels are prepared for operations in areas of increased security. Although the focus is on vessels when underway, measures are also examined for vessels at anchor and alongside.

The layered defence methodology consists of:

*             First layer: prevents unauthorised access to the vessel.
*             Second layer: prevents or delays access to the accommodation block, stores and machinery spaces.
*             Third layer: prevents or delays access to the citadel, which is a safe location for crews to retreat to if all other defences are breached.

OCIMF Director Rob Drysdale said “This guidance complements the recent industry publication Global Counter Piracy Guidance for Companies, Masters and Seafarers  and regional best practices such as BMP5: Best Management Practices To Deter Piracy And Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf Of Aden, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Based on lessons learnt and shared best practice, this information paper will give those involved in the design and operation of tankers the tools they need to make an informed decision about security measures for their fleet.”

Guidelines to Harden Vessels also complements the OCIMF information paper Ship Security – Bridge Vulnerability Study, released in 2014.

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) is a voluntary association of oil companies (the ‘members’) who have an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas. OCIMF’s mission is to be the foremost authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers, terminals and offshore support vessels, promoting continuous improvement in standards of design and operation. www.ocimf.org.

The paper is free to download from www.ocimf.org/library/information-papers

By Jake Frith

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