The aim of INTERTANKO Tanker Specification Awareness Guide As part of its ongoing efforts to promote safer tanker shipping, the INTERTANKO Safety, Technical and Environmental Committee (ISTEC) has issued an Awareness Guide covering the technical specifications of tankers by drawing on the membership’s knowledge, experience and their willingness to share information for their mutual benefit and for the tanker industry as a whole. The Guide has been compiled in order to draw attention to certain technical and operational matters which can be used to improve the technical specification of a tanker at the design and contract negotiation stages, as part of an overall effort to build a better tanker. The main aim is to provide assistance in the process of investigating, evaluating and making informed choices, and thus reinforcing final decisions, during the negotiation of a newbuilding contract with a shipyard. The Guide can serve not only as a compendium of other companies’ experiences but also as a checklist of items to follow up and points to further investigate and develop. It is not the intention of this Awareness Guide to rewrite the rules of the classification societies but rather to work within the existing regime to provide the industry with the means of constructing tankers to a higher standard than is currently the common practice. The Guide has been prepared in such a way so that it can be amended in future to take account of further operational experience, intra-industry cooperation and technological advances. The extent to which future editions are updated and brought to focus on the key issues of the day will depend on how users take advantage of the first edition of the Awareness Guide and build it into a working tool for the entire industry. The format for the Guide will also enable individual companies to log the experiences and practices of their own site teams during the construction of their tanker. Because many of the issues covered are relevant to all shipbuilding projects, irrespective of the ship type, it is believed that the Awareness Guide should be of interest and assistance to a wider audience beyond the tanker industry itself. Similarly, because the coverage is general and all-encompassing in nature, the Guide will be relevant to a wide range of readers throughout the shipping industry, not just those occupied fulltime in newbuilding project work. The Guide has been laid out in eight chapters and six appendices. The first five chapters provide the background to the importance of safe, sound and ergonomic tanker design while the final three chapters focus on the preparation of the technical specification for the newbuilding and the role of, and the interplay between, the three key participants - the shipowner, the shipyard and the classification society - at the shipyard throughout the period that the tanker is under construction. The appendices include a typical tanker specification that shipowners and other interested parties may wish to use as a starting point for their own newbuilding project. The specification is laid out in such a fashion that it can be amended and updated as the newbuilding project progresses to provide a valuable working record and a key document that can accompany the ship over its working life. Another appendix lists those items that tanker owners might want to consider as a compendium of industry best practice when laying down a newbuilding specification.
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