Improved Quality and Safety Onboard Domestic Tanker Fleet

Improved Quality and Safety Onboard Domestic Tanker Fleet

Oct 07, 2018

The Philippines domestic fleet surged to an increase of 14% in 2015. This includes a total number of 257 tanker vessels registered in MARINA’s domestics shipping department. Rightnav Maritime Consultancy serving private companies for vessel condition surveys inspected 6 tanker vessels and all were found to be SIRE-ready. This is a very positive indication of an improved quality and safety among local ship managers. A new addition to the registry is the MT Chelsea Providence which is a 183.3-meter long medium-range oil tanker that can carry up to 54 million liters of petroleum at any given time. Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. (CLC) owned and inaugurated the tanker on the 5th of October 2018.

 

Rightnav Maritime data analytics correlated that one of the reasons of the growth is due to the full implementation of the Philippines Biofuels Act of 2006 (RA 9367) and “The 2020 IMO Fuel Sulphur Regulation" wherein the Philippines is a contender to be the Low Sulphur fuel hub in South East Asia due to its readiness with biofuels. The country’s Biofuels Act of 2006 aims to reduce the nation's dependence on imported fuels with due regard to the protection of public health, the environment, and the natural ecosystems consistent with the country’s sustainable economic growth. It mandates the use of biofuels as a measure to develop and utilize indigenous renewable and sustainable-sources clean energy sources to reduce dependence on imported oil; mitigate toxic and greenhouse gas (GSG) emissions; increase rural employment and income; and ensure the availability of alternative and renewable clean energy without any detriment to the natural ecosystem, biodiversity and food reserves of the country.

 

We are happy to see that our local domestic fleet in the Philippines is stepping up to SIRE - OCIMF standard said Captain Ramos, the founder of Rightnav. The SIRE Programme is a unique tanker risk assessment tool of value to charterers, ship operators, terminal operators and government bodies concerned with ship safety. The SIRE system is initiated by OCIMF –Oil Companies International Marine Forum.