Baker Lyman. ISGOTT (International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals) 6th Edition
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ISGOTT (International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals) 6th Edition


This is the definitive Guide to the safe carriage and handling of crude oil and petroleum products on tankers and at terminals.

ISGOTT was first published in 1978 and combined the contents of the ‘Tanker Safety Guide (Petroleum)’, published by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and the ‘International Oil Tanker and Terminal Safety Guide’, by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF). In producing this Fifth Edition, the content has again been reviewed by these ICS and OCIMF, together with the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), to ensure that it continues to reflect current best practice and legislation.

This edition takes account of recent changes in recommended operating procedures, particularly those prompted by the introduction of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, which became mandatory for tankers on July 1^st^, 1998. Also, account has been taken of latest thinking on a number of issues including the generation of static electricity and stray currents; the use of mobile telephones and pagers, which are now ever present; the use of new materials for mooring lines and emergency towing-off pennants; the toxicity and the toxic effects of benzene and hydrogen sulfide; and, importantly, the introduction of the principles underlying the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The Ship/Shore Safety Check-List has been completely revised to better reflect the individual and joint responsibilities of the tanker and the terminal.

The Guide is now divided into four sections:

  • General Information
  • Tanker Information
  • Terminal Information
  • Management of the Tanker and Terminal Interface

The Guide provides operational advice to directly assist personnel involved in tanker and terminal operations, including guidance on, and examples of, certain aspects of tanker and terminal operations and how they may be managed. It is NOT a definitive description of how tanker and terminal operations are conducted.

Care has been taken to ensure that, where the guidance given in previous editions was still relevant and accurate, it has not been changed or deleted in moving to the new format. ISGOTT continues to provide the best technical guidance on tanker and terminal operations. All operators are urged to ensure that the recommendations in this Guide are not only read and fully understood, but also followed.

It is a general industry recommendation that a copy of ISGOTT is kept and used onboard every tanker and in every terminal so that there is a consistent approach to operational procedures and shared responsibilities for operations at the ship/shore interface.


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