Tanker operations require special knowledge. Just because a marine services company can handle barges, doesn't mean they can handle tankers. Tankers deal with the bulk transit of liquid materials. Sometimes these materials are water or wine, and sometimes they're oil (crude or refined), liquefied petroleum gas, liquefied natural gas or chemicals like ammonia or chlorine. If it can be made into a stable liquid, chances are a tanker has carried it. When it comes to materials like oil, liquefied petroleum gas or liquefied natural gas, it's easy to see why tanker operations need special knowledge. Those liquids can be dangerous.
Safety is a huge concern for people who work in tanker operations (tanker operations). There are special organizations that set safety guidelines and strict penalties if these guidelines aren't met. Supertankers are giants in the oceans and no one wants to see anything go wrong. Mistakes are deadly in the ocean and not just on an environmental scale. If your company needs some support in regards to tanker operations, it's imperative to make sure the contractor understands and complies with complex international requirements. You should look for membership with or compliance with the codes set by OCIFM (Oil Companies International Marine Forum), IMO (International Maritime Organization) and SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea). Those groups have set standards of safety that keep in mind the needs of everyone from the consumer to the seaman. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard also have tanker operation regulations that need to be followed.
There are two scales for measuring tankers, and not all companies that handle tanker operations can work with all sizes. Both the fixed AFRA scale and the flexible market scale rates tankers on deadweight tonnage (dwt). Some tankers are as small as 10,000 dwt and some exceed 500,000 dwt. The tankers used to traverse the Horn of Africa are different from the ones that travel through the Caribbean. Make sure the tanker operations contractor you use can handle what you need.
Any tanker operations contractor also needs to be familiar with international security protocols. Different countries have different requirements and sometimes different ports within the same country will have different requirements. This is especially true when it comes to the types of materials handled by tankers.
There's a marine services company that offers a wide variety of services including services grouped under the heading "tanker operations". That company is called Ocean Ship holdings Inc. OSI has highly skilled, certified, trained and educated professionals that keep an eye out for safety as well as cost-effective ways of handling ocean-going cargo. If you'd like more information about OSI's services, please visit their website at: http://www.oceanshipholdings.com.