VETTING (health safety environment)

VETTING (environmental pollution)
An effort to prevent environmental pollution at sea or territorial waters

Preventive measures taken by official governmental agencies as well as non-governmental organizations have so far not shown satisfactory results. It is even aggravated by lame supervision and law enforcement of the relevant authorities, leading to continuously uncontrolled environmental pollution and damages.

Principally such ’deliberate’ sea pollution/oil spill by oil tank vessels may be caused by various factors, including :
•    Insufficient technical equipment
•    Poor condition of vessel maintenance
•    Expired vessels
•    Lack of professional, capable and skilled crew, indicated among others by irresponsible mental attitudes
•    Weak supervision and law enforcement of the relevant authorities

VETTING
Vetting is a feasibility assessment of an oil tank vessel to determine if the vessel is allowed to be accepted at a terminal or oil port, based on the inspection findings by an OCIMF (oil companies international marine forum) accredited inspector. This assessment covers the condition and completeness of an oil tank vessel, the crews’ capabilities and skills and the operating management of the vessel.
Currently  vetting procedures have been carried out by most world major oil companies. In the implementation of oil tank vessels are considered unqualified for the feasibility requirements (substandard), and are not allowed to enter oil terminal/ports, including all the oil terminals operated/managed by TOTAL Group. Since the mid 90s, TOTAL has implemented vetting procedures in all its operational areas throughout the world.
Initially up to 2000, the implementation of vetting procedures in Indonesia has had various constraints and significant challenges especially from Pertamina as an oil tank vessel operator for domestic oil refinery. On the ground of limited budget, Pertamina was forced to operate oil tank vessels the majority of which were falling short of or failed to meet the vetting requirements (substandard).

Such challenges and constraints was met by TOTAL, by conducting development and empowerment of the existing human resources, and by continually communicating the policy to all related parties. Finally, in 2002 the Shipping Department of Pertamina established a vetting procedures within their operational area. It is expected that in its future operational activities, Pertamina will be capable of renting and operating oil tank vessels which meet the vetting requirements.
Owing to the motivation of various KKS contractors who have carried out vetting procedures, BPMigas under the collaboration with the KKS contractors, have completed the preparation of vetting execution work procedures to be applied to all specific KK contractors operating within the territorial waters of Indonesia.
In this way it is expected that all oil tank vessels operating within the Indonesian territorial waters will have met all the technical requirements, the crews will all be internationally skillful, highly responsible, and the operating management will be professional and that there will no more be any pollution occurring uncontrollably, particularly within the territorial waters of Nusantara.
We certainly hope so..!