SIRE inspections

The industry-agreed Oil Companies' International Marine Forum (OCIMF) SIRE inspection format is used as the main ship inspection tool.

Inspectors are asked to report on all vessel or operational deficiencies, and to detail both positive and negative comments on the vessel's operations. Those deficiencies considered serious are assessed as 'High Risk', and are identified as such in an Observations List that is left with the Vessel’s master at the end of each inspection.

Vessels with "HIGH RISK" findings cannot be used until all observations have been closed-out and the vessel is found suitable for BP business by a V&C Superintendent.

Each SIRE inspection report issued by an inspector is reviewed by a V&C Superintendent before it is released to the ship’s managers via the SIRE programme. This process ensures inspection standards are maintained and closely monitored.

Following the successful close-out of an inspection report by a V&C Superintendent, the ship owner will be advised of a period in which a further operational inspection will not normally be required. This advice does not constitute blanket approval of the vessel for BP business or for visits to BP group terminals or facilities, however. Instead, vessels will be screened on each occasion they are tendered for BP business or want to call at one of our terminals or facilities.

BP Shipping employs the OCIMF SIRE inspection format (VIQ) as the vessel inspection tool for all third party hydrocarbon carrying vessels. 

All inspections carried out under the SIRE system are submitted to OCIMF SIRE database. Every SIRE report issued by a BP SIRE inspector is reviewed by a V&C Superintendent prior to its release to the vessel manager via the OCIMF SIRE programme. This process ensures SIRE inspection standards are maintained and closely monitored.

Barges and other vessel types may follow a different protocol approved by BP Shipping.

Following the successful close-out of a BP SIRE inspection report by a V&C Superintendent, the DOC holder will be advised of a period in which a further operational inspection will not normally be required. This advice does not constitute blanket approval of the vessel for BP business or for BP group terminals or facilities. Vessels will be screened on each occasion they are tendered for BP business or want to call at one of our terminals or facilities.

Follow-up enquiries and information on inspections already requested should be addressed to goshinsa@bp.com.

Responses to observations identified during BP inspections should be sent to the V&C Superintendent in charge of that inspection report, and copied to ownersresponse@bp.com.

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