The V&C team supports those parts of BP that employ third party vessels by ensuring that those vessels meet all BP Shipping marine assurance requirements.
V&C Superintendents are located in the countries where BP carries out most of its chartering activities.
Vessels are screened against the latest SIRE inspection carried out by BP, as well as the owner's profile, terminal and operational feedback, market intelligence, casualty data, Port State Control inspections and any other information held by the V&C team at that time. Depending on the circumstances, a SIRE inspection carried out by another OCIMF (Oil Companies' International Marine Forum) member company could be considered as part of the screening process.
Tankers are assessed in relation to international conventions such as Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), STCW 95 and International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Guidance detailed in the OCIMF publication 'International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals' (ISGOTT) is applied to all tanker types, while the guidance provided by the Society of International Gas Tankers Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) is applied to all gas carriers.
Additional BP requirements include a 'high risk' observation list utilised to identify issues of serious concern.
BP Shipping's Audit & Inspection (A&I) team helps the V&C team ensure that sufficient inspection data is available to provide safe shipping solutions for all BP group marine activity. The A&I team is based in Sunbury-upon-Thames, with regional offices in Houston, Singapore, Melbourne and Shanghai. It receives and processes all SIRE inspection requests submitted through this site.
The A&I team manages a large core of SIRE accredited inspectors located in major shipping hubs around the globe.