Tanker association to launch accident reporting tool

Tankers at Singapore Western Anchorage. Credit: Southern Cross Maritime

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) – a voluntary association of oil companies with an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil – has announced the creation of a new reporting tool for collecting data on tanker accidents.

The Learning Lessons, Accidents, Statistics, and Trends (LLAST) database, known as the Tanker Accident Database, provides an anonymous reporting tool for shipowners and technical managers to document measurable accident data.

According to the OCIMF, the aim is to collate anonymous tanker details which, over time, will permit root-cause analysis of accidents that occur on board. This will prevent repeat incidents and lead to further maritime safety advances.

The association reports that there has already been a strong uptake in participants registering their interest in the database, which has not yet gone live. Users who register on the site will be alerted once it is fully operational.

To ensure that information submitted to the site is protected, OCIMF said it will incorporate a three-tier data protection model to safeguard the anonymity of data providers.

Tankers have been involved in some of the most high-profile shipping accidents in recent years. It has now been almost two years since the Panamanian-flagged, Iranian-owned tanker Sanchi collided with the cargo vessel CF Crystal in the East China Sea. None of the tanker’s 32 crew members survived. The vessel was transporting 136,000 metric tonnes of ultra-light crude oil at the time.

Interest in the Tanker Accident Database can be registered at: tankeraccidentdatabase.org