Release of the seventh edition of the SIRE Vessel Inspection Questionaire (VIQ7): 17 September 2018
OCIMF is pleased to announce the release of the seventh edition of the SIRE Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ7).
This edition has undergone an extensive revision process which has brought the VIQ up-to-date with respect to changes in legislation and best practices. The SIRE Focus Group, which has led the work on the revision of this document, has examined the questions in the existing edition of the VIQ (VIQ6) to determine whether these continue to remain relevant and has reduced the overall set of questions by up to 90 questions.
The section on Structural Condition in the existing VIQ6 (Chapter 7) has been reduced and merged with Chapter 2. A new chapter (Chapter 7) has been developed to cover Maritime Security which has 21 new questions covering Policies and Procedures, Equipment and Cyber Security.
The section on Mooring (Chapter 9) has been significantly reviewed to incorporate the revisions and best practices that will be introduced in the fourth edition of the Mooring Equipment Guidelines, Fourth Edition (MEG4). Operators will be encouraged to align their procedures and equipment with the guidance provided in MEG4 as soon as possible.
The existing chapter on Communications (Chapter 10) has been reduced and merged with Chapter 4 which is now a section on Navigation and Communications.
A set of 10 questions on LNG Bunkering has been added to the section on Engine and Safety Compartments (Chapter 10). These questions have been developed in conjunction with advice and guidance from SIGTTO and SGMF.
This seventh edition of the VIQ (VIQ7) is freely available to download by clicking this link and will come into effect on Monday 17 September 2018.