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Phased roll-out for OCIMF’s SIRE 2.0 vessel inspection regime

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has confirmed its updated Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE 2.0) will be delivered to industry in a ‘phased approach’ comprising four stages, rather than a single ‘go-live’ switch between the current SIRE (VIQ7) and new SIRE 2.0.

Since its launch in 1993, OCIMF’s SIRE tanker inspection programme has become central to supporting safety and best practice in the marine industry, with approximately 165,000 SIRE reports downloaded since inception providing industry with a reliable tool for assessing vessel safety and quality. To ensure the inspection regime keeps up with industry change, OCIMF has been working with its membership and industry partners to develop the software, tools, processes and procedures that underpin the new digitalized inspection regime, SIRE 2.0.

The roll-out of the new programme will occur over four stages to allow for comprehensive testing and interrogation of the system, with a review of ‘critical success factors’ needing to be confirmed by the OCIMF membership before moving to the next stage. The organisation has also assured users of the programme that they will be provided with ample warning before each stage is progressed.

  • Phase 1: SIRE 2.0 internal testing – One-month user acceptance testing involving the OCIMF Secretariat and vessel operators who have previously been involved in SIRE 2.0 Trial Inspections. The goal is to rigorously test the full end-to-end reporting process.
  • Phase 2: Beta test of full end-to-end process – a two-month testing period with optional participation from invited parties, with a goal to test the end-to-end process without assistance from OCIMF.
  • Phase 3: Unlimited beta test of full end-to-end process – a four-month transition period allowing participation for all programme users. The goal is to allow all submitting companies, vessel operators and programme recipients to use and familiarise with the SIRE 2.0 system prior to full launch.
  • Phase 4: SIRE VIQ7 withdrawn – SIRE 2.0 launches and replaces the existing SIRE system as the commercial tanker inspection programme.

Inspectors have been receiving comprehensive and ongoing training and examination over the past 15 months in preparation for their transition to SIRE 2.0 and companies that have integrated SIRE into their in-house IT environments have been working with the project team to integrate the new web API. Programme participants, including submitting companies, have also been engaged in a range of engagement and learning activities.

Training resources, including documentation, factsheets and familiarisation videos developed to meet the needs of each participant group (vessel operators, programme recipients, inspectors and officers/crew) can be downloaded and used onboard ships or integrated into in-house training programmes. Submitting companies, programme recipients and operators are strongly encouraged to use these pre-recorded and subtitled presentations as a tool for aiding understanding and expectations of SIRE 2.0 inspections.

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