OCIMF announces September go-live for digitalised SIRE 2.0 reporting

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has confirmed that its digitalised Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE 2.0) is scheduled to ‘go-live’ in September 2024, with the expectation that it will become the standard tanker inspection tool for the industry.

The final transition to SIRE 2.0 and the withdrawal of the option to request a SIRE Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ7) inspection will happen on Monday, 2 September, following confirmation that all pre-agreed ‘Critical Success Factors’ for going live have been met and approved by the OCIMF Vessel Inspection Programme Steering Group, Programmes Committee and OCIMF Executive Committee (ExCom).

This move to SIRE 2.0 will mark the end of the phased transition to the updated digitalised tanker inspection programme, which the group hopes will transform how the industry assesses the safety and operational condition of tankers and their crew on an ongoing basis.

“OCIMF implemented a multiphase roll-out programme to ensure industry had the opportunity to engage with SIRE 2.0 before it became the standard inspection tool,” said Aaron Cooper, Programmes Director, OCIMF.

“A significant number of SIRE 2.0 inspections have been completed in Phase 3 enabling all sectors of the industry to fully participate as well as supporting the full end-to-end testing of the SIRE 2.0 system. This has worked very well as programme users have been able to prepare and test their readiness under real-life test inspection conditions. As a result of this phased approach and robust testing, we’re confident we can now proceed with implementing SIRE 2.0 as the standard inspection tool for industry. OCIMF appreciates the support of industry as we reach this final milestone.”

“I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that all programme users use the next 60 days to ensure they are prepared to move permanently to SIRE 2.0. During this time, Phase 3 inspections are still available, and programme users should make sure personnel at sea and onshore are fully familiarised with the new inspection process, procedures and guidance and they should also ensure their own in-house procedures, tools and systems are aligned. They can also use this time to complete the Pre-Inspection Questionnaire work before the go-live,”

The move to the digitalised inspection programme means that every tanker inspection will be tailored to the individual vessel and its risk-profile, and will require vessel operators and their crew to be able to respond to any potential inspection question from the SIRE 2.0 Question Library.

Using intrinsically-safe tablet devices, SIRE 2.0 inspectors will provide a response to each question in the inspection’s Compiled Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (CVIQ) in relation to Hardware, Processes and Human Factors. This will provide programme recipients with inspection reports that contain marine assurance data, information and feedback with greater detail than existing SIRE reports.

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