Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) Explained

Ship management companies turn to TMSA programs, developed by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum, for enhancing and ensuring maximum safety in management systems. Within the framework, tanker operators are granted the resources to lead safety management systems that include key performance indicators for management best practices. These practices help attain the highest level of safety performance in global standards.
Ceylan Ersoy
Apr 30
3 min read

The ship management and tanker industry bear the immense responsibility of prioritizing safety at all costs. By establishing appropriate TMSA programs, companies can ensure they follow industry-wide quality protocols and promote self-regulation, accompanied by uninterrupted improvement in tanking operations and efficiency. 

Making sure that companies are adhering to a high level of safety standards is difficult and costly to manage. That is one of the key reasons TMSA has been approved and supported internationally for credibility and acceptance. A staggering 90% of operators currently utilize the program, which includes the entirety of oil majors. 

What Does the TMSA3 Program Include?

The program comes with pre-established assessment and safety management frameworks that build on 13 essential management practices. For each of these items, tanker operators are responsible for conducting self-assessment and rate safety management system usage, ıoerations, and relevant practices in line with TMSA3 defined KPIs. 

The key domains in this sphere include: 

  1. Maritime security 

  2. Measurement, analysis, and improvement

  3. Energy and environmental management

  4. Preparation for emergencies and contingency planning

  5. Management of safety protocols

  6. Reporting of incidents, corresponding investigations, and analysis

  7. Management of change and transitions

  8. Safety Management systems and leadership

  9. Recruiting and managing shore-based personnel

  10. Recruiting and managing vessel-based personnel

  11. Reliability of the vessel and maintenance of critical equipöent

  12. Navigational safety

  13. Bunkering, tank cleaning, cargo, mooring, and anchoring

Advantages of TMSA for Tanker Vessel Operators

The tanker vessel operation regulations are continuously rising; operators must comply with abundant and evolving maritime rules to preserve their competitive edge. TMSA can help reduce the costs of regulations and ensure environmental consciousness, among other benefits. 

TMSA can help ensure the highest standards are followed in safety management systems and continuously support the improvement of these systems. Further, the system can help embed preventative approaches in maintenance and reduce the risk of incidents, breakdowns, or delays. Finally, the system allows for low insurance costs and consequently higher earnings for employees. 

You can apply solutions like Navatom to fully implement TMSA in your organization, as Navatom can help simplify and digitalize the reviewing and updating process required by tanker vessel operators. Navatom utilizes TMSA as a necessary tool in managing risk and safety regulations and self-assessments to enhance tanker operations. 

Navatom products are developed with TMSA and various other regulations in place. The system enables some TMSA stages by default due to its real-time cloud-based infrastructure and qualitative data collection systems.

Check out the Navatom TMSA Submission solutions now and explore benefits in inspections, analytics, vetting, risk assessment, and compliance. Through identifying key vessel operations, hazard potentials, and overall risk assessments, solutions like Navatom can help you mitigate risks and boost efficiencies. 

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