The following local rules apply to vessels engaged in StS transfer operations at Sullom Voe:
Double hulled vessels; vessels with crude oil/fuel oil cargoes of density in excess of 900 kg/m3 at 15 degC or with fuel oil cargoes of kinematic viscosity exceeding 180 mm2/s at 50 degC must be double-hulled.
Insurances; all vessels visiting the port must carry up to date “full entry” P&I club insurance. GAC, the Sullom Voe Harbour Master, or BP may insist to see evidence that a vessel's P&I insurance is current and that premiums have been paid.
Ship vetting; it is a condition of entry to the port that all vessels are subject to ship vetting. This is conducted on behalf of the Sullom Voe Harbour Authority by BP.
Compliance with operational risk mitigation measures; following a rigorous risk assessment process in preparation for the first StS transfer operation at Sullom Voe, all parties involved in providing the services have incorporated preventive measures within their procedures to eliminate or mitigate the potential hazards associated with StS transfer operations. In the event that the Harbour Master, or any of the other service providers, identifies any new potential hazards associated with a specific operation, a further risk assessment may be required, which may in turn lead to additional safeguards being established to ensure the continued safe operation of StS services at Sullom Voe.
General; the SIC, in its role as the Sullom Voe Harbour Authority, is responsible for setting and ensuring compliance with EU and local regulations for all ships using the port of Sullom Voe. As these may change from time to time, any customer enquiries concerning the relevant port standards and/or specific requirements for StS transfer operations should be made to the Sullom Voe Harbour Master, who holds prime authority over the performance of all activities in the port.