ISGOTT 5th Edition (International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals)



Safety is critical to the tanker industry. The International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals, or ISGOTT as it is now widely known, has become the standard reference work on the safe operation of oil tankers and the terminals they serve. To remain so, the Guide must keep abreast of changes in vessel design and operating practice and reflect the latest technology and legislation.

In this Fifth Edition, account has been taken of latest thinking on a number of issues including the generation of static electricity and stray currents; the use of mobile phones and pagers which are now ever present but which did not warrant a mention in the Fourth Edition; the use of new materials for mooring lines as emergency towing off pennants; the toxicity and the toxic effects of benzene and hydrogen sulphide; and the introduction of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. The Ship/Shore Safety Check List has been completely revised to better reflect the individual and joint responsibilities of the tanker and the terminal.

The Guide is now divided into four sections: General Information; Tanker Information; Terminal Information and the Management of the Tanker and Terminal Interface. Care has been taken to ensure that where the guidance given in previous editions was still relevant and fit-for purpose it has not been changed or deleted in moving to the new format.

Original Publisher

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF)

Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH)