Inspections Assessment and Validity

Ship Inspections

As an active member of OCIMF, ADNOC fully supports and participates in the OCIMF Committees and Forums.

ADNOC vetting is fully supportive of and applies the OCIMF "30 days inspection " rule but requires a vessel to undergo a fresh SIRE inspection prior to being considered for ADNOC Group business in the following cases:

  • Where a vessel has no SIRE report available or does not have a SIRE inspection report that is less than 6 months old.
  • the vessel has had an ownership, management, flag or class change.
  • If the vessel has been detained as a result of a port state inspection.
  • If the vessel has been involved in an incident during the last six months.
  • The latest SIRE inspection indicates that the condition of the ship or its equipment or crew does not substantially meet ADNOC requirements.
  • If there has been significant negative feedback about the vessel during a previous visit to any ADNOC facility.

Inspections may be conducted by ADNOC or any of the member companies' accredited SIRE inspectors.

ADNOC Ship Vetting Inspections shall only be conducted onboard ships nominated to carry cargo for ADNOC or any of its affiliated companies. Inspections shall normally be carried out durin g cargo operations, and preferably during discharging operations. Bunkering operations by themselves shall not qualify the vessel as being in operational status.

A "One-Off' Limited validity for three months may be granted for those inspections conducted in idle status, within which period an operational SIRE inspection report must be made available for assessment.

Ship vetting inspection will not include an inspection of the ship's structure but a review of the structural details through Class reports.

Inspections required for vetting purposes must be carried out by inspectors, accredited for th e type of ship by OCIMF-SIRE as appropriate.

Ship owner's shall pay the Vetting inspection costs as per the Tariff listed in Annex 2 of this policy, this tariff may be revised without any notice from time to time as per the decision of ADNOC top management.


Oil Tankers, Chemical Carriers and Gas Carriers

  • Vetting will be primarily based on an assessment of the latest SIRE inspection report available on the OCIMF SIRE system, submitted by one of the member companies.
  • Only SIRE reports downloaded directly from the OCIMF-SIRE database, by the ADNOC Ship Vetting Department may be utilized for assessment purposes.
  • If there is no SIRE (ship inspection report) available in the SIRE system, the vessel will need to be inspected by one of the accredited SIRE inspector.
  • Reports furnished by ship's owners, Ship's Operators, charterers, cargo owners or obtained from sources other than OCIMF-SIRE shall NOT be considered.
  • The SIRE inspection must have been completed within the last six months and preferably during cargo discharge operations.
  • Vessels shall be granted acceptance based on NO RISK to ADNOC Group.
  • The Vessels' age will be instrumental in determining the frequency of assessments.

In the event of any outstanding observations, the vetting team will normally correspond with the ship's operators to determine if these have been satisfactorily closed out. If deemed necessary, the ship will need to be inspected by an accredited inspector.


Dry Cargo Ships

Acceptance of Bulk carriers, general cargo, dry cargo, RORO and Container ships will be based on an assessment of the most recent available records from maritime intelligence information sources, Port State Control records and historical terminal feedback reports.

An assessment will be conducted prior to each and every call, and acceptance will be based on "clean " historical vessel performance records, including but not limited to port state control detention and casualty/Incident records.

Acceptance will be subject to satisfactory outcome of an inspection by the port authority upon arrival and prior to berthing.

Changes in national or international regulations, or changes to ADNOC policies or specific internal requirements may lead to rejection of accepted ships.