Sea Water Pollution
Advice to Masters in line with International Marpol requirements.
Shell Energy India LNG Terminal and the Hazira Port are situated in a protected coastal mangrove area bordering on protected forestland and pollution of any description, from whatever source, will be viewed extremely seriously and must be reported immediately to the Indian Coast Guard. This is a statutory requirement of the Government of India. All vessels visiting the Hazira Port must be in full compliance with the current MARPOL requirements.
Avoidance of Pollution:
Please also note the following measures, which will assist in avoiding pollution:
No oil or mixture containing oil shall be discharged or allowed to escape from a vessel while at the Hazira Port or within the Hazira Port Limits.
No garbage or other materials, either liquid or solid, shall be discharged overboard from a vessel, but shall be retained in suitable receptacles on board.
Whilst within the Hazira Port Limits the internal transfer of any oil, slops or bunkers on board is prohibited.
In the event of any leakage or spillage of oil or oil contaminated liquids on board, the Loading Master and Terminal Shift Supervisor must be advised immediately in order that discharge operations can be stopped until the spill has been cleaned up.
Absorbent swabs or sawdust used for mopping up such spills shall be collected and removed ashore for disposal.
During the discharge or loading of petroleum products, deck scuppers and drain holes must be suitably plugged. Any excess water that may accumulate must be drained off as required. Drip trays must be placed under manifold connections, and any accumulation of water drained off at regular intervals. During LNG discharge operations scuppers should be closed, however a careful watch should be maintained to ensure that any buildup of water on deck is drained off.
Prior to commencement and at regular intervals throughout discharge, regular checks are to be made to ensure that oil or oily water is not escaping through sea valves. Overboard discharge valves through which oil could escape shall be lashed in the shut position during the vessel’s stay alongside. Where lashing is not practicable a suitable means of marking the valves should be used to clearly indicate that the valves are to remain closed.
Where ballasting is to take place in systems that have previously been used for cargo, sea inlet valves shall not be opened before pump suction has been established.
Unused cargo and bunker connections must be closed and blanked. Blank flanges shall be fully bolted with the gaskets in place and other types of fittings, if used, properly secured.