Tanker Management and Self-Assessment

About TMSA

The Tanker Management and Self-Assessment (TMSA) is a program developed by The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) to provide companies with a way to improve and measure their safety management systems against industry best practices. Operators can use the self-assessment results to develop a phased improvement plan to support the continuous improvement of their ship management system.


TMSA Stages & Elements

TMSA provides a standard framework for evaluating company SMS. It consists of 4 levels, and TMSA 3 lists 13 elements of management practices that are essential for effective ship management and operation. Companies can measure their SMS based on the KPIs in each element and determine whether they have reached a certain level in that element to provide a clear and objective performance map. Notably, the levels in TMSA help companies identify gaps in current performance and areas where performance can be improved.

Complying with the best practices of the ship operator industry allows the company to develop higher safety standards and eliminate pollution. The TMSA program is fully integrated within OCIMF’s Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE). TMSA is open to all technical operators of SIRE registered vessels. The integration utilizes the latest technology and security practices, improving user experience. The oil vessels can now rate themselves (their safety management systems, operations, and procedures) against the key performance indicators (KPIs) defined in TMSA3.

For the highest standards to be applied across the marine industry, TMSA 3 program and report has been issued after the TMSA1 and TMSA2.

TMSA was introduced by OCIMF in 2004 as a means to help vessel operators evaluate, measure, and improve their management systems. The language used in the expression has been changed so that the ship operators can understand it more clearly and to ease self-evaluation and ensure progress and improvement.TMSA 3 has been updated by gathering best practice experiences, preventing duplication, merging and rearranging some subjects, deleting inapplicable figures in performance indicators/KPIs, updating and adding improvements in many elements. The 13th most recently added element is maritime security.The first edition of TMSA was originally designed for tankers that were more than 500 GT because those ships were subject to the requirements of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, and therefore the ISM Code.

After four years of experience and extensive feedback from the oil industry, TMSA 2 was published in 2008. Irrespective of size, TMSA 2 was improved to broaden its application to all tank vessels. The third edition of TMSA (TMSA 3) was introduced on April 10, 2017. TMSA 3 updated and revised all of the twelve existing elements and introduced a thirteenth – Maritime Security. As of January 1, 2018, TMSA2 reports were closed for archiving and updating. It was possible to switch from TMSA 2 to TMSA 3 until December 31, 2017.

70% of the current ships using NOZZLE Ship Management Software are tanker ships. NOZZLE is based on tanker operations. The foundation of NOZZLE was laid with experienced captains and strong software engineers.

The 13 Elements that build up the TMSA 3 and that play a vital role in the Marine Operations are:

Element 1 Management, Leadership and Accountability.

Element 2 Recruitment and Management of Shore-based Personnel

Element 3 Recruitment and Management of Vessel Personnel

Element 4 Vessel Reliability and Maintenance

Element 5 Navigational Safety

Element 6 Cargo, Ballast, Tank / Hold Cleaning and Bunkering Operations

Element 7 Management of Change

Element 8 Incident Reporting, Investigation and Analysis

Element 9 Safety Management

Element 10 Environmental Management

Element 11 Emergency Preparedness and Contingency Planning

Element 12 Measurement, Analysis and Improvement

Element 13 Maritime Security