This report provides a checklist to be used when carrying out inspections of
barges intended for the transport of oil, chemicals and gases. It has been
produced by representatives of oil and chemical companies and international
inland transport companies to provide a consistent basis for such inspections
and in order to enable easy interchange of information between companies.
Considerable efforts have been made to assure the accuracy and reliability of
the information contained in this publication. However EBIS cannot accept
liability for any loss, damage or injury what so ever resulting from the use
of this information.
This report does not necessarily represent the views of any company
participating in EBIS.
The oil, petrochemical and chemical industries
use tank barges for the transport of products along canals, rivers and
estuaries. In general, these barges are not owned by the companies themselves
but by independent owners/operators which range in size from a few owning
large fleets down to individuals who own (and frequently master) a single
Most companies have Environment, Health, Safety
and Security Policies which are designed, not only to improve their own
performance in these areas, but also to ensure that those providers of
service who operate under contract to them work to comparable standards. The
chemical companies have similar policies in order to conform to their
”Responsible Care” programme. As far as the hire of barges is concerned,
these policies mean that the hirer has to assure himself that the barge to be
hired is fit for purpose, conforms to all legislative requirements, and is
operated in a safe manner to ensure protection of the environment and safety
of both the crew and the general public.
This is normally achieved by carrying out
pre-charter checks involving both a physical inspection and an audit of the
barge and its written procedures. These checks may be conducted by company
personnel or by authorized inspectors. They carry out the inspections to the
specification of the charterer and the various companies may have differing
specifications. This may mean that barges may be frequently inspected by a
number of companies.
It was realized that if a common questionnaire
specification could be developed, then companies could use a report prepared
for another company and hence reduce the number of inspections to the
advantage of both the charterers and the barge owners. It must be stressed that the inspection is only one source of
information on which the charterer makes his decision on the acceptability of
the barge. It is quite possible that one company could reject a barge
which has been accepted by others if they put different weights on the
importance of the various elements of the inspection.
The development of a common questionnaire was
initially undertaken by a special task force set up under the auspices of
CONCAWE. The task force was composed of representatives from oil and chemical
companies. The most important goal of EBIS
(European Barge Inspection Scheme) is to maintain
the use of a common questionnaire for inspection reports and for those
reports to be input into an inspection report exchange system. This
questionnaire has been developed from the original
CONCAWE version and is presented in four languages: Dutch, German, French and
This inspection report has been developed as part
of the "Safety and Quality Assessment of Barge Operations and
The questionnaire is designed to assist INSPECTORS to determine whether a
barge complies with the relevant International, National and Local
regulations in respect of responsible operation of the barge, safe
operational practices and environmental protection.
Where pertinent, checklist items have been referenced to the relevant
regulation and industry recommendations for analytical reasons.
Dumb barges can be manned or unmanned. The
procedures (QHSSE-manual inclusive) are on board of the dumb barge or on the
tug or are immediately available for the "shore team" who is
responsible for the loading / discharging activities (including shifting) The
captain or dumb barge skipper can be represented by a qualified office
Read in the guidelines for Ebis inspectors also
"shore team" where "crew" is mentioned.
Read in the guidelines for Ebis inspectors also
"dumb barge" where "barge" is mentioned.
All questions in the inspection report must be
answered, taking into account, as if the dumb barge would be fully operational
(operational means loading/discharging/sailing/shifting). This is also applicable for moored and
unmanned dumb barges.
If the inspection is performed onboard a moored
and unmanned dumb barge, the office representative attending the inspection,
must explain in detail in which way the procedures and guidelines are
available for the crew at the time. Ship documents, procedures and guidelines
must be shown to the Ebis inspector during the inspection.
The inspector may only conduct an inspection when
instructed by one of the EBIS members and must inform Captain/Owner/Operator
about this EBIS member request.
Inspections should only be carried out in the
full knowledge of the Captain or his deputy and with his co-operation.
Inspections may only be carried out after an appointment has been agreed with
Captain/Owner/Operator, and only when all parties agree to the inspection.
It is preferred that Inspections carried out
during daylight and the barges must be operational. On boarding the barge the
inspector should report directly to the Barge Master in order to explain his
intentions and objectives. The
Inspector shall show proof of his / her authority to carry out the
During the inspection of the barge, it is
recommended that the inspector is accompanied at all times by a responsible
person nominated by the Barge Master. The inspector should be an observer
only and should not interfere, interrupt or become involved in the operation
of the barge or be a party to any discussion between the barge and terminal,
port authorities etc.
On completion of the inspection, the inspector will report to the Barge
Master and explain / discuss with him the findings
of his inspection. The inspector will discuss, and leave with the Master or
his representative, the Inspection Summary
together with appropriate references and a full copy of the report. The
Master, or his representative, must always be given
the opportunity to comment on the list of observations and these comments
must be recorded on the form.
This will give the opportunity to clarify questions which may have arisen in
the course of the inspection (e.g. compliance
with ADN or other applicable regulations before he leaves the barge).
All questions need to be answered. Due to the
modular approach of the system there are special questions which are only
applicable for particular types of barges Gas barge (Type ”G”) or Chemical
barges (Type ”C”). According to the type of barge which has been chosen by
the inspector those questions will automatically be displayed. Hence most of
the questions can clearly be answered ”YES” or ”NO”. In case a single
question can’t be answered ”YES/NO”, is a NA
Questions which are answered with NO,
must be completed with an observation. After the report has been entered into
the electronic database, the operator has the possibility to add comments to
the observations made by the inspector.
Comments must be noted in agreed language and in
the English language as well. When further clarification or additional
information is needed to better clarify the inspector's findings, further
explanation should be provided under "Owner comments" at the end of
The "Inspection Summary" should reflect
the findings and will include:
• A list of Negative and Not Applicable answers.
It is the object of the inspection report to give
an accurate assessment of the Barge and her Crew covering it's operations at
the time of the inspection. The report does not attempt to pass or fail the
barge for any particular activity.
The Summary should also state whether the barge is Loading, Discharging or
The highest standards of ethical behavior are
expected from EBIS Inspectors. This means in practice that the findings
presented in an inspection report are to be regarded as strictly confidential
and on no account should the Barge Inspector discuss the contents of the
report with a third party .
The ownership of the report belongs to the EBIS organization.
The inspector delivers a copy of the report to; Captain and/or Owner. An
electronic version must be sent to the EBIS organization for databank
It is important that the inspector should not
operate any equipment or advise on any operational or constructional matters
or given any advice on how a particular deficiency might be dealt with. The
Inspector may, however, request equipment to be run or operated under test. A
courteous and considerate approach is expected of inspectors in all their
dealings with the Barge Master and his crew.
The updating of the general technical
information on a barge is the responsibility of the operator only. The
inspector can use this information during his inspection. Any remark to this
data will be discussed during the close out meeting with the Master or his
Any "not applicable" item met while
inspecting a barge will be noted, explained and included in the
The inspector is expected to
demonstrate a constructive attitude. The Owner/Owner's Superintendent should not interfere with the
The inspector is expected to set a good example
with respect to his own safety procedures for the inspection of the barge
since all the barge's safety procedures will be carefully assessed. The
inspector should wear appropriate clothing including boiler suit, safety hat,
safety shoes, life jacket and, if appropriate, safety gloves and glasses.
Notices displayed on board the barge must be strictly adhered to.
The inspector may request
the demonstration of a particular piece of equipment. Should the request be
refused, then the question must be answered negative
with a statement of the reason why. Both the Inspection Report and
Summary must be signed by the Barge Master or his representative to indicate
that he has received the duplicate copy. This signature does not, of course,
infer that the Barge Master agrees with the observations in any way, but
merely that he has received a copy.
The inspector shall not make in any way
recommendations for improvement of observations, nor indicate to the Barge
Master, the Barge Owner or his representative the outcome of the inspection.
The inspection itself is not a pass or fail inspection and the result of the
inspection is for consideration by an EBIS member
On completion of the inspection, the inspector should enter the Inspection Report immediately
in the EBIS database. The inspector must indicate whether or not the report
can be released immediately, by input of the Master or his representative. The operator can always decide to release the report
earlier by adding operators comments and the ticking off the release box.
In any event after a maximum of seven (7) calendar days the report will be
Bunker barge: (ADN 1.2.1) A tank barge of type N-open, built and equipped for the
transport and delivery of ship propulsion fuel to other ships/barges, with
maximum deadweight of 300 ton
Dumb Barge: We can distinguish
different types of dumb barges as there are:
Self propelled dumb barges that have a Communautair Certificate (or equivalent) in which is
mentioned the restrictions of the operational areas (in common restricted to
anchorages or ports)
Not self propelled dumb barges.
Operational: a barge completely in use and manned according to international,
national and/or local regulation
New/Rebuild/Change conform ADN
Spill Plate: A plate for spill
containment (gutter bar) is a vertical steel plate fitted, on deck, at or
close to the ship’s side of which the openings can be closed watertight. It
should be able to contain a product spill of about 200 litres, independent of
the trim of the vessel.
Operator: is the technical manager who’s QHSSE system is used on
board the barge
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
2006/87/EC: EC Directive on Technical Requirements for Inland
ADN : Accord Europèen
relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par voie de
CDNI: Convention Relative a la
collecte, au depot et a la reception des dechets survenant en navigation
Rhenane et interieure
CEFIC: Conseil Europèen federation
de l'industrie Chimique
European Code for Inland Waterways
CONCAWE: Conservation of Clean Air and Water in Europe
EBIS: European Barge Inspection Scheme
EBU: European Barge Union (www.ebu-uenf.org)
ECDIS: Electronic Chart Display and Information System
EN 12798: Transport Quality Management
System Inland Navigation Transport – Quality management system requirements
to supplement EN ISO 9001 for the transport of Dangerous Goods with regard to
EUROPIA: European Petroleum Industry Association
(D)GPS: (Differential) Global Positioning System
International Safety Guide for Inland Navigation Tank-Barge and
NRC: New building-Rebuilding-Changes
QHSSE: Quality Health Safety Security Environment
SS: Stainless steel
Chemical / Gas Barge Inspection Questionnaire
The questionnaire consists of three parts, the
Inspection Report, the Inspection Summary and the general technical
The questionnaire must be discussed with the Barge Master before leaving the
barge after the inspection. The Barge Master may add comments in the
Inspection Summary, which must then be signed by both the Inspector and the barge
Master before the inspector leaves the barge.
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