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How to achieve TMSA 3 Compliance Part Three

In this final article in our Tanker Management Self Assessment 3 Compliance series, we review the last 4 crucial elements: Element 10, Element 11, Element 12, and Element 13.

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In this final article in our series on achieving TMSA 3 Compliance we review the last 4 elements: 10, 11, 12, and 13.

Our previous article looked at elements 7, 8, and 9. These elements cover management of change, incident reporting, investigation and analysis, and safety management.

Elements 10, 11, 12, and 13 consist of:

  • Environmental and energy management
  • Emergency preparedness and contingency planning
  • Measurement, analysis, and improvement
  • Maritime Security

So without further ado, let’s dive right into the last 4 key elements.

Achieving Tanker Management Self Assessmenmt 3 Compliance for Element 10 – Environmental and Energy Management

Element 10 focuses on environment and energy management. To elaborate, this is the critical practice of identifying and assessing pollution generated from maritime operations. It also refers to the safe reduction and disposal of residual waste. For this reason, TMSA 3 encourages tanker organizations to implement reporting procedures & contingency planning to cover hazardous incidents.

Finally, it is also a requirement that a maritime organization monitors its performance quarterly so that an organization can benchmark their environmental action plans across their fleet to meet ISO 14001 & MARPOL Annexes standards.

How can Shipnet help with TMSA 3 Compliance for Element 10?

Setup Procedures:

As stated, to comply with Element 10, you need to implement reporting procedures and contingency plans to cover hazardous incidents. With this intention, your Safety Management System should allow you to set up and monitor environment management plans and identify sources of emissions and measures to increase energy efficiency. For example, the below screenshot shows the type of Environmental Reporting available in the ShipnetONE Safety XE solution:


To achieve the objectives outlined in your company’s environmental and energy management policies require your safety teams to record and monitor sources of emissions and fuel consumptions consistently. To that end, our safety management solution enables you to track your emissions and fuel consumptions and see how they are trending as per the screenshot below.

Achieving TMSA 3 Compliance for Element 11 – Emergency preparedness and contingency planning

Element 11 relates to the implementation of an effective and required response to dealing with onboard emergencies. Moreover, it relates to crew members undertaking training exercises based on merchant shipping legislation. Thus, Maritime organizations are required to develop safety procedure drills along with shore-based response teams to partake in training. Additionally, TMSA 3 identifies the need for maritime organizations to undertake media training and to arrange security management.

How can Shipnet help with TMSA 3 Compliance for Element 11?

Through the ShipnetONE application, your users can plan and execute drills and emergency exercises while preparing the company and vessel emergency response plans both for office and site-specific. Similarly, your staff can define the planned exercise’s scope and frequency for automated scheduling and gain access to all records automatically through history. Finally, you can prepare KPI targets as per company policies and monitor the frequency of exercises carried out throughout the fleet for continual improvement.

Achieving TMSA 3 Compliance for Element 12 – Measurement, analysis, and improvement

Element 12 covers the most vital aspects of a successful safety management system. To elaborate, a maritime business must ensure system manuals are utilized as a part of daily operations. They are analyzed for their effectiveness and to ensure they have not become outdated. Giving regular audits indicates how well the safety management system is adhering to industry best practice guidelines and how well the system is performing overall, along with the connected vessels and shore support offices.

How can Shipnet help with TMSA 3 Compliance for Element 12?


To support compliance with Element 12 through auditing, our solution enables you to conduct regular Ship Safety Inspections/Audits. Your Safety Officers or Junior Officers can conduct these inspections while onboard their vessels or onshore. As a result, you can assess your safety culture more efficiently. Below we further outline how we can support your inspections and audits:

  • Start planning and preparation for inspections and audits. Shipnet ONE can also auto-create inspections and audits based on a set schedule.
  • Review previous inspection details across the fleet and data to prepare better. Identify problem areas, problem individuals, problem inspectors, and plan for the same.
  • Follow standard or custom checklists to perform inspections and create findings automatically from the checklist questions.
  • Identify observations and non-conformities and their corrective actions.
  • Make use of KPI / RCA / Measurement lists to analyze reasons for such observations and findings.
  • Assign tasks to individuals in the organization and perform actions to close each finding.
  • Measure the performance of vessels, observations, and non-conformities, areas of most concern through interactive dashboards and reports.

As part of driving safety improvements, your safety teams can share best practices and critical information across their fleets. This can be achieved using the document system to promote safety alerts or fleet circulars. Additionally, your safety teams can generate custom reports using our report designer to share among customers.

Achieving TMSA 3 Compliance for Element 13 – Maritime Security

Element 13 focuses on Maritime Security, which requires the use of Risk Assessment solutions to identify and mitigate risks. It is required to adhere to BMP 4 guidelines, so it is necessary to define and maintain a stock of equipment for vessel hardening. It is also a requirement to define an Operational Security Area to monitor the number of vessels’ transits. Best practice requires travel advisory and threat level circulated data sharing across a fleet and the verification of armed guard’s qualification criteria before employing them onboard vessels.

How can Shipnet help with TMSA 3 Compliance for Element 13?


We can support you in monitoring and tracking operational security events through our occurrence system, helping secure your vessels against threats. Additionally, we can support you by

  • Identifying and Mitigating risks through our Risk Assessment solution.
  • Defining and maintaining the stock of equipment for vessel hardening (as per BMP 4 guidelines).
  • Defining Operational Security Areas and monitoring the number of transits of vessels (as per Operation Security Reports).
  • Circulate travel advisory and threat level data sharing to vessels using the document system.
  • Verify armed guard’s qualification criteria before employing them onboard vessels using our standard measurement lists.

So there we have it, we hope that you found this series of Articles on TMSA 3 Compliance useful.

Download the FREE TMSA3 eBook now, our full exploration of TMSA3 and how you can achieve compliance.

As a final highlight, our Shipnet ONE integrated platform has been built around industry regulations to help maritime organizations implement their safety management systems efficiently and proactively. This has been achieved through years of development in line with the world’s major shipping companies. The platform not only meets your needs but encourages continuous and effective improvement and compliance with TMSA 3.

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