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First SIRE inspection by the Gazprom Group

LNG tanker ’Lena River’ underwent an ispection by an inspector of Gazprom Global LNG (GGLNG) under the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE).

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It was the first ever SIRE inspection conducted by the Gazprom Group.

SIRE is an inspection risk assessment tool that was launched by OCIMF in 1993. It has been widely adopted by all oil and gas majors shipping their cargoes by sea, as well as tanker owners, operators and charterers, terminal operators and government bodies concerned with ship safety. A SIRE inspection is widely recognised as a benchmark for satisfactory tanker quality and ship safety standards and has become increasingly common as the oil and gas industry continues its drive for safer ships and cleaner seas.

The GM&T’s Technical & Marine Assurance Department now offers the inspection service on a worldwide basis to any interested ship operator wishing to have its vessels inspected in the name of Gazprom. Two other ships – an LNG vessel and an oil tanker – are already scheduled to undergo a Gazprom SIRE inspection before the end of the year.

Mr Nikolai Grigoriev, Managing Director of Shipping & Logistics said: “We are very pleased to have successfully completed the first SIRE inspection on behalf of Gazprom Group. I would like to acknowledge the leading role of GM&T’s Technical & Marine Assurance Department in this accomplishment. This action is emblematic of Gazprom’s and GM&T’s commitment to maintaining safety at sea and reflective of our on-going work, in co-operation with other oil and gas majors, in the development of and compliance with the international standards of marine operations.”

About Gazprom Marketing & Trading
Gazprom Global LNG Ltd. (GGLNG) is a subsidiary of Gazprom Marketing & Trading (GM&T). GM&T is a UK-registered wholly-owned subsidiary of OAO Gazprom (“Gazprom”), the world’s largest gas company by asset base, accounting for 18% of the world’s total natural gas reserves and for about 70% of natural gas reserves in Russia. GM&T was established in 1999 to manage Gazprom’s marketing and trading activities in the liberalised markets of Europe. GM&T is responsible for the optimisation of Gazprom’s energy commodity assets and downstream expansion through its marketing and trading network. With subsidiaries in USA, Singapore, France, Germany, UK and Switzerland, GM&T trades energy commodities including gas, power, oil and oil products, carbon, LNG and FX.

The Shipping & Logistics (S&L) business unit provides safe, reliable and economical shipping solutions to the Gazprom Marketing & Trading Group (GM&T) with responsibility for supporting the multi-commodity trading activities of GM&T, shipping a diverse range of products from LNG, LPG, Oil, Oil Products and Helium.

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About OCIMF and SIRE
The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) is a voluntary association of energy companies with an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas. Its mission is to be the foremost authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil and LNG vessels, terminals and offshore support vessels, promoting continuous improvement in standards of design and operation. The current membership of OCIMF comprises 98 companies worldwide.

The SIRE programme is a tanker and barge risk assessment tool used by charterers, terminal operators and government bodies to assist in the assurance of vessel safety. First launched in 1993 to provide a standardised inspection format, with objective reports capable of being shared, it has now gained industry-wide acceptance as a benchmark for vessel inspections and standards. At the heart of the SIRE system is a large database of objective technical and operational information about a range of vessels used for carrying oil, gas and chemicals.​


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