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1.1 History of the SIRE Programme
In 1993, OCIMF established a Ship Inspection Report (SIRE) Programme, which enabled OCIMF members tosubmit their ship inspection reports to OCIMF for distribution to OCIMF members and certain qualifying non-OCIMF members.Participation in the original programme, as either an inspecting OCIMF Member or a programme recipient, wasstrictly voluntary and each programme recipient determined independently how to evaluate the informationcontained in the reports received from OCIMF.Under the SIRE Programme, the operator of any ship that is the subject of a report was given a copy of thatreport and the opportunity to submit written comments relating to the report, to both the inspecting OCIMFMember and to OCIMF.Report recipients accessed the SIRE System Index by computer and this permitted the index to be viewed ordownloaded. Programme recipients could order reports and any matching operator comments from the SIREsystem. Reports and comments were transmitted by facsimile to the programme recipients' pre-registeredfacsimile numbers on request.
1.2 Revisions to the Programme
The original SIRE Programme was first revised in 1997 and introduced the means whereby programme recipientswere able to receive reports and any operator comments electronically, as well as by facsimile.Two major changes were also introduced in the 1997 Revised Programme. These were:1. A Uniform Vessel Inspection Procedure; and,2. A Vessel Particular Questionnaire (VPQ)
The SIRE Programme was again revised in 2000.The 2004 revisions made further important changes to the inspection procedure whilst also adding numerousnew vessel types that are inspected under the programme.
Collectively, these are referred to herein as“Vessels”. This 2009 updates the questions, excerpt references and inspector guidance, but no additionalquestions have been added.1 Under the Original 1993 Programme, the inspecting OCIMF Member was free to choose whatever inspectionprotocol and report format it desired. In 1997, the Uniform Vessel Inspection Procedure changed this. TheVessel Particular Questionnaire was a newly developed OCIMF document, also introduced in 1997 and was notpart of the original programme. The Vessel Inspection Questionnaire was further revised in 2000, and the VesselParticulars Questionnaire was also revised in 2003 when a Harmonised Vessel Particulars Questionnaire(HVPQ) was introduced. Updated VIQs were published in 2004, 2005 and 2008.2 The SIRE Programme is now expanded to include the inspection of barges carrying petroleum products,chemicals, or gas, or vessels used in the carriage of packaged petroleum products or gas, or road tankerscarrying the same commodities. Towing vessels that are utilised in the handling of barges carrying the abovelisted products may also be inspected under the SIRE Programme. The inspection of these vessels andassociated questionnaires are addressed in separate questionnaires.