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3.0 THE LOADING PORT
When the tanker arrives at its loading port, the preparation of the
cargo tanks and the crew for the cargo loading operation should be complete.
An important part of cargo tank preparation is proper inerting of the
tanks. All tanks must be inerted to 8% oxygen content or less. In some
cases (ie. Sullome Voe), the tanks will be checked by shore personnel
before the vessel will be accepted for loading.
'When in doubt, shut down!'
At any time during the loading operation, if the officer in charge is unsure of what is occurring, his best action is to call for a stop to the cargo loading. When he has evaluated the problem and corrected it, then cargo loading can resume under full control. Shutting down cargo flow when faced with an uncertain situation is a sign of good judgment. Such an action should not be criticised by either the chief officer or the master.