Tank cleaning is a regular job that must be performed on a tanker. No exception for this tanker. Astipal, a 330 meters long VLCC. Come to Batam specifically to carry out tank cleaning. It’s a big job that has to be handled by people who is experienced and know what to do.
For this job, even before the VLCC arrived. BatamAgent must prepare all the required formalities. Starting from tank cleaning permits, arranging visas for foreign surveyors, pre-arrival inward clearance, and other necessary things. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have to book hotel rooms for foreign surveyors or owner representatives who come from abroad for self-quarantined before they can carry out their job. Crew change is also another task that must be taken care of. Crew repatriation amid this pandemic has become a challenge. Off-signers must be test before travelling and the On-signers must be self-quarantined upon arrival before joining the vessel.
Tank cleaning workers also need special attention. Even though they are local workers, they still have to go through health protocol related to Covid-19. All workers who will board the ship are required to carry out a rapid test. And with full discipline they are obliged to follow all the rules set while on board. For tank cleaning workers, we provide a special accommodation barge for them to stay during this project.
Fresh water, bunker and provision must be supplied regularly. And we, BatamAgent, prepare it all so that this work can run smoothly.
This job is not finished yet. When the tank cleaning is done, BatamAgent must arrange repatriation of the foreign visitors. Hotel rooms if needed. And maybe visa extension if required for them to stay longer until the departure of the VLCC. For departure, all formalities must also be fulfilled. CIQP outward clearance must be executed until the port clearance is obtained.