Marine Terminal Management and Self Assessment (MTMSA)
A Best Practice Guide for Terminal Management

Publication Date:              October2012


This book introduces theMarine Terminal Management and Self Assessment (MTMSA) process which has beendeveloped by OCIMF as a standardised tool for global application to assistterminal operators in the assessment of the effectiveness of their managementsystems for berth operations and the management of the ship/shore interface.

Terminaloperators are encouraged to submit the results of their self assessments onlineto OCIMF’s central database for distribution to recipients approved by theterminal operator. Although MTMSA is principally a self assessment tool,external verification of the assessment by existing and potential users of theterminal can providebenefit to the terminal operator.

Thisdocument includes best practice guidance based on current internationallegislation and recognised industry guidelines and codes of practice. Inaddition, in the online version, supplementary information will be available via a ‘Help’ facility to assist users when completing the assessment.

With the publication of MTMSA, the ‘Marine Terminal Baseline Criteria and Assessment Questionnaire’ has been superseded and removed from print.


The MTMSA process offers a standard framework for terminaloperators to assess and improve their management systems.

The process provides operators with guidelines that addressthe elements of a formal management system, which includes:

• Policy documents that identify management values andaspirations
• procedures that are developed to meet the objectives of these policies
• procedures to ensure the effective and safe management of the ship/shoreinterface, including transfer operations
• the employment of competent personnel, including contractors, to implementthese procedures
• the identification of training needs and the implementation of associated trainingprogrammes
• the provision of facilities and equipment, including an associatedmaintenance and inspection system
• the investigation of incidents and near misses to determine root causes sothat effective corrective actions can be implemented
• the identification and analysis of risk in order that effective controlmeasures can be developed and implemented
• the provision of emergency plans and a structured programme of exercises
• a system to effectively manage change
• a process of internal audit and the use of quantifiable indicators to measurethe system’s effectiveness
• the promotion of continuous improvement.

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