The role

Act as POAC for Top Fenders, completing STS operations in Lome, Togo in accordance with TF policies and procedures and OCIMF guidelines.

Main job function

  • Act as brand ambassador for Top Fenders
  • Act as POAC for STS operations both underway and at anchor
  • Comply with procedures and OCIMF STS Checklists
  • Always maintain safe operations and be prepared to stop the job
  • Inspect and deploy STS equipment correctly
  • Confidently lead Joint Plan of Operations
  • Complete safety rounds and checks
  • Report near miss and incidents
  • Carrying out additional tasks as directed by STS Superintendent/Head of HSEQ.

Candidate specification

  • Masters COC
  • Valid DCE
  • Ship simulator course
  • Valid medical
  • All STCW certificates
  • Knowledge of local area of work
  • Adaptable & Flexible, proven record of achievement within marine STS operations
  • Confident communicator

Key responsibilities

In addition to the above, and when acting as POAC, the role will require the following;

  • Act as a brand ambassador for TFL.
  • Comply with the Top Fenders Limited Operating procedures and OCIMF STS check lists.
  • Verifies that agreed STS operating procedures are followed and that the operation is conducted in compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Thoroughly reviews the STS compatibility check list outcome and ensure compliance with Operational Advice Message (OAM) from operations team.
  • Coordinates with operation team to gather information and ensure a mooring plan is prepared well in advance.
  • Inspects both client and 3rd party related STS equipment before and after each STS operation to ensure suitability for the STS operation.
  • Use empowerment authority to reject both Top Fenders Ltd and 3rd party STS equipment if considered unsuitable for STS operation.
  • Oversees the correct placement of primary and secondary fenders.
  • Conducts a safety round upon boarding STS vessel and reviews vessels mooring equipment.
  • Conducts a pre-operation discussion with the responsible persons of both STS vessels, including lightering support craft and tugs as appropriate.
  • Confirms that personnel involved in each part of the operation are properly briefed and understand their responsibilities.
  • Effectively leads the Joint Plan of Operations meeting with both vessels Masters’ to discuss and agree following points where applicable.
  • Emphasize that safety of operation is TFL top priority.
  • Location specific risk assessment for each STS operation.
  • Approach, mooring, anchoring and unmooring plan.
  • TFL Weather criteria for operation, including current and forecasted weather conditions and the need for their continuous monitoring throughout the operation.
  • Agree with both vessels that approach and mooring operations must not be attempted until there is a proper and an effective communication between the vessels, and the pre-mooring checks have been completed
  • For ‘at sea’ transfers, discuss passage plan and agree courses/speeds for manoeuvring and mooring operations.
  • Supervise vessels approach and manoeuvring alongside.
  • Requirements for safety rounds to prevent any incidents.
  • Hose connection, suspension draining and disconnection procedure.
  • Specifies importance of open, clear communication and compliance with Mooring.

Master’s advice

  • Advises the Master(s) of the critical phases of the cargo transfer, mooring and unmooring operation.
  • Ensures operational updates, including fatigue management is provided regularly to LSV.
  • Ensure time sheet tally’s with operational updates.
  • Confirms that all required reports are made to the appropriate authorities.
  • Ensures that all required checklists are duly completed and submitted.
  • Oversees the safe connection of transfer hoses/arms and associated emergency release systems (ERS).
  • Verifies that any emergency shut down (ESD) system is properly connected and tested.
  • Confirms that cargo transfer rates are being monitored together with associated vapour management procedures.
  • Verifies that the integrity of the mooring arrangement is continuously monitored.
  • Ensure that the contingency plans are activated in the event of an emergency.
  • Verifies that cargo transfer lines are properly drained and, where required, purged.
  • Ensures hoses are safely disconnected and secured with blank flanges/hose flange covers. The blank flanges / hose flange covers must be fully bolted always when not being used.
  • Supervises the unmooring and the separation of vessels.
  • Supervises the return of primary and secondary fenders and transfer equipment to safe storage.
  • Duly report incidents and near miss in compliance with company procedure providing all necessary details in a timely manner.
  • Mooring Master should not sign any documents related to cargo quantity or quality, except LOP (for receipt only)


  • An appropriate management level deck license (Master’s COC > 3000 GRT)
  • Completion of 50 STS operations acting as POAC.
  • Attendance at suitable ship-handling course.
  • Thorough knowledge of the geographic transfer area and surrounding areas and.
  • Thorough knowledge of the STS Plan.
  • Dangerous Cargo Endorsement (DEC) – Oil Tanker
  • Dangerous Cargo Endorsement (DEC) – Gas Tanker - if we want him to assign LPG ops
  • Valid medical certificate
  • 5 days STS simulator course from any Government approved maritime training institute
  • Oil spill cleanup training
  • Oil tanker Familiarization - (STCW - Table A-V/1-1-1)
  • Gas tanker Familiarization - (STCW- Table A-V/1-2-1)
  • Advance Oil Tanker Course - (STCW- Table A-V/1-1-2)
  • Advance Gas Tanker Course - (STCW Table A-V/1-2-2)
  • Basic Fire Fighting Course - (STCW Table A-VI/1-2)
  • Advanced Fire Fighting Course - (STCW Table A-VI/3)
  • Personal Survival Techniques - (STCW A-VI/1-1)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities - (STCW Table A-VI/1-4)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats - (STCW Table A-VI/2-2)
  • ECDIS - (STCW Regulation II/2 and III/2)
  • Ship Security Officers (SSO) - (STCW Table A-VI/5)
  • Proficiency in Medical Care - (STCW Table A-VI/4-2)
  • Bridge Team Management - (STCW Table A-II/1)
  • Bridge Resource Management - (STCW Table A-II/2)
  • Human Element & Leadership Management - (STCW- Regulation II/2 and III/2)

Reporting relationships

The role reports directly into the STS Super Intendent.


3 weeks on/ 3 weeks off, remuneration dependant on experience.