Case Studies

The dynamic terminal industry, harsh marine environment, and evolving petroleum engineering market make MOTEMS compliance an ongoing process. The following case studies are examples of MOTEMS compliance projects:

Research, Articles and References

The Commission strives to provide the best achievable protection of public health and safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, the Commission has endorsed and continues to undertake research projects with industry-leading professionals to improve the MOTEMS regulations. Examples are below:

Other Applications

The MOTEMS are one of the only comprehensive engineering standards for marine structures in the industry. MOTEMS is thus frequently applied to marine and waterfront facilities worldwide, regardless of whether the facilities transfer oil, are located in California, or are within the Commission's jurisdiction. Many standards, guidelines, and other applications also reference versions of MOTEMS in part or whole. Examples include:

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Audit Manual and Checklists

The MOTEMS Audit Manual provides a structured template for methodically documenting a marine oil terminal's characteristics and assessing compliance during MOTEMS audits. The Manual is a compilation of 11 Checklists, one for each substantive Division/Section of MOTEMS. While not required for MOTEMS compliance purposes, these checklists have proven to be useful tools for compliance assessment and communications between terminal owners and operators, MOTEMS audit teams, and the Commission.

The "draft" MOTEMS Audit Manual templates (revised May 5, 2017) are available upon request. Please note that these templates may require updates.



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Dr. Avinash Nafday, P.E. (562) 499-6312