Q88 questionnaire version 6

Updated Version 6 of the Q88 Questionnaire for tankers

Published: 07 March 2024

The updated version 6 of the Q88 questionnaire is adding innovations to the data submission process and questionnaire layout, while also expanding its criteria to cover frequently requested safety and sustainability information.

Q88 is an industry standard for chartering questionnaires for tanker information used for commercial vetting purposes since it was first issued in 1988. Developed with the purpose of increasing safety standards and assessing a ship’s suitability as part of a robust tanker vetting program. Now in its sixth version, Q88 is used by over 1,000 tanker owners, technical managers and charterers and brokers globally. 

Users of the Q88 questionnaire will need to fill in additional data, including new questions surrounding emission compliance and ballast water treatment systems, every time they process a tanker commercial vetting request. 

To help with the transition to the updated version of the Q88 Questionnaire, a sample of the Q88 Questionnaire is available to download here.  

A comprehensive list of changes can be downloaded here.

The BIMCO Liquid Cargo Database contains information for more than 330 cargoes, all updated to the IBC Code 2021 amended requirements, but in order to ensure that the BIMCO Liquid Cargo Database information is kept updated, we highly welcome any feedback in the form of comments, response, information or data regarding a specific cargo.  


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Peter Lundahl Rasmussen


Peter Lundahl Rasmussen

Head of Maritime Information

Copenhagen, Denmark