San Antonio and Norwalk, June 10, 2008 - Tesoro Maritime Company (“Tesoro”) and Q88.com LLC. ("Q88") announced today the completion of a project to integrate Tesoro’s vetting system with Q88.com’s questionnaire system.
The integration allows tanker, barge and tug owners to complete Tesoro’s vetting questionnaires directly on http://www.q88.com/tesoro.aspx. The data is automatically sent into TESORO ‘TASC’ vetting system, developed and maintained by Maritime Information Systems, further improving the efficiency of the vetting process to the benefit of the owners and TESORO alike.
Fritz Heidenreich, President of Q88, said, "Questionnaires are an integral part of the pre-fixture and vetting process, integrating with TESORO is an added benefit for all the parties involved and will ensure that the vessel can be vetted in a timely manner."
Tim Plummer, President of Tesoro Maritime Company, said, “Q88.com has simplified the vetting process for us as well as for vessel owners. Now, we receive an email alert when a new questionnaire has been received and we can efficiently screen the details of the vessel in our vetting system without having to reenter vessel data.”
The Q88 web site was launched in June 2001. There are currently 575 questionnaires available, which are being used by over 375 ship owners representing 4,500 vessels.
Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 150 Company, is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. Tesoro operates seven refineries in the western United States with a combined capacity of approximately 660,000 barrels per day. Tesoro’s retail-marketing system includes over 880 branded retail stations, of which more than 460 are company owned retail stations.
The www.Q88.com web site can be accessed for more information.
Deb Cobb Tesoro Maritime Company
Tel: +1 (210) 626-7439
Fax: +1 (210) 881-6470
Peter Renehan / Catherine Foley
Tel: +1 (203) 662-2671
Fax: +1 (203) 662-2783