2015 Tripartite Meeting Discussions

The annual Tripartite meeting between shipowners, shipbuilders and classification societies was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 16 and 17 October 2015. The meeting was attended by 100 high level representatives of the industry, including chairmen and executives of the Round Table Associations (BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo and INTERTANKO) and OCIMF, IACS with its Class Society Members and CESS with the Shipbuilder Associations. Read more

VIDEOTEL PROGRAMME HELPS SHIPOWNERS WITH LOW SULPHUR FUEL SWITCHOVER PROCEDURES

London, U.K. – 26th March 2015 – VideotelTM has responded to concerns from the U.S. Coast Guard about an increasing number of machinery space fuel leakages when vessels are switching to low sulphur fuel as they comply with MARPOL Annex VI, by producing a programme that will help guide shipowners through the process.

The recent lowering of acceptable sulphur limits for ships operating in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) has also led to calls from the shipowners’ organisation, BIMCO, for governments to exercise robust enforcement of these tighter controls to ensure a continued level playing field.

The Videotel programme: “The Practical Management and Switching of Marine Fuels”, details how to effectively implement fuel oil changeover procedures. It takes into consideration issues such as whether the vessel will require fuel oil service or day tank modifications; whether a crew needs to establish a fuel oil system inspection and maintenance schedule; how to check that all sensors, controls and alarms are operational; and how to ensure that fuel oil switching is done outside busy traffic lanes and designated ECAs.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of VideotelTM, said: “It is critical that crews are aware of best practice when switching heavy marine fuel oil to low sulphur fuel because without proper training, serious operational problems can occur impairing a ship’s performance or even, in a worst case scenario, damaging a ship’s main or auxiliary engines.”

The programme is available in DVD, Videotel on Demand (VOD), VOD online, and e-Learning Computer Based Training (CBT). All are accompanied by a PDF workbook which highlights key learning points.

VIDEOTEL LAUNCHES ENERGY MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSE

London, U.K. – 26 January 2015 – VideotelTM, a KVH company, has developed a training course designed to guide maritime personnel in addressing one of the industry’s most important issues: energy management. Experts agree that effective energy management is not just good business practice but also demonstrates a company’s commitment to help reduce its carbon footprint and world energy use.

Called “ISO 50001 Energy Management Training Course,” the Videotel program is designed to help organisations achieve effective energy management by setting out a sequence of procedures and systems for them to implement. Gaining ISO 50001 gives a company a competitive edge through improved environmental performance and productivity and reduced fuel costs. It also helps to minimise risk and increase energy security.

“This is an excellent programme for ship owners and ship managers who want to review their energy performance,” says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel. “Whilst ships are considered to be the most fuel-efficient way of transporting cargo, there are still areas where improvements can be made. By following our course, shipping personnel will learn how to successfully implement an energy management programme that will not only help to reduce their company’s operating costs but will also result in a better environment.”

The Videotel course includes seven modules aimed at officers, crew, and shore-based staff, and presents the information by depicting how a fictitious shipping company is going about establishing and implementing an energy management system (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001.

This approach is important as it is vital that the learner can relate to the issues that may arise in a similar type of business. The course also includes shipping-industry-specific measures relating to energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, such as MARPOL’s progressively tighter fuel and emission controls in Emission Control Areas, a major compliance issue for maritime operators.

Videotel’s “ISO 50001 Energy Management Training Course” is delivered using interactive e-Learning Computer Based Training (CBT), allowing learners to follow easy on-screen instructions. This approach will help shipping personnel implement the standard far more easily as they will have gone through relevant scenarios specific to a shipping company.

VIDEOTEL PROGRAMMES HELP SHIP OWNERS PREPARE FOR JAN 1 MARPOL ANNEX VI DEADLINE

Ship owners and ship managers need to be aware that the MARPOL Annex VI limits applicable in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) for sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter, having already been reduced to 1.00% in 2010, are being further reduced to just 0.10 %, effective from 1 January 2015.

Videotel’s “MARPOL Annex VI Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, Edition 2” focuses on ways that ship owners can reduce the main air pollutants contained in exhaust gas through engine design, tuning, and maintenance. Procedural guidelines for incinerator use are also described and the need for training is emphasised.

The programme also covers new MARPOL Annex VI regulations concerning the management of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) which prohibit deliberate venting of ODS often found in air conditioning, refrigeration, and fire fighting systems.

Furthermore, Videotel has also produced “The Practical Management and Switching of Marine Fuels” programme, specifically designed to provide a practical guide to what is required of officers and engineers to process fuel oil from the bunker tank to the engine.

The programme addresses MARPOL Annex VI and emphasises the importance of monitoring every stage of filtering and purification to ensure the most efficient combustion is achieved, cleanly and economically. Topics include marine fuel oils; bunkering; storage and settling tanks; centrifuge; heaters and filters; fuel combustion; fuel switching; planning; and temperature and viscosity control.

“It is vital that ship owners and ship managers are aware of, and comply with the ever tightening of limits set by MARPOL Annex VI. Our programmes are designed to help them make this transition and avoid potentially serious issues when switching marine fuels,” explains Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel.

Both programmes are available in DVD, Videotel on Demand (VOD), VOD online, and eLearning Computer Based Training (CBT). All are accompanied by a PDF workbook which highlights key learning points.