KVH Announces Two Key Leadership Positions for the Global Company

The promotions leverage business and maritime industry experience within the tech innovation company

MIDDLETOWN, RI – November 15, 2018 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), a leader in global mobile connectivity and inertial navigation solutions, today announced that Brent Bruun has expanded his responsibilities as chief operating officer, and Mark Woodhead has been named executive vice president of mobile connectivity. The promotions leverage the business and maritime industry experience of the two leaders.

In his role as chief operating officer, Mr. Bruun will now spearhead corporate business development; oversee all operational and financial aspects of KVH’s mobile connectivity and inertial navigation businesses; lead financial planning and analysis; foster investor relations; and work toward organizational excellence across the global company.
Mr. Bruun joined KVH in early 2008 and served as executive vice president of the mobile broadband group, the company’s largest business unit. Prior to joining KVH, Mr. Bruun was senior vice president with satellite operator SES Americom, and gained his strong corporate financial background from positions held with GE Capital and KPMG earlier in his career.

“I look forward to accelerating growth for KVH as we continue to strengthen our leadership market share with our mobile connectivity products and services, particularly in maritime VSAT, and increase the demand for our inertial solutions in the fast growing autonomous markets,” says Mr. Bruun, who is based in KVH’s global headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island.

In Mr. Woodhead’s new role as executive vice president of mobile connectivity, he takes on leadership for EMEA, Asia, and Americas commercial sales; global leisure sales; KVH VideotelTM and KVH Media Group; global sales operations; and product line management. Mr. Woodhead previously served as KVH’s senior vice president, EMEA, overseeing mobile connectivity sales activities in the region and also overseeing KVH Videotel on a global basis. Mr. Woodhead has a strong background in sales and the commercial maritime industry, having focused on these areas for more than 20 years; he is based in KVH’s Leeds, U.K., office.

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KVH Videotel Announces Sales Director in Middle East for Maritime Focus

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Capt. Milind Karkhanis, an experienced maritime industry professional, will head efforts in Middle East and India

KVH VideotelTM has named Capt. Milind Karkhanis as sales director for the Middle East to develop business in this strategically important maritime location. Capt. Karkhanis has more than 40 years’ experience in the maritime industry, including 15 years at sea on tankers, bulk carriers, and containerships; on shore, he worked in Mumbai and Hong Kong in ship manning and operations roles. Capt. Karkhanis has recently relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“I am looking forward to servicing our current clients in the region and expanding our operations to new clients who are based in this part of the world,” says Capt. Karkhanis. “With the launch of Videotel Performance Manager earlier this month, we have an exciting platform for optimizing crew training, designed to help ship owners and managers effectively train their seafarers and maintain records as required by the IMO and ILO.”

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Hello Nautilus Crew, You’re Connected

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KVH and Ocean Exploration Trust announce partnership enabling Nautilus research crew to have Internet and daily news content while at sea

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 4, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today announced a partnership with Ocean Exploration Trust (OET), the international scientific research organization founded by RMS Titanic discoverer and renowned oceanographer Dr. Bob Ballard, to provide services and products to enhance the onboard experience for OET’s research team. In exchange, the team will provide firsthand feedback on various products that KVH develops.

“I am thrilled to be working with KVH, a leader in satellite communications headquartered right across the bay from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography,” says Dr. Ballard. A professor of oceanography at URI, Dr. Ballard is known for his ocean exploration efforts and his longtime commitment to providing real-time data and video from the vessel to land. “It’s been a dream of mine to have super high-speed data capabilities right from our vessel to reach the next generation of scientists and engineers and keep our own research team as connected as possible.”

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Videotel Develops First Mobile Platform for Maritime eLearning Programmes

VideotelTM, a KVH company, has launched a new eLearning content delivery platform that will allow users to view its comprehensive range of maritime training programmes on a wide variety of devices, including tablets and mobile phones. This development is a leap forward in maritime training delivery and not only provides a superior user experience for the learner, but also paves the way for seafarers to acquire and test knowledge on any device wherever they are on land and sea.

Videotel is the first maritime training company to develop mobile viewing that harnesses HTML5 responsive-design capabilities, where content can rescale dynamically to any screen size or aspect ratio. Additional features that Videotel has incorporated in its mobile platform include touch navigation, a multi-language capability allowing users to easily switch between languages, and an-ECDIS inspired ‘night mode’ that allows the user to select a darker theme that is easier on the eyes in low-light conditions.

“Over the years, we have continually modified our approach to developing training materials to meet the changing needs of our clients and capitalise on improvements in technology,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH senior vice president for training and content. “This new-generation platform has been created to give users maximum flexibility to view content using whatever device suits them. In today’s busy working environment, having an application with such a responsive design will improve and enhance the user experience.”

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New Training Title Delivers Important Message on Sharing Near-Miss Information

Training programme from Videotel and The Standard Club addresses the need to report ‘near-miss’ incidents with others through an open, ‘no-blame’ safety culture

VideotelTM, a KVH company, has announced the launch of a new training programme, “Report a Near-Miss, Save a Life”, in association with The Standard Club, a protection and indemnity (P&I) club, which insures ship owners, operators, and charterers for their liabilities to third parties.

The training programme examines the importance of sharing near-miss reports, so that lessons can be learned and publicised throughout a fleet, to help reduce the chances of similar incidents happening.

Although standards have improved, since the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) adoption of the International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention (ISM Code) in 1993, a high proportion of near misses at sea can still be attributed to human error. This fact was recently highlighted in the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s Safety Digest report which identified that 75% of incidents received by the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) during the past 12 years could be traced to human factors.

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Safety of Hazardous Materials Tackled in Latest Videotel Training Release

hazmat picThis course, which is now widely available to Videotel customers, is designed for onboard crew who are involved with the planning, stowing, and handling of hazardous materials, and for staff ashore dealing with booking these materials as freight

Videotel™, part of KVH Industries, offers a comprehensive training package designed to enable crew and shipping office staff to become familiar with the rules governing the carriage of hazardous materials. These rules are specified in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter C of 49 CFR; in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code produced by the IMO; and, in the relevant parts of Section B-V/c of the STCW Code.

The “HAZMAT Training Course” is included on the latest update to Videotel’s onboard training servers, known as VOD (Videotel On Demand). The package helps shipping companies to better manage costs by enabling onboard training rather than costly and time-consuming shore visits for training sessions.

On successful completion of the course, the participant will be able to use the aforementioned regulations and the IMDG Code to identify, categorise, and quantify highly hazardous or dangerous goods and explain how a product would be classified for an international maritime voyage. The course also indicates where to find advice on what personal protective equipment to wear when dealing with a spillage.

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KVH Announces NEWSlink Live Service with Richer Content to Enhance Digital Life at Sea

NEWSlink Live provides 24/7 world news and ‘play-by-play’ live sports reports to a wide variety of seafarers’ own devices

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LIVERPOOL, UK – November 14, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), is introducing NEWSlinkTM Live, a new digital content service for crew, at the CrewConnect Global conference, in Manila, November 15-16. This next-generation service enables seafarers to receive richer, more dynamic news, sports, finance, and entertainment content on their personal devices, and builds on KVH’s industry-leading NEWSlink service, in use on more than 9,000 vessels worldwide. NEWSlink Live offers crew a powerful digital wireless experience that supports all computers and mobile devices for easy access, while optimising satellite communications bandwidth and costs. NEWSlink Live delivers the existing daily NEWSlink print editions in an enhanced digital format, and also provides free access to a 24/7 world news feed, a unique ‘play-by-play’ live sports feed, and additional supplementary feeds and media services. This enhanced service is enabled by a customised mini-media player, supplied free of charge with every subscription.

“NEWSlink Live creates an improved experience for seafarers and provides a logical ‘next-step’ service to enhance NEWSlink’s existing daily and weekly newspaper service,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH senior vice president for training and content. “NEWSlink Live extends KVH’s commitment to provide the best content services at sea. We can now deliver news in whatever format best suits the vessel and its capabilities – NEWSlink print editions, the richer content of NEWSlink Live, or KVH’s unique IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service, which provides even more with NEWSlink TV.”

As a thought leader in the maritime industry, KVH is the platinum sponsor of the 2016 CrewConnect Global conference, together with maritime training provider VideotelTM, a KVH company. In addition to the NEWSlink Live presentation, there will be a Videotel demo during the conference to showcase a next-generation virtual experience using the latest and most powerful technology of the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) system. The VR demo will enable users to explore a virtual 360˚ engine room space, and be able to perform a maintenance task with the use of wireless motion tracking controllers. “This virtual reality demonstration is a great example of how Videotel is constantly looking to the future and staying ahead of the industry to provide better services and a better understanding of how crews’ competency and well-being can have a dramatic impact on vessel performance,” says Mr. Woodhead. In addition to the NEWSlink service and Videotel maritime training programmes, KVH offers a wide range of solutions for the maritime industry. These services include mini-VSAT Broadbandsm connectivity, TracPhone® VIP-series satellite communications hardware, the IP-MobileCast content delivery service, and the comprehensive KVH OneCare™ service and support programme – a complete solution that KVH refers to as the Power of OneTM.

Videotel’s Ballast Water Management Programme Updated to Help Ships Comply with Newly Ratified Global Treaty

Videotel_Ballast_Water_Management (002)Immediate availability of updated programme will assist shipping in complying with maritime regulations that go into effect in 2017  

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LONDON, UK – October 3, 2016 – VideotelTM, a KVH company (Nasdaq: KVHI), has revised its ballast water management (BWM) training package to address the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s newly ratified BWM Convention, a global treaty that is designed to stop the spread of invasive species from ships’ ballast water. Beginning next year, all ships engaged in international trade will need: a ballast water management plan to remove or neutralize harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens; an International Ballast Water Management Certificate; and, an onboard record book to prove compliance.

Videotel’s training package, Ballast Water Management, Edition 2, available immediately, covers BWM plan implementation including proper record keeping and the need for operator training on a compliant onboard system to treat ballast water and eliminate unwanted organisms. The Videotel programme also describes various approved ballast water management systems that are appropriate for different types of vessels.

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Major Commercial Fleets Committing to New KVH Broadband Airtime Plans

 

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KVH’s usage-based airtime plans provide the fastest possible mini-VSAT Broadband network speeds and innovative cloud-based bandwidth management tools

MIDDLETOWN, RI – September 12, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), is driving a sea change in the way that global maritime fleets are using broadband at sea. The company’s usage-based airtime plans now represent a majority of users on KVH’s global satellite network, mini-VSAT Broadbandsm, which continues to be the market share leader in maritime VSAT.1  In recent months, many of KVH’s largest and most important fleet customers have chosen usage-based plans—including Open plans, the newest set of usage-based airtime plans offered by KVH.

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KVH Offers Videotel’s New Zika Virus Safety Video Free to All Mariners Worldwide

KVH_zika_training_workbook (002)“Zika Virus – Staying Safe,” produced by Videotel, a maritime e-Learning leader, explains the dangers of the virus and how to help prevent its spread

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LONDON, UK – July 27, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it is offering Videotel’s new safety and training video about the Zika virus free to all mariners worldwide. The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the vitally important prevention measures that can keep seafarers and their colleagues and families safe. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus a public health emergency earlier this year. Given the global nature of the maritime industry, it is imperative that seafarers take precautions to prevent further spread of the disease. The prevalence of the Zika virus in such areas as Brazil has heightened concerns with the approaching Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next month.

“Zika Virus – Staying Safe” is a 13-minute training video produced by VideotelTM, a KVH company, with input from the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) and a panel of medical and subject-matter experts. KVH has created a dedicated website for downloading the free Zika safety video and an accompanying workbook. In addition, KVH multicast the training video to its IP-MobileCastTM customers on vessels across the globe, who will automatically receive the video for immediate viewing onboard. To spread the word quickly, the program includes emails targeted to a broad audience and a coordinated social media campaign.

“We are hopeful that our training program and distribution efforts will get this important information to the maritime industry swiftly and thereby help protect seafarers and prevent the spread of the disease,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer.

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Investment in Training Key to Predicted Seafarer Shortage

Maritime training leader notes the importance of attracting a new generation of mariners

LONDON, UK – 18 May 2016 – The BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report released earlier this week indicates that there is a current shortfall of about 16,500 officers and a need for an additional 147,500 officers by 2025 to service the world merchant fleet. Nigel Cleave, CEO of VideotelTM, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has stressed that shipowners and shipmanagers need to invest in seafarer training to help combat this predicted shortfall of officers. Read more

Videotel Training Programmes to Receive Credit Toward Science Degrees as Part of Agreement with Marine Learning Alliance

Credit for prior learning will be given to seafarers who have successfully completed Videotel programmes and are pursuing maritime science degrees

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LONDON, U.K. – April 7, 2016 – VideotelTM, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training programmes and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has announced a partnership with the Marine Learning Alliance (MLA), a U.K.-based specialist in marine industry education and training, to award credits toward a bachelors or masters degree of science (BSc or MSc) to seafarers who have completed certain Videotel courses. Read more

Videotel and Safebridge Conclude Groundbreaking Agreement to Facilitate Onboard ECDIS Type-Specific Certification

New approach to training and certification provides shipping companies with a more efficient, cost-effective way to ensure crew are qualified to operate ECDIS systems safely

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LONDON, UK – Feb. 4, 2016 – VideotelTM, the leading global provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has joined forces with online maritime training business Safebridge GmbH, which specializes in ECDIS training, to provide shipping companies with the unique ability to certify their seafarers on ECDIS type-specific training while serving onboard. More than 30 ECDIS type-specific training courses will be available, which is the most comprehensive offering in the industry. Companies using the award-winning Videotel On Demand (VOD) system will have access to this leading-edge certification route. Read more

Videotel’s New API Enables Integration with Crew Management Software

The newly released Videotel Partner API allows vessel operators to easily store and track crew training information in a single program

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LONDON, UK –January 28, 2016 – VideotelTM, the leading global provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has released the Videotel Partner API, an application programming interface that facilitates the exchange of data between Videotel and any of its clients’ crew management software systems. Videotel developed the API in collaboration with software and solutions developer Netvision, whose products include Compas, one of the leading crew management systems for the maritime industry. The Videotel Partner API is designed to be used with any crew management software; there is no additional fee for the service. Read more

Joe Pitcher Joins Maritime Training Leader Videotel as Sales Director

The new director has extensive experience working with shipowners and shipmanagers and will oversee Videotel’s business development

LONDON, U.K. – 4 December 2015 – VideotelTM, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training programs and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has appointed Joe Pitcher as its sales director to lead business development efforts and liaise with Videotel’s global network of agents and sales offices. “Joe brings with him a wealth of maritime sales experience and I am confident he will develop our already impressive client list and achieve further growth for Videotel,” says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel. “Our team looks forward to working with him to promote our comprehensive range of training solutions.” Read more

Videotel Receives Norwegian Maritime Authority Approval

With this approval, Videotel’s highly regarded training courses have official recognition from the top entity in Norway devoted to maritime issues

MIDDLETOWN, RI, USA, and LONDON, UK – July 13, 2015 VideotelTM, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has received the approval of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for its security training courses.

Videotel’s “Maritime Security Awareness,” “Designated Security Duties,” and “Shipboard Security Officer” training courses have been approved in their entirety by the NMA for meeting the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) codes, and seafarers completing these courses will receive the necessary qualifications and certificates for shipboard duty. The NMA approval enhances Videotel’s reputation with Norwegian ship owners, ship managers, and the offshore sector, which are guided by the Authority on maritime issues. A major maritime center, Norway has a merchant fleet of approximately 1,400 vessels; in 2013, it had one of the top 10 merchant fleets in the world according to deadweight tonnage.

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Videotel Training Film Created for ExxonMobil Marine Wins Media Award

Videotel Training Film Created for ExxonMobil Marine Wins Media Award

The Media Communications Association-International recognized the training video with its highest award

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LONDON, UK – April 29, 2015 – VideotelTM, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has received a highly acclaimed Golden Reel Award from the Media Communications Association-International (MCA-I) in recognition of a training video that Videotel created for ExxonMobil Marine.

The recognition supports Videotel’s role as a major provider of high-quality training films to some of the world’s largest blue chip companies, with an ability to present highly technical material in a compelling manner. Called “Cold Corrosion Insights,” the video was produced for ExxonMobil Marine and explores the harmful effects of acid corrosion in ships’ engines, which can reduce the lifespan of an engine by up to 90% in some cases.

The MCA-I Media Festival, held annually, celebrates excellence in media communications; each film is judged by a panel of media communications professionals.

Iain White, marketing manager at ExxonMobil Marine, welcomed the award as recognition of the quality of the training video. “As technology develops and market demands change, ship owners, managers and charterers need to drive home the need for quality ships. A quality ship is as much about how it is managed as well as how its shipboard staff is trained. Prevention is always better than cure and training your crew to spot and rectify such important technical issues is crucial if ships are to avoid unnecessary and costly downtime.”

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, said it was essential that training solutions produced on a bespoke basis for its clients reflect not only the training demands being placed on the industry by international and regional regulators but also an understanding of the specific needs of the individual clients. “Working alongside a market leader such as ExxonMobil Marine demonstrated the extent to which they are determined to operate to a high level. They are not only interested in producing a market-leading product, but they are also vigilant in making sure that their customers understand how to use it and how to get the most out of it.”

Mr. Cleave added: “Videotel is delighted to have won this very prestigious award. Producing bespoke materials for our clients is a growing area for Videotel and winning this award is a tremendous endorsement for both the Videotel and ExxonMobil Marine teams that helped produce this very informative video.”

Videotel has issued more than 20,000 formal certificates for its range of courses and has a combination of more than 250 approvals, recognitions, and accreditations for its courses/CBTs issued by various flag state administrations, classification societies, and maritime professional bodies.

View the award-winning video, “Cold Corrosion Insights.”

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 LAUNCHES ENCLOSED SPACE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

London, U.K. – 08 January 2015 – VideotelTM, in conjunction with Mines Rescue Marine, has launched the innovative and unique Enclosed Space Management System, designed to help effectively assess, audit and manage the safety of enclosed spaces on board ship and combat the number of accidents and fatalities that all too often occur when problem areas are overlooked.

Beneficial to crew; contractors; surveyors; port state inspectors and office staff; this is currently the only computer-based system available that enables vessels and installations to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) adopted Resolution A.1050(27) “Revised Recommendations for Entering Enclosed Spaces Aboard Ships”, Section 3 – Safety Management for Entry into Enclosed Spaces, as well as the latest SOLAS recommendations for enclosed spaces.

It provides an auditing process to follow, allowing safety risks to be identified and solutions to be put in place. All crew members can contribute to this ‘living’ system by adding their own comments, photographs and experiential data to each space record, ensuring that knowledge is retained and the risk of safety being affected by crew changes is lowered. It also provides ready access to all essential information needed to enter and work within an enclosed space as safely as possible. Gathered information can be viewed ashore as well as on board and a PDF report can be sent directly to any third party by email, as required. All data entered is stored and hosted, and the system itself is updated at regular intervals to reflect changes in laws and regulations.

The Enclosed Space Management System’s auditing process allows for the assessment of internal spaces, entry points and rescue requirements, e.g. the size of manholes; difficulty of entry; ability to rig a man riding winch for rescue purposes; availability and effectiveness of communications; dimensions of the space; internal design features; and the ability to operate whilst wearing breathing apparatus. It also prompts the user to record the manpower and equipment requirements for both entry into and potentially rescue from, a space. On completion of the audit, a simple traffic light warning system is provided, based on the degree of difficulty to get into, operate inside and rescue from each space.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, says: “We are very proud of the Enclosed Space Management System which, we believe, will make a meaningful contribution to industry efforts in the prevention of needless loss of life. As a further extension of its all-encompassing programs on enclosed spaces, Videotel is pleased to be able to take this unique step in helping the maritime industry take a proactive approach towards a significant reduction in issues involving enclosed spaces.”

Raal Harris, Director of e-Learning & Digital Media at Videotel, explained: “We have spent two years working with Mines Rescue Marine researching and developing the Enclosed Space Management System. The Mines Rescue Service has a vast amount of experience and knowledge, as well as specialist skills in the field of rescuing mineworkers from underground. This, combined with Videotel’s expertise in training and e-Learning, has resulted in a practical, easy-to-use system designed to become an essential part of everyday life in the shipping industry.”

Adam Allan, Managing Director of Mines Rescue Marine, states: ”This is the culmination of a two-year project initiated by our realisation that one of the major problems on ships and offshore installations was the lack of detailed audited information on enclosed spaces, and a specifically designed depository for it. We felt that if we could provide a facility which shares information with not only crew members, but others working on board, such as surveyors and contractors, it would considerably increase the safety of people entering and working in these spaces. Together with our partner Videotel, we developed the Enclosed Space Management System, the only such system in the world. We believe it will change the way in which enclosed spaces are dealt with forever.”