Leading maritime training provider Videotel, has launched a new virtual reality (VR) training title to help ship operators avoid potential claims running into millions of pounds due to cargo damage caused by insufficient tank cleaning onboard chemical tankers.
Ensuring cargo tanks are properly cleaned to receive their next cargo is a complex operation and is a vital part of safe operation onboard, especially with regards to the carriage of sensitive chemical cargoes.
The effectiveness of tank cleaning for such cargoes is frequently assessed by visual inspection and a methanol wall-wash test which involves the application of a solvent to selected areas of the cargo tank bulkheads. The solvent is then analysed for key quality parameters. If this onboard test is not performed properly or results read wrongly by crew, then this could have the direct result of a vessel being de-berthed and/or additional and unnecessary tank cleaning taking placed with all the associated additional costs and time losses.