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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

IT Committee discusses online library of ship equipment manuals

Eyvind Klewe, Brostrom Tankers AS, chaired last week the third meeting this year of the IT Committee in Singapore


Referential Library of Ship Equipment


The lack of ship equipment manuals, as well as the difficulty of obtaining these from manufacturers, has been a long-standing issue in the IT Committee. The Committee is in the process of developing a repository where INTERTANKO members can upload their existing manuals, thereby providing a facility for information sharing.  The referential library will be categorised and the Committee agreed that it will initially focus on anti-pollution equipment. It will examine copyright issues before the library on ship equipment is made available to members. 


At the recent meeting of the Tripartite in Seoul, INTERTANKO MD Dr. Peter Swift included the above as a report item, and a fair degree of interest was shown by all parties, although practical and intellectual property rights were raised as issues needing to be solved. 


The aim is to launch the library on the INTERTANKO Website at the end of March 2007.  We would be grateful for any feedback or comments from members, including volunteers for the pilot project.  Please contact the Secretary to the IT Committee Minerva Alfonso to register your interest.


IT Training for ship/shore staff


The Chairman made reference to the members’ replies to the IT Questionnaire where it was noted that members considered the following IT issues as most relevant to their operations:

a)     IT training for crew,

b)     CBT (computer-based training),

c)     on-board distance learning software


At the request of the Committee, Robert Rayner from IDESS (International Development and Environmental Shipping School) gave a presentation that focused on distance learning with CBT.  He explored the various types of CBTs, as well as the benefits and advantages of this particular learning tool. However, he also stressed the importance of ensuring that its content, which is the most important element of CBT, is properly verified.  The majority of CBTs currently in use did not undergo an accreditation process, although some producers do have an internal procedure within their own quality systems.


IDESS (International Development and Environmental Shipping School - is an associate member of INTERTANKO, and is an independent organisation providing training services to the maritime and offshore industries. For a copy of Rayner’s presentation, click here. The IT Committee is working closely with the newly established Human Element Committee on the issue.


Contact: Minerva Alfonso