Shared reference library of ship equipment manuals - INTERTANKO to initiate a pilot project

INTERTANKO's IT Committee agreed at its meeting last September to develop a repository where INTERTANKO members could download/upload ship equipment manuals and share information. The reference library will be categorised, with possible areas of focus on the following equipment categories: Marine Pollution Prevention, Life-Saving Appliances, Fire Protection, Navigation Equipment and Radio Communication.  


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.  It was first raised by INTERTANKO Managing Director Peter Swift in September at the Tripartite meeting in Seoul between ship owners, shipyards and classification societies, and a fair degree of interest was shown by all parties, although practical and intellectual property rights were recognised as issues needing to be solved. 


The aim is to initiate a pilot project at the end of March 2007 on INTERTANKO's website, with the objective of developing a central data library with fields that will link to suppliers' details, spare part books, catalogues and planned maintenance settings on relevant product and/or its components. For the purpose of the pilot project, the Committee agreed to initially focus on the category of Marine Pollution Prevention equipment.


We would appreciate receiving feedback or comments from members on this project, as well as volunteers for the pilot project.  Please contact the Secretary to the IT Committee, Minerva Alfonso for more details.


Contact:  Minerva Alfonso