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Practical Considerations for Selecting Electronic Record Book (ERB) Products and Suppliers
17 July 2020
With such a wide range of ERB platforms on the market, coupled with a variety of company-specific requirements, INTERTANKO’s Environment Committee felt that sharing the Member experiences and knowledge it has gathered in the form of a guidance document would benefit the Membership as a whole when considering which options may be useful for their company.
The IMO Guidelines provide an explanation of the necessary design and structure of the ERBs intended for use on board. However, several suppliers have now launched ERBs onto the market with INTERTANKO Member companies testing many of the more advanced options.
As experience with the various platforms and products on the market grows, it has become clear that no two systems are alike and that each product tends to provide different advantages/solutions for different types of tanker owner and manager. This is largely contingent on fleet size, product integration with current software options and the Administration’s preferred options and requirements for ERBs.
This guidance document from INTERTANKO may be used to assist with an initial assessment for introducing ERB software and making a decision on what product is most appropriate for the company.