Trial of electronic oil record books across Red Ensign Group - Thursday, 28 June 2018
The Red Ensign Group
is to carry out a trial of electronic oil record books across the
thirteen British shipping registries.
agreed by the REG's Technical Forum, with the Isle of Man Ship
Registry taking the first steps and providing industry guidance for
the rest of the group.
The trial was decided
upon at the last forum - which looks at technical aspects related
to the work of the REG - held in May this year.
Oil record books are
used to record all oil or sludge transfers both internally and
externally to and from the vessel. One of its main functions is to
ensure that the Port State and Flag State authorities can monitor
and verify that all oil and sludge transfers are carried out in
accordance with the MARPOL requirements.
Until recently Oil
Record Books have always been a paper publication completed by the
Engineers onboard the ship. The advantage of an electronic Oil
Record Book (eORB) is the calculations are carried out by the
software, which will reduce mistakes and simplify the onboard
deputy director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry said: 'So much of
our life is lived online - from shopping to paying taxes - it makes
sense where we can move over to this kind of technology. We worked
with industry on this which included a very useful presentation
from Prevention at Sea on the use of eORBs. This helped to clarify
and explain how the software works and how it complies with the
'There are some
caveats to this trial - for example, the software must be approved
by one of our recognised organisations to make sure it complies
with the appropriate regulations and
'We've issued a
Technical Advisory Notice setting out the criteria for the
acceptance of electronic oil record books.'
Richard Pellew, who
chairs the Technical Forum on behalf of the Maritime &
Coastguard Agency, said: 'There are practical challenges of
regulation which can draw on the expertise from across the REG. The
REG Technical Forum agreed all REG members would allow trials and
the Isle of Man were the first to get this under way. They've
provided their industry guidance for the reference of the other
the Isle of Man Ship Registry will report back on the trial at the
next meeting of the Technical Forum in November.