The Red Ensign Group is to carry out a trial of electronic oil record books across the thirteen British shipping registries. It was agreed by the REG’s Technical Forum, which is co-chaired by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, with the Isle of Man Ship Registry taking the first steps and providing industry guidance for the rest of the group.
Oil record books are used to record all oil or sludge transfers both internally and externally to and from the vessel.
Cameron Mitchell (pictured), deputy director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry said: ‘We worked with industry on this which included a very useful presentation from Prevention at Sea on the use of eORBs. Richard Pellew (pictured), who chairs the Technical Forum on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, said: ‘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 members.’
Representatives from the Isle of Man Ship Registry will report back on the trial at the next meeting of the Technical Forum in November. The Technical Advisory Notice can be accessed here.