Fuel testing and inspection agency Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) and Norway-based seafarer training firm Seagull Maritime have collaborated to produce new e-learning modules and reflective learning films describing the importance and procedures for fuel testing.
The learning modules are delivered with extensive attention to instructional design and focuses on the expected outcome for the learner.
The main aim of the modules is to improve awareness and reduce risks related to bunkering operations as well as understanding the test results from bunker sampling, and be an effective means to train crew for vessel compliance with regulations.
“Unpredictable fuel quality is a regular cause for concern among ship operators. Apart from creating operational problems, fuels of unknown quality may lead to financial losses or violation of statutory requirements,” says Seagull Maritime.
“Disregarding local or global environmental regulations may result in penalties such as vessel detentions and fines. To protect your company’s assets, you should always determine the quality of fuel purchases before use by testing a representative sample at an accredited laboratory.
“While some fuel buyers may argue that they have not encountered any fuel-related problems, it is increasingly difficult to pinpoint the sources of quality problems because marine fuel is an internationally traded commodity. For this reason, ship operators should constantly monitor the quality of bunkers delivered to their vessels.”
More information about the new e-learning modules are available in the below links:
0414 Fuel oil bunkering – good bunkering practice
0415 Fuel oil bunkering – effective practice & sampling
0416 Fuel oil bunkering – understanding test results
Photo credit: Seagull Maritime
Published: 23 August, 2018
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