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Nigel Cleave

Nigel Cleave


London, U.K. – 26th March 2015 – Videotel™ has responded to concerns from the U.S. Coast Guard about an increasing number of machinery space fuel leakages when vessels are switching to low sulphur fuel as they comply with MARPOL Annex VI, by producing a programme that will help guide shipowners through the process.

The recent lowering of acceptable sulphur limits for ships operating in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) has also led to calls from the shipowners’ organisation, BIMCO, for governments to exercise robust enforcement of these tighter controls to ensure a continued level playing field.

The Videotel programme: “The Practical Management and Switching of Marine Fuels”, details how to effectively implement fuel oil changeover procedures. It takes into consideration issues such as whether the vessel will require fuel oil service or day tank modifications; whether a crew needs to establish a fuel oil system inspection and maintenance schedule; how to check that all sensors, controls and alarms are operational; and how to ensure that fuel oil switching is done outside busy traffic lanes and designated ECAs.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, said: “It is critical that crews are aware of best practice when switching heavy marine fuel oil to low sulphur fuel because without proper training, serious operational problems can occur impairing a ship’s performance or even, in a worst case scenario, damaging a ship’s main or auxiliary engines.”

The programme is available in DVD,  Videotel on Demand (VOD), VOD online, and e-Learning Computer Based Training (CBT). All are accompanied by a PDF workbook which highlights key learning points.

  • Videotel (www.videotel.com), the market-leading provider of training films, animations, computer-based training, and maritime e-Learning courses, is part of KVH Industries, Inc., a premier manufacturer of solutions that provide global high-speed Internet, television, and voice services via satellite to mobile users at sea, on land, and in the air.
  • KVH is also a global news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail, and leisure.
  • Videotel has issued over 20, 000 formal certificates for its range of courses and has a combination of over 250 approvals, recognitions and accreditations for its courses/CBTs issued by various flag state administrations, classification societies and maritime professional bodies.
  • KVH and Videotel are trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc.

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