Videotel offers free training package on 2020 sulfur compliance

(LONDON) — Maritime training provider Videotel has announced that it is offering the maritime industry free access to its new training package called “The 2020 SulFur Regulations – Achieving Compliance."

As Jan. 1, 2020 is rapidly approaching, this free awareness video clearly sets out the new regulations, where and how they apply, how they are to be enforced and what crews and owners need to do to be compliant. In essence there are three main ways to achieve compliance:

• Burn compliant fuels
• Use alternative fuels
• Install an exhaust gas cleaning system or "scrubber"

The video outlines the pros and cons of each of the above options and explains what ships need to do if things go wrong.

The training package covers the following areas:

• 2020 sulfur regulations overview
• Methods of compliance
• Fuel availability
• Fuel oil non-availability report (FONAR)
• Ship implementation plan (SIP) and inspections

“Making sure that the industry complies with the sulfur 2020 fuel cap is so important that we wanted to show our support for this industry by offering this advice for free,” said Raal Harris, Videotel’s managing director. “We have had tremendous support from within the industry in putting this video together and making it freely available seemed the right thing to do. Preparation is key to achieving 2020 compliance and we look at the key ways in which this can be achieved."

A special landing page has been created on the Videotel website for interested parties to access the video.

Videotel is also working with industry partners on an e-learning course, primarily aimed at ships’ chief engineers, that presents the key points of the MARPOL requirement, including implementation planning, fuel management and planning, procedures for establishing compatibility, fuel switching, and use of 0.5 percent max sulfur fuel in boilers. It will be available later this year.

By Professional Mariner Staff