Maritime training provider Videotel is offering free access to its new training package called: “The 2020 Sulphur Regulations – Achieving Compliance”. 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 are all explained in a video.

As of 1 January 2020, the limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships operating outside designated emission control areas needs to be reduced to 0.5 per cent to comply with new regulations as set out by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). 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 these options and explains what ships need to do if things go wrong.

The training package offered by Videotel covers the following areas:

  • 2020 sulphur regulations overview
  • Methods of compliance
  • Fuel availability
  • Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report (FONAR)
  • Ship Implementation Plan (SIP) and inspections

‘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,’ said Raal Harris, Videotel’s Managing Director.

The training package can be accessed on the Videotel website.

eLearning Course

Videotel is also working with industry partners on an eLearning course, primarily aimed at ships’ Chief Engineers. This course will present 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 per cent sulphur fuel in boilers, which will be available later this year.

Picture: Using low sulphur complaint fuels is one option but will stocks be available world-wide? (picture by Videotel)