Cyprus-based Prevention-at-Sea and Liberia Registry launch electronic oil record book - eORB
Prevention at Sea Ltd, a Cyprus-based maritime compliance technology company, has hooked up with the Liberian Registry to launch an innovative software product designed to replace traditional paper oil record books (ORBs) and to facilitate correct ORB entries into an efficient electronic format, according to hellenicshippingnews.com.
Liberia’s Electronic Oil Record Book (e-ORB) is the most recent in a long line of initiatives designed to make the Liberian-flag fleet the safest, greenest and most efficient afloat. It is intended to address a variety of issues, including oil record books being reported missing on board, failure to document entries in the ORB of internal transfer of oily mixture, discrepancies between entry into the ORB and actual capacity of the oily water separator, and falsification of log entries.
Christian Mollitor, Vice-President of the Liberian Registry, says, “This product will help shipowners proactively comply with regulatory requirements. Many errors found in oil record books are caused by human administrative error rather than wilful non-compliance with MARPOL. However, the consequences of incorrectly recording oil waste transfers are very serious and may lead to criminal prosecution.”
“Through the use of technology, we have developed an IMO-compliant oil record book that eliminates the chance for administrative errors, ensures accuracy and accountability in record-keeping, and is easily auditable both on board and ashore.”
Created in accordance with MARPOL requirements and certified by Lloyd’s Register under MEPC1/Circ. 736/Rev. 2 guidelines, the e-ORB is designed to establish transparency, credibility and traceability. All information is stored electronically through the use of a system back-up, making archiving easier and enabling past data to be revisited.