IMO amendments for electronic record books entered into force

by Rivertrace

From the 1st October 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) amendments to MARPOL Annexes I, II, V and VI will permit the use of electronic record books entered into force.

SENSƐAS ε-ORB software application will now allow users to replace traditional paper oil record books (ORB) (Part I and Part II) and facilitate accurate ORB entries into an efficient electronic format. This prevents the input of vague entries, incorrect ORB format and code mismatches and supports automatic and secured transmission of records between the fleet and their operator offices by using the existing communication systems onboard.

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The ε-ORB system was the first ORB to be approved by a major flag state (Liberian Registry). Since then it has achieved certification from 3 IACS members and several approvals from most major flag states.

An electronic oil record book (ε-ORB) is a software application designed to replace the traditional paper oil record books (ORB) (Part I and Part II) and facilitate accurate ORB entries into an efficient electronic format. ε-ORB guards against practical ORB issues such as:

  • Missing oil record books
  • Failure to document entries in the ORB of internal transfer of oily mixtures
  • Discrepancies between entry into the ORB and actual capacity of the oily water separator
  • Falsification of log entries