25 April, 2016 (Rotterdam) – Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) and Seagull Maritime AS announced today that they have signed a collaborative agreement that will capitalise on their complementary strengths to bring state-of-the-art fuel management training to the maritime industry.
First conceived to plug a gap in the knowledge and experience of ship managers and vessel crews in fuel management, this novel but comprehensive computer-based training tool is now being developed to provide e-learning onboard and ashore.
“As the pioneer of fuel quality testing and analysis with more than three decades of global experience, we have noticed a pressing need for seafarers to fully understand fuel quality issues and learn how to handle such challenges. At the same time, we have also observed that ship crew are invariably short-handed and hard-pressed for time,” said Gerard Rohann, CEO of VPS.
”Hence, now more than ever before, such fuel-related knowledge and capabilities are increasingly becoming the keys to mitigating engine breakdowns and unplanned operational downtime. We will give our clients a competitive edge by bringing carefully designed e-learning to their crew and staff, anywhere, anytime, and by leveraging technology and combining our unique competencies with those of Seagull Maritime.”
“As the leading provider of computer-based training systems to the shipping industry worldwide with 9500 user sites, it is logical for us to gravitate toward VPS, the recognised leader in fuel testing and inspection, to provide e-learning on total fuel management solutions for our customers,” added Oscar Johansen, Chairman of Seagull Maritime AS.
The first module of the comprehensive computer-based educational and training system will focus on fuel sampling, testing and bunkering, and is expected to be ready for the shipping industry by the middle of the year.
Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) delivers testing, inspection and advisory solutions that help customers achieve measurable improvements to fuel management, fuel cost, operational efficiency and marine fuel regulatory compliance. In close collaboration with the industry, the company introduced the first commercial bunker fuel testing and bunker quantity surveys for ships in 1981 and 1987, respectively.
VPS operates a global network of customer service offices supported round-the-clock by technical experts integrated with four specialised and wholly-owned ISO 17025 accredited fuel testing laboratories strategically located in Rotterdam, Singapore, Houston and Fujairah. Its bunker quantity surveys are available at more than 200 key bunkering ports worldwide.
Seagull Maritime AS is the leading provider of competence management solutions and e-learning material for seafarers worldwide and offers a comprehensive library of training and onboard courses for regulatory compliance and improved seafarer knowledge.
Founded in 1996 by experienced mariners we have grown into a dynamic company in partnership with leading shipping companies to deliver a full range of competence management, training administration, assessment and training tools that ensure meeting and exceeding STCW and IMO standards.
At Seagull Maritime we understand the unique challenges facing shipping companies today and we are committed to leading the maritime world in providing training solutions for seafarers. Seagull’s solutions have been delivered to over 9500 ships and office installations around the world.