Part X Training - TP 4295 E

Transport Publication TP 4295 E

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63. (1) An inert gas installation is an important feature of a tanker’s safety system and training in its use is essential.

(2) The requirements for training depend upon the policies of the shipping company concerned, as well as the Board; this Part is not intended to specify any particular training policy, but to set out a number of alternatives that can be adapted.

Personnel Requiring Training

64. (1) This section does not spell out in detail a syllabus for courses in the design, operation and maintenance of inert gas systems, but it is suggested that any syllabus should cover the same ground as that contained in this Standard.

(2) Such practical training can only be given, however, if those in charge of, and responsible for, the vessel’s safety and performance are themselves completely familiar with the type of installation fitted, and the hazards associated with its use; it is recommended that the training of both deck and engine room personnel is co-ordinated to ensure a common understanding of the procedures.

(3) The vessel shall be equipped with the necessary manufacturers’ manuals and instructions to give information about carrying out the various operations.

Location of Training

65. Training may take place aboard or ashore; if shore training in basic design and operation is given, personnel should be made familiar with the equipment on board ship.

Some training Methods

66. Currently three methods are used in training; companies may practice one, or a permutation of the following:

  1. on board training by shipping company staff;

    This may be carried out either by a senior member of the ship’s company who has been made responsible for training, or by a specialist who joins the vessel for part of a voyage; films and other suitable audio-visual aids can enhance such a training programme; under these circumstances, it should be possible to deal with the theoretical as well as the practical aspects.

  2. specialist shore-based training

    This can be undertaken by nautical colleges either in consultation with shipping companies or manufacturers; a one-week course should cover the subject adequately.

  3. shore-based training by shipping company staff

    Training under this heading may occur either as part of a company cargo courser, or, for example, as part of a senior officer’s seminar where appropriate time may be devoted to a discussion of inert gas and operating problems.

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