Videotel and Mines Rescue Marine launch innovative enclosed space management system

VideotelTM, in conjunction with Mines Rescue Marine, has launched an Enclosed Space Management System, designed to help effectively assess, audit and manage the safety of enclosed spaces on board a ship and combat the number of accidents and fatalities that occur when problem areas are overlooked.

Beneficial to crew, contractors, surveyors, port state inspectors and office staff; this is currently the only computer-based system available that enables vessels and installations to comply with the IMO’s adopted Resolution A.1050(27) - “Revised Recommendations for Entering Enclosed Spaces Aboard Ships”, Section 3 – Safety Management for Entry into Enclosed Spaces, as well as the latest SOLAS recommendations for enclosed spaces.

It provides an auditing process to follow, allowing safety risks to be identified and solutions to be put in place. All crew members can contribute to this ‘living’ system by adding their own comments, photographs and experiential data to each space record, ensuring that knowledge is retained and the risk of safety being affected by crew changes is lowered. It also provides  access to all essential information needed to enter and work within an enclosed space as safely as possible. Gathered information can be viewed ashore as well as on board and a PDF report can be sent directly to any third party by email, as required. All data entered is stored and hosted, and the system itself is updated at regular intervals to reflect changes in laws and regulations.

The Enclosed Space Management System’s auditing process allows for the assessment of internal spaces, entry points and rescue requirements, e.g. the size of manholes, difficulty of entry, ability to rig a man riding winch for rescue purposes, availability and effectiveness of communications, dimensions of the space, internal design features and the ability to operate whilst wearing breathing apparatus. It also prompts the user to record the manpower and equipment requirements for both entry into and potentially rescue from, a space. On completion of the audit, a simple traffic light warning system is provided, based on the degree of difficulty to get into, operate inside and rescue from each space.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel commented, “We are very proud of the Enclosed Space Management System which, we believe, will make a meaningful contribution to industry efforts in the prevention of needless loss of life. As a further extension of its all-encompassing programs on enclosed spaces, Videotel is pleased to be able to take this unique step in helping the maritime industry take a proactive approach towards a significant reduction in issues involving enclosed spaces.”

Raal Harris, director of e-Learning and digital media at Videotel explained, “We have spent two years working with Mines Rescue Marine researching and developing the Enclosed Space Management System. The Mines Rescue Service has a vast amount of experience and knowledge, as well as specialist skills in the field of rescuing mineworkers from underground. This, combined with Videotel’s expertise in training and e-Learning, has resulted in a practical, easy-to-use system designed to become an essential part of everyday life in the shipping industry.”

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