Monday, November 14, 2011

Advances In Hull Treatment Mean More Inspectors For Bulk Freight and Container Vessels

Lloyds Register Announce New Online Courses
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UK – WORLDWIDE - In order to ensure the competence of those responsible for ensuring the compliance with current marine coatings standards and to promote maritime safety Lloyd’s Register now offers new online courses to help meet the demand for qualified inspectors. Many container and bulk freight vessel designers and builders/re-furbishers now find it necessary to research, produce and apply coatings which lower the friction of a hull as it passes through the water as part of the ongoing efforts to reduce fuel usage and decrease harmful emissions.

Additionally with the banning of tributyltin (TBT) and similar anti fouling coatings, some of which are more lethal than cyanide, the marine paint industry has had to increasingly develop non toxic coatings using hydrophobic and hydrophilic technology which need different application techniques to ensure their efficacy. Lloyds ‘Coatings and Corrosion Control with the use of Protective Coatings’, is an internationally accredited series of coatings-inspection courses and Andrew Williamson, Lloyd’s Register’s Marine Training Manager commented:

"Students will be able to earn either certificates or diplomas, depending on the level they study, in coatings and corrosion control. The qualification achieved by taking the course on Performance Standards for Protective Coatings is equivalent to the NACE and FROSIO qualifications required by IMO and IACS. Students can learn and progress at their own speed, and when it is convenient for them. These courses make it easier and more cost-effective for unlimited numbers of students to enrol."

The courses are recognised by the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr), the British Coatings Federation (BCF), the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) and the University of Portsmouth and after users have registered and paid their fees, they will gain access to the online training and will have 12 months in which to complete the course. They must achieve 100% to pass.

To achieve the IMO PSPC certificate, students must also pass (with a minimum 70% mark) a theoretical and practical assessment. For the diploma course, following completion of the online training section, students will need to produce written assignments for a number of specialist subjects. A three-hour examination then completes the diploma course.

A demonstration of how simple it is to register and navigate the website is viewable HERE and anyone wishing to register can do so simply HERE.

Photo: Courtesy of SSPC