How Regs4ships Provides Value
Regs4ships is the industry leading digital regulations tool used by both shoreside teams and onboard crew to keep abreast of the continuous changes in maritime regulations, enabling them to stay compliant at all times. Regs4ships is part of the OneOcean platform, used on 15,000 vessels to ensure compliance is met and delivered with ease at all times through one central solution.
Below are some examples of how different users, both onboard and within shoreside teams, use Regs4ships to mitigate risk, demonstrate compliance and save time.
The Challenge: Monitoring Regulations
QHSE departments are responsible for sourcing and understanding new maritime regulations and amendments to existing ones, so that vessels are prepared to comply with all regulations in force by the time they come into effect. This task involves regularly checking official sources for upcoming amendments to existing regulations and staying on top of new regulations from all applicable regulatory bodies. These bodies include Flag States, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as numerous national, regional and local sources.
There are multiple sources to consult and it can be hard for teams to ensure they are referencing the latest versions all relevant regulatory information.
Regs4ships allows ship and shoreside teams to see upcoming updates to multiple regulations from multiple sources in a one central location. The solution collates data from maritime regulatory bodies around the world and displays the data in a clear, succinct way that is simple to review and process. The user can view all forthcoming amendments categorised by organisation, and receive notifications for when amendments are made. These can then be efficiently actioned so that vessels maintain compliance.
The Challenge: Preparing for Inspections
Following a recent incident, there is an onboard inspection of lifesaving appliances. The crew needs to ensure that there is enough supply in accordance with SOLAS regulations. There is a hard copy of the regulations on board, but they cannot guarantee this is the most recent version of the regulation.
During inspection, it is found that the life jackets onboard are not the correct design due to the type of foam stuffing used inside them, which was updated in a recent regulation amendment that the crew had not been able to access. This results in a failed inspection which causes delays to the voyage and possible fines.
Using Regs4ships, the onboard crew can access the latest guidance from SOLAS to check they have the correct provisions onboard to meet or exceed regulatory requirements prior to inspection, allowing them to pass.
Regs4ships has a dedicated team that regularly updates the regulations in its database, ensuring its users have the most up-to-date information at all times. This ensure that they always have the correct information on hand to remain compliant.