Electronic environmental record books by Opsealog receive Type Approval Certification from Bureau Veritas

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French digitalization expert Opsealog has been awarded type approval from Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection and certification, for its cloud-based Streamlog Garbage Record Book and Oil Record Book, marking an important step towards the deployment of digital reporting solutions that will save time and enhance data analysis in the shipping industry.

Type approval from BV confirms that both record books meet the IMO guidelines. This will accelerate their implementation onboard vessels by streamlining the Flag State approvals required for any electronic record book solution. By replacing paper logs, Opsealog’s digital record books enable crews to report waste management and oil management information easily and share data securely via the cloud. The solutions are deployed remotely and can work offline when connectivity is poor.

By gathering all the vessel’s information is in one place, the new electronic record books will support compliance with new regulation and facilitate Port State controls and inspections. They will also link to Opsealog’s data integration and analysis platform, MarInsights, where the information can be harnessed to help inform the vessel operator on the best strategies that can be deployed on their fleets to lower their environmental footprint, and limit marine pollution.

Arnaud Dianoux, Managing Director of Opsealog said: “We are delighted to receive type approval from Bureau Veritas for our first two electronic record books. To this day, three-quarters of vessels are still using paper logbooks for regulatory reporting. This means that a huge amount of information, and the potential to use it to improve operations, is currently stuck on paper. Our Streamlog Garbage and Oil Record Books aim to change that. They will ease the reporting workload for crews, while also helping shipping companies make the most of their data.

“Seafarers will know that when they fill reports digitally rather than on paper, the data will be used to deliver greater efficiency, safety and sustainability. In the long term, we believe that greater digitalization will be a key pillar of shipping’s decarbonization ambitions, helping the industry measure their starting point, assess the impact of different solutions, and benchmark progress.”

Christophe Chauvière, Vice-President for South Europe, North Africa and North America at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, said: “The route to efficiency and sustainability for the maritime industry runs through digitalization. Switching from paper to electronic logbooks is a key component of that transition, enabling smarter data collection and recording, and creating more efficient workflows onboard. At Bureau Veritas, we are proud to support industry pioneers like Opsealog who create solutions that will help the industry save time and gain access to the insights needed for a more sustainable future.”

Opsealog’s Garbage Record Book and Oil Record Book are the first two of the new Streamlog series of electronic record books to receive classification approval. This responds to a growing need for digital reporting solutions in shipping, following the adoption in 2019 of the IMO MEPC Resolution 312(74), which has enabled the use of electronic record books in lieu of hard copy record books. Streamlog also addresses the industry’s demand for lighter, cloud-based solutions that do not require the major deployment and maintenance costs of hardware record books. This will help democratize access to electronic record books.

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