IRS Education & Training Drive Improves Performance
Classification society International Register of Shipping (IRS) has not had a single vessel detained by maritime administrations during the past two months thanks to an education and training drive.
During September and October, no IRS certificated vessels inspected by government Port State Control (PSC) organizations were detained, according to figures released by monitoring organization the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control.
The strong performance comes on the back of IRS’s increased focus on education and training for staff and clients.
IRS has invested heavily in the ongoing training of its surveyors and has an annual meeting of its global team for both training and to promote and improve its internal quality management system throughout the group.
A program of regular bulletins has been created to send to all surveyors to ensure they are always up to date with the latest regulations and to ensure IRS’s processes and procedures remain uniform throughout the group.
IRS Managing Director Said Nassif says: “This is great news and goes to show that our education and training drive is having a positive impact on performance."
“We are determined to help our customers reduce their PSC detentions."
“Education, Enforcement and Encouragement have been identified as being effective in helping to reduce PCS detentions related to the Recognized Organization responsibilities, while also increasing safe and appropriate behaviour of our customers.”
IRS has also produced both a Ports State Control CD and a pocket-sized checklist/notebook which have been distributed to all clients and partners.
The CD includes an introduction to PSC, explaining its purpose and regulations, as well as a manual and checklist.
The Notebook, which also includes a PSC checklist as an aide memoire, is designed to be carried by officers on board to note potential problems and make sure they are sorted out before the ship arrives in port.
IRS has also established its own training school, International Register Training Institute (IRTI) which is rapidly expanding its range of services and continues to gain accreditations from the USCG and others.