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EBIS / OCIMF Transition Webinar

- November 23th 2020
  • Dear EBIS member, Inspector or Barge Operator.

    In order to create a single barge inspection scheme within Europe, the European Barge Inspection Scheme (EBIS) is being transitioned into the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) Ship Inspection Report (SIRE) programme.

    Are you ready for the 01 January 2021 transition?

    Members of the SIRE/EBIS Transition Taskforce will provide an update on the transition and provide practical guidance to Programme Users and Accredited Inspectors to ensure all requirements for the transition have been completed before the 01 January 2021 transition deadline.

    All EBIS and SIRE Programmes Recipients, Submitting Companies, Accredited Inspectors and Vessel Operators are encouraged to join and will have the opportunity to raise any queries concerning the transition with speakers and panellists.

    To attend the Webinar on Thursday 26th November at 13:30 G.M.T , simply register here

OCIMF-EBIS Transition: update

- November 19th 2020
  • The European Barge Inspection Scheme (EBIS) is being transitioned into the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) Ship Inspection Report (SIRE) programme. Work to ensure the smooth transition has been progressing at pace, with the full integration of EBIS into SIRE on track to be completed by the 1 January 2021 deadline.

    The vast majority of EBIS members are now engaged in the SIRE programme, with a small number currently completing the registration process. A significant proportion of EBIS accredited inspectors are already SIRE Cat 3 accredited, undergoing accreditation or engaged in a transition course, with almost all EBIS inspectors expected to be SIRE Cat 3 accredited by the new year.

    From a systems standpoint, integration of the EBIS9 (questionnaire and vessel technical information) has now been integrated into SIRE and will be available in English, Dutch, French and German languages. The EBIS crew matrix templates have also been successfully transferred into SIRE, and beta testing of the end-to-end IT process is currently underway, to be completed by the end of this month. Support for transitioning the IT systems is available to all members through the OCIMF-EBIS Transition Taskforce.

    As the coming weeks will be critical in finalising the integration process and ensuring the continued smooth transition is completed by 1 January 2021, the OCIMF-EBIS Transition Taskforce encourages all members, programme users, vessel owners and operators and inspectors to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document which provides additional guidance. Further communication will be provided by the end of the month, including a Transition Checklist and a Webinar. The FAQs can be viewed following this link

    Should you have any queries, please contact Matthew Graham and Robert Brook

EBIS - AGM and Extended General Meeting, 28th September 2020

- September 16th 2020
  • On behalf of the EBIS chairman and board of directors, we would like to invite you to attend a remote EBIS AGM and Extended General Meeting on the 28th September 2020. During the AGM, which is open to all EBIS member company representatives, we will discuss finances, appointment of a new Director and AOB. The Extended EGM will discuss EBIS / OCIMF Transition, training, websites and way forwards in detail and AOB. This will be open to the wider audience of stakeholders.

    At the AGM, EBIS members will be asked to hold a vote regarding the appointment of a new EBIS director. You may have heard that Pavel Tomanek, has stepped down from the board for personal reasons. If you, or a member of your organisation would like to fill the position of Administrator on the board of directors. Please send a brief email to The Chairman and board members . i.e. Bob Brook,, Graeme Gardner, Maayke van Noort, indicating your background and experience and why you would like to become a member of the board of directors.


    Location: online meeting via Microsoft Teams

    Date: Monday 28th September 2020

    Time: CEST

    • 10:00 to 12:00 AGM

    • 12:00 to 13:00 Lunchbreak

    • 13:00 to 17:00 Extended EGM

    All members and representatives have received an invitation link per e-mail.

OCIMF/EBIS Transition Update – Taskforce Formed

- August 24th 2020
  • As announced on 24 June 2020 key elements of the European Barge Inspection Scheme (EBIS) will transition to OCIMF’s SIRE programme from 1 January 2021. This will create a single barge inspection scheme within Europe.

    To oversee the smooth transfer of EBIS into SIRE, the OCIMF/EBIS Transition Taskforce has been established, which includes members of the EBIS Board of Directors, OCIMF Members and secretariat. The first meeting of the taskforce was hosted remotely on 13 August 2020. Representatives of the wider European inland barge industry will be invited to future meetings.

    OCIMF/EBIS Transition Taskforce will coordinate all activity relating to the transition of key elements of EBIS, including the EBIS vessel questionnaire templates - technical information templates currently in development by EBIS, Version 9. The Taskforce will also provide oversight on all work relating to:

    • Integrating EBIS member applications to become SIRE programme recipients.

    • Supporting accredited EBIS Inspectors looking to attain SIRE Cat 3 accreditation for the European region following application and completion of a training course.

    • Assisting vessel Owners and Operators in transferring their fleet’s EBIS technical information into the SIRE database.

    Over the course of the transition period, training courses and webinars will be hosted by the OCIMF/EBIS Transition Taskforce to support OCIMF member companies, existing EBIS member companies, accredited EBIS and SIRE Inspectors as well as vessel Owners and Operators. Details of the training courses and webinars will follow in due course.
    Should you have any queries or require support, please contact a member of the EBIS board of Directors. Robert Brook , Maayke van Noort, Graeme Gardner , Pavel Tomanek or Matthew Graham for OCIMF related help.

OCIMF-EBIS Transition: MoU announcement

- June 24th 2020
  • The EBIS Board of Directors has the pleasure to inform its members, EBIS inspectors and the barge industry that a formal MOU has been signed between OCIMF and EBIS. The EBIS board of directors looks forward to this transition and the ability to build on the success of EBIS over the last 20 years.

EBIS transition to OCIMF - FAQ

- April 6th 2020
  • The EBIS Board of Directors wants to bring to your attention the document with Frequently Asked Questions concerning the EBIS transition to OCIMF.

EBIS AGM 22/04/2020

- March 24th 2020
  • Following the advice on the WHO and Government websites, by preventing a large group of people gathering together and maintaining social distancing, the EBIS AGM which was scheduled for April has been postponed for the time being, with a tentative plan to hold the AGM in June. Though the date isn’t fixed as yet, the EBIS board of directors will continue to monitor advice given and notify its members when the next AGM date is fixed.

Advice to Members and the Barge Industry

- March 17th 2020
  • We would suggest to the barge industry and our members, that whilst an EBIS inspection has a validity of 12 months, it would be prudent at this time and with the uncertainty in this rapidly changing environment, to organize the inspection of their barges at an earlier date to ensure that there is sufficient time to rebook an inspection if one fails, due to an inspector being ill or unavailable in one location. This should allow sufficient time to reschedule another inspection before the old EBIS inspection expires.

    If the barge owner is unable to organize a timely conducted inspection in this difficult times and has documented evidence that they have tried to obtain an inspection in a reasonable time frame and reasonable location, EBIS would encourage its members to take a pragmatic approach to the inspection validity in this rapidly changing environment.
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