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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.

EBIS position in vue of the Corona virus

- March 13th 2020
  • Dear EBIS Members, Inspectors and the Inland shipping Industry,

    As we have all seen in the last few days, the situation with CORVID-19 or Corona virus is changing rapidly. The EBIS board continues to monitor the advice from governments across the A.R.A region. Whilst different governments have given different advice to their citizens. The EBIS board’s primary concern is for the safety of people and as such, all EBIS refresher training has been cancelled for the time being. The situation will be reviewed on a regular basis and as soon as it is safe to carry out the training, further training will be undertaken.

    There is no intention to suspend barge inspections at the moment, however this is under constant review. The EBIS board deems that one inspector boarding a barge does not exceed the advice given by Governments at the moment, regarding large scale meetings and crowds.

    The EBIS board is asking all Inspectors to follow Public Health recommendations in their countries and to stay at home if they have a cold, a cough, a sore throat or a fever and avoid contact with others, practice (social distancing).

    We would like to remind everyone how to help stop the spread of this virus.

    • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
    • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
    • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
    • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
    • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
    • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
    • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

EBIS Inspector Refresher Trainings 2020 UPDATE

- March 6th 2020
  • Please note that the venue for the training in Le Havre has been ammended to:
    Hotel Mercure, 4 Rue de Vases, 14600 Honfleur

EBIS position in vue of the Corona virus

- March 4th 2020
  • As a result of the outbreak of the Corona virus many countries are providing their citizens with health and travel advice reflecting that available from the World Health Organisation. WHO.
    That advice continues to develop alongside the situation, with governments issuing advice ranging from suspending all travel to enforcing a quarantine period on those travellers who may have visited affected areas.
    This has added a further layer of complexity to the management of EBIS Inspector and refresher courses. At this moment in time, all planned refresher courses will take place as announced.
    EBIS will of course keep the situation under review and provide updates as they develop and in line with Guidance issued by WHO.
    Please do not hesitate to contact EBIS Management if you have any questions.
    If you have just returned from a high risk country or you are showing symptoms of the virus, please contact your local medical providers and follow WHO guidance before considering attending a course.
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