How to correctly use loading programs?
In light of the recent North P&I Club recommendations on how the ship operators may reduce the problems using loading computers, we have gathered hereunder the most crucial prompts: 1. Standardise: Try to standardise the software in use across the fleet. If different vessels have different software, an officer moving within the fleet needs to re-familiarize themselves with the system on board that vessel. 2. Train: Those in charge of using the software should undergo appropriate training. 3. Check: Make sure that the crew are aware what they should always check; 4. Mentor: Junior officers are the Chief Mates of tomorrow! Actively encourage junior officers to learn how to use the system from those in charge of it. 5. Simulator: If you have a spare computer on board, add the software and allow juniors to upload conditions and practice. 6. Feedback: Set up a feedback communication line for the crew to report issues with the software, this will help improve its usability. Remember to act on this feedback from the crew to make sure they stay engaged in it.