Ship management company

Wilh Wilhelmsen: Preparing our crew for SIRE 2.0

The new SIRE 2.0 regime is expected to become operational in the fourth quarter of 2022. Until then, the current SIRE program will continue to be updated and enhanced to incorporate the latest standards, best practices and regulations.

At Wilhelmsen Ship Management, intensive preparation work began months ago with the aim of easing the learning curve for our crew. Under the new regime, the SIRE 2.0 inspection process has changed from a purely inspection regime focused on equipment and procedures to a more human factors focused process. In anticipation of this change, our technical and verification team has begun preliminary work interpreting the implications of the verification focus on crew familiarity with the tasks they perform as well as the procedures of the company.

An initial gap analysis was conducted for the new set of questions in all chapters of SIRE 2.0 to identify changes in the revised program methodology. Identifying the gaps, we developed transition materials to help our crew establish a good foundation and understand the new regime.

We started distributing our training pack to our crew. The training pack separates the general information into 3 main phases of the inspection which are the pre-inspection, during the inspection and after the inspection

This is just the beginning. It is not easy to fully understand the new SIRE regime when it is necessary to sift through hundreds of documents with references and guidelines that can be overwhelming. It is important that the stress of interpreting the new regime is not passed on to our crew. Therefore, we have dedicated resources allocated to ease the learning curve:

Training at the internal training center (International Maritime Training Center)

Our training center provided courses on the overview of SIRE 2.0, the difference in methodology of verification inspections under SIRE 2.0, what to expect during the process and how to interact appropriately with verification inspectors, including tracking

Nano-learning

Our verification team built training modules in the form of nano-learning to break down the elements of the new regime’s involvement into actionable pieces. With regular and succinct training, we aim to help our crew understand what to expect before inspection, during inspections, after inspections, basic understanding of negative observations and many more.

Our top priority is to ensure that our crew can transition to the new regime without overloading them with too much information in carrying out their daily tasks.

Today, Wilhelmsen Ship Management manages approximately 50 tankers – 40 LNG carriers and remaining tankers. This segment is one of our fastest growing segments. The implementation of this new regime will have a significant impact on our safety management processes and systems. We aim for changes to be communicated gradually to ensure everyone understands why a change is being made and how it will affect them. The new SIRE regime has clearly signaled the industry’s commitment to safer ship operations and as a progressive ship manager we are also embracing the same mindset to continually improve our processes and systems to create a safe and efficient environment on board that supports our crew.

We are cautiously optimistic that we are in a good position to adopt the new regime. We believe that with the right preparation and the right attitude, we can meet the new challenges ahead and continue to maintain our excellent record in SIRE inspections.

Wilhelmsen Ship Management has been managing gas vessels since 1994 and returned to tanker management in 2019. We focus on quality and safety in vessel management. With decades of good track record in this segment, our team of technical experts and our team are made up of motivated individuals, who aim for greater operational efficiency and commercial success without compromising safety and quality.

We are a full member of the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators Ltd. (SIGTTO), working with top industry players to implement best practices in the gas transmission and terminal industries. As part of The Society For Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), we partner with other members to encourage the safe and responsible operations of vessels using LNG as fuel and to promote maritime activities related to LNG supply used as fuel.