Three companies under German shipping company Offen Group have installed DNV GL’s e-learning course ‘Energy Efficiency on Board’ across their entire fleet.

The three companies involved are CPO Container, CPO Tanker and CPO Bulker.

Developed by DNV GL’s Maritime Academy, along with Offen Group, the customised E-learning tool allows users to recognise potential methods of saving, and help execute them while operating a ship.

"We can achieve an increased awareness on-board and are able to identify and implement further energy-saving strategies."

The basic modules of the newly developed e-learning tool have been complemented by the actual business processes and software applications used on-board CPO vessels.

The tool, which integrates Offen Group’s own internal systems, also includes daily routines that are documented in the course content and can be implemented directly by the crew.

CPO Container technical director Dietmar Thiem said: "As a large modern shipping company, we are always interested in innovative concepts and are constantly working to further extend our high-quality standards in all areas.

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"With the use of e-learning, we can achieve an increased awareness on-board and are able to identify and implement further energy-saving strategies.”

Separate modules of the tool provide various ways to increase energy efficiency looking at resistance, propulsion, main and auxiliary engines.

Additionally, the modules deal with practical and theoretical aspects of on-board operations, including trim and ballast optimisation, potential savings with propeller and rudder, as well as options for better route planning.

Currently, Offen Group has a fleet of 67 container ships, eight bulk carriers and 26 tankers.

So far, over 700 masters, senior engineers and ship officers are being trained with the e-learning tool.

Image: DNV GL, CPO Container, CPO Crewing and CPO Tanker and Bulker executives. Photo: courtesy of DNV GL AS.