The EBIS, an independent Europe-only barge inspection regime currently operated by EBIS has transitioned to OCIMF’s BIRE/SIRE to create a single barge inspection scheme.
The European Barge Inspection Scheme (EBIS), was an independent Europe-only barge inspection regime operated by EBIS, which transitioned to OCIMF’s Ship Inspection Report Programme (BIRE/SIRE) on 1 January 2021, creating a single barge inspection scheme. The integration of EBIS into BIRE/SIRE has provided the inland and coastal barge industry with a unified and standardised vessel inspection regime that can support safe and efficient operations worldwide.
To oversee the smooth transfer of EBIS into BIRE/SIRE, the OCIMF/EBIS Transition Taskforce was established, including members of the EBIS Board of Directors, OCIMF members and Secretariat. The OCIMF/EBIS Transition Taskforce coordinated all activity relating to the transition of key elements of EBIS into OCIMF’s vessel inspection programme, working with barge owners, operators, charters and inspectors alongside industry partners to ensure the outcome is an enhanced and improved barge inspection tool for the entire industry.
Over the course of the transition period, training courses and webinars were hosted by the EBIS Transition Taskforce to support OCIMF member companies, existing EBIS member companies, accredited EBIS and BIRE/SIRE inspectors as well as vessel owners and operators.