Enclosed Space Management (ESM)

Videotel and MRS Training and Rescue (Formerly Mines Rescue Marine) have designed the unique Enclosed Space Management (ESM) System to help effectively assess, audit and manage the safety of enclosed spaces on board ship.

The atmosphere in holds, bilges, bulkheads, cofferdams and other enclosed spaces of ships presents potentially deadly risks. It is a sad truth that proportionally more seafarers die in accidents in enclosed spaces than in any other accidents at sea. A lack of awareness, training and rescue drills can mean that safe ways of working in enclosed spaces are all too often ignored or poorly implemented. With this in mind, Videotel and Mines Rescue Marine have designed the unique Enclosed Space Management (ESM) System to help effectively assess, audit and manage the safety of enclosed spaces on board ship.

Regulations Addressed

  • (IMO) adopted Resolution A.1050(27), Section 3
  • SOLAS Enclosed Space Recommendations

It is a ‘living’ system allowing for updating as required by authorised personnel. All crew members are encouraged to participate by adding comments and augmenting the space record with experiential data. The system also allows for the inclusion of photographs and other images (e.g. vessel plans, scanned drawings etc.) of particular problem areas. This ensures that knowledge is retained and the risk of safety being affected by crew changes is lowered, as the information gathered is stored and hosted, and can be edited and enhanced as required. The system itself is also updated at regular intervals to reflect changes in laws and regulations.

What the System Does


The ESM System is currently the only computer-based system available that enables vessels and installations to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) adopted Resolution A.1050(27) “Revised Recommendations for Entering Enclosed Spaces Aboard Ships”, Section 3 – Safety Management for Entry into Enclosed Spaces, as well as the latest SOLAS recommendations for enclosed spaces. It provides a simple audit process for all enclosed spaces and an easy to read traffic light warning procedure to accompany your risk assessment and permit documentation without interfering with existing company documentation and SMS. It also allows for specific problem areas to be identified and for steps to be taken to reduce hazards and mitigate risk.

The ESM System also enables transmission of all enclosed space evaluation and information to be accessed by the operating office ashore (where internet or email connectivity is present) and to be transmitted to any person who may be involved in enclosed space work, (i.e. contracted company or surveyor).

Who the System is For

  • Crew working in enclosed spaces
  • Officers in charge of Crew working in enclosed spaces
  • Contractors, surveyors and port state inspectors
  • Office staff

The ESM System Provides:

  • The ability to compile a library of all enclosed spaces on-board
  • The means to assess and audit spaces with a methodology for so doing
  • Forms with which to conduct audits
  • A log of all audit information in a system database
  • The categorisation of each space and its entry points as an easy-to-read traffic light system
  • The organisation of existing supporting documentation e.g. risk assessments and permits to work
  • The ability to build knowledge on spaces e.g. site photographs and scanned drawings
  • The feeding back of collated information over the web for greater knowledge sharing
  • Printed reports on each space that can be sent to third parties and contractors e.g. ahead of planned visits

MRS Training and Rescue

MRS Training and Rescue, the new name for Mines Rescue Service and Mines Rescue Marine, offers a comprehensive range of health and safety related products, training and services to a wide range of industries.

The company is also the foremost authority on Marine Enclosed Spaces and has conducted an intensive study of enclosed space problems within the Marine environment. They have also engaged in multiple enclosed space exercises on a wide variety of ships allowing them to apply relevant skills and procedures to many unusual and often unique problems.

In addition to ESM Videotel has also developed a number of training solutions with MRS

Our 40 years experience means we know our industry and that we know how to deliver the best training to its changing needs.