New rules for inland vessels have been developed jointly by Germanischer Lloyd and Bureau Veritas. They have entered into force with effect from August 1, 2006, for all inland vessels with the French and German classification societies and contracted for construction on or after that date. In addition, the rules will apply to existing vessels that have been technically updated and which comply with the necessary safety requirements for inland navigation vessels. The new rules comprise four sections, dealing with: classification and surveys; hull design and construction; machinery, systems and electricity; and additional requirements for notations. They cover survey requirements, class verification and construction rules for modern inland navigation vessels, and make provision for continuing improvements in pushing units, double hulls and dangerous goods regulations. The rules, which will be updated regularly, comply with statutory regulations and are compatible with the ADNR (Regulation for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods on the Rhine) rules. The rules are published on the websites of Bureau Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd.
The U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection issued a Press Release stating that it will soon be promulgating its rules on presentation by carriers of electronic advance manifest information. The requirement will be similar to the current requirement that ocean carriers submit manifest information at least 24 hours prior to loading in a foreign port. The differences are that the new rules will require that all advance manifests be submitted electronically and the requirement will apply
Lloyd’s Register, in conjunction with Intelligent Engineering, Ltd, has developed a set of provisional Rules for new construction and ship repair using steel sandwich construction. Entitled Provisional Rules for the Application of Sandwich Panel Construction to Ship Structure, the Rules were approved in early 2006 by a specially convened sub-committee of Lloyd’s Register’s Technical Committee, comprising independent experts drawn from across the industry.
Bureau Veritas has joined forces with prominent military ships designers and builders to update and complete its Rules for Classification of Naval Ships. The new rules, which build on Bureau Veritas’s experience with high-technology vessels and materials, will provide designers and builders with a safe, pragmatic, robust and rational framework for military ships of all sizes. Yves Le Gal, head of military developments at BV’s Paris head office, says
International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens has welcomed the UK government’s decision to minimize the effect of new rules in Finance Bill 2012 which resulted in a potentially serious trap for existing UK shipowners entering tonnage tax. Finance Bill 2012 originally extended some anti-avoidance rules relating to leasing companies, so that they applied to existing UK shipowning companies chartering out ships which enter UK tonnage tax
A major research project by Lloyd’s Register (LR) has discovered a means to improve the way containers are handled and carried. Containership owners and managers are forever seeking sleeker and more streamlined ways to load, stack and carry their boxes as vessel sizes continue to expand and economies of scale to match them accordingly. The results of this new research project by LR means that in future, ultra-large container ships (ULCS) using the new method could potentially load
According to Reuters, the TSA has received more than 1,000 documents of feedback on the new rules for workers entering domestic ports, which include fingerprinting and conducting background checks. In late April, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program, which included name-based background checks on nearly 400,000 port workers in the United States.
International classification society Bureau Veritas has joined forces with yacht designers and builders to completely reengineer its Rules for Classification and Certification of Yachts. The new Rules, launched today, build on Bureau Veritas' experience with high-technology vessels and materials to provide designers and builders with a safe, pragmatic, robust and rationale framework for yachts of all sizes. Etienne Thiberge
Bureau Veritas has launched new rules for FPSOs which embody extensive recent experience with large floating structures and enhanced spectral fatigue analysis. BV's Rules for the Hull Structure of Production, Storage, and Offloading Surface Units are the most up to date distillation of experience with a wide range of ship and box-shaped FPSOs. They take into account that the units have to remain onsite without dry-docking for twenty-five years, with
Most Ships entering U.S. ports will have to provide 96-hour advance notice of arrival (NOA) to the U.S. coast Guard along with crew, passenger, and cargo information under new rules that went into effect October 4. A 24-hour advance notice has been the requirement for ships calling at U.S. ports. As a result of the September 11 tragedy, ships have been directed by U.S. Coast Guard order to provide advance notice plus detailed information about crews, passengers and cargoes.
I tend to be a glass half full kind of guy, as even in the worst of times there tends to lie opportunity. I would not be remiss in saying there are more than a handful in the shipping community that could label conditions today “the worst of times” – simply put
Maritime casualties have always been tackled by a relatively small, egotistical, passionate and intrepid group of mariners called “salvors.” Salvage as history knows it, however, may be taking a sharp turn as a result of the new game rules being injected by the Oil Pollution Act
New research reveals the impact of post-Macondo reform U.S. oil and gas professionals are losing their appetite for risk and are worried about rising operating costs, as they grapple with the consequences of a tougher, post-Macondo regulatory regime
Two new Rule-sets approved at the first Offshore Technical Committee (OTC) held at LR's Global Technology Centre in Singapore. Lloyd's Register say that these two new rule-sets will be made public later this month (May 2013). The Floating Offshore Installations at a Fixed Location 2013 Rules and
Classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) release first set of class rules for crew boats & offshore wind farm service craft As the energy industry expands and installations are pushed ever further offshore and into more challenging environments
RINA updates GREEN PLUS notation to cover transhipment terminals. International classification society RINA has updated its industry-leading GREEN PLUS notation to include new potential sources of pollution involving seagoing ships and ships operating at fixed locations.
ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released the world’s first software package for use with the new IACS Harmonized Common Structural Rules (CSR) for bulk carriers and oil tankers, which were released at the beginning of July 2012.
The European Parliament approves legislation agreed with member states, which requires new general limits to be in place by 2020. The new rules will bring European legislation in line with limits agreed by the International Maritime Organisation
Classification society ClassNK gains Safety Award for its efforts to ensure the safe carriage of nickel ore cargoes at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards. The Lloyd’s List Global Awards, held each year in London by leading maritime media company Informa
Advanced research and development by Lloyd's Register indicates that container stacking weights can be modified to allow the carriage of more cargo. In an 18,000 teu design the increase in cargo weight could be as much as 10%, says Tom Boardley Lloyd’s Register’s Marine Director
International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens has highlighted an imminent change to VAT rules by the UK government which could have significant implications for the shipping industry. With effect from 1 December 2012, the UK government will remove the VAT registration
Helping the Maritime Community adapt to strict emission regulations. What has changed during 2012 in the maritime world and how has it impacted industry? It is recent IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), changes
Following the hubbub created in 2009-2010 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) proposed modification and revocation of certain Jones Act ruling letters pertaining to offshore operations, all was relatively quiet in 2011-2012 with respect to Jones Act offshore issues
Keep the seas clean in 2013, reminds North P&I Club, as new international garbage rules take effect. North P&I Club reminds its members that 2013 is the first full year of operation of new international garbage-disposal rules that greatly limit the dumping of garbage at sea
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) to phase in the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) from 1, July 2014. MOSS is intended to improve safety in the commercial maritime environment through safer operations and vessels. It will be based on direct relationships between operators, surveyors, and MNZ