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GL and BV Develop New Rules for Inland Vessel

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.


BV Updates Naval Rules

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


LR Provisional Rules for SPS

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.


Electronic Advance Manifest Information

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


U.K. Government revises Finance Bill 2012 to favor UK Shipowning Companies

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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


Lloyd's Register Boxes Clever

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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


BV Yacht Rules Benefit New Designs

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


New Reporting Requirements for Ships

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.


China apprehending boats weekly in disputed S.China Sea

Chinese patrols enforcing disputed new fishing rules in the South China Sea are apprehending foreign boats on a weekly basis, Communist Party officials said on Thursday.   In comments that provide the first window on how China is enforcing new rules criticized by Washington, the party secretary for Hainan Island said Chinese patrols attempted to peacefully negotiate with vessels that initially ignored warnings to leave Chinese waters


RINA Launches Open-sea Crane Standards

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RINA has launched new standards for cranes which will be used for transhipment of bulk cargoes at sea and has completely revised and rebased its rules for offshore cranes used in offshore construction, service and demolition. Under the new rules for lifting appliances, RINA has split the requirements for specific crane types (ship, offshore and transhipping) into free-standing sections to make the rules more user-friendly.


How to Tackle Container Weight Verification

With the July 1 implementation of the new SOLAS container verified gross mass (VGM) regulations fast approaching, Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is today launching a white paper to assist those affected by the new rules in charting a pathway to compliance


Confusion Surrounds Wastewater Discharge Rules

Confusion surrounding the entry into force date of MEPC 227(64), the amended regulation governing ship wastewater discharge overboard requirements, could see some shipowners falling foul of the new rules. Mark Beavis, the Managing Director of ACO Marine, a supplier of MEPC


Spanish Court Sentences Prestige Master to Prison Term

Spain's Supreme Court sentenced the captain of the Prestige oil tanker, which sank off Spain's northwestern coast in 2002, covering thousands of kilometres of coastline in fuel oil, to two years in prison on Tuesday. The captain, Apostolos Mangouras


Container Weighing at Felixstowe Port

The Port of Felixstowe is to offer a container-weighing service to exporters

The Port of Felixstowe has confirmed that it will offer a container weighing service to ensure UK shippers are able to comply with new international regulations that will come into effect on 1 July 2016.   Commenting on the new service, Stephen Abraham


Final OTI Rules Approved

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  The Commission voted at its meeting 22nd October to issue a final rule on ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) licensing and financial responsibility requirements, and directed staff to prepare an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking concerning service contracts and NVOCC service


Transas Launches High Voltage Training Breaker

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Coming in response to recently introduced STCW requirements, Transas has launched a high voltage training solution for marine engineering and electrical training. The new rules require training to be conducted using real equipment, leading Transas to partner with the power technology specialist


LR to Class Nine Tankers for Maersk

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 Lloyd’s Register (LR) won the deal for classification of nine Medium Range (MR) type product tankers. Owned by Maersk Tankers, the vessels are to be built at Samsung’s Ningbo yard in China.    These are the first ever vessels ordered by a Danish ship owner to the


Second Quake hits North Oklahoma

  A magnitude 4.1 quake hit near the north Oklahoma town of Medford on Friday, the second temblor in two days to hit the area where energy extraction takes place. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 4.6, struck at 4:40 p.m. at a shallow depth of 4


China Ramping Up Ship Emission Controls

China will introduce tough controls on ship emissions at three key port areas from January to reduce sulphur dioxide which results in acid rain, causing respiratory difficulties and sometimes premature death, said the Ministry of Transport.


Marshall Islands Adopts New Standards for PMSCs

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has informed those companies with vessels under its flag that “effective January 1, 2016, companies shall engage only those PMSCs that are certified to the new ISO 28007-1:2015 standard by a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) authorized


“Safe Container – Steering Changes” – SOLAS Amendment

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  With the SOLAS Convention now requiring container weight verification from 1st July 2016 onwards following the amendment approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) last November, the Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI) jointly with the Indian Maritime Administration


Global Shippers Seek Sustainability

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 With the Paris U.N. Conference on Climate Change nearing an end, it has again put the spotlight on companies who have opportunity to make positive changes to their overall environmental footprint.    “Developing environmental practices and creating sustainability is a


The Impact of Lower Oil Price on LNG Vessels

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 Opec study on the impact of lower oil price assumptions on the penetration of LNG vessels has released.   In light of the regulations on sulphur emissions issued by the IMO the prospect of using LNG as an alternative bunker fuel was explored.  


ClassNK: Amendments to Rules of Container Carriers

PRESS RELEASE --  Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships on 25 December 2015, including structural strength requirements of container carriers.  


IRClass Rules for ICG Ships

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  The “Rules and Regulations for Construction and Classification of Indian Coast Guard Ships”, developed by the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) were formally released by the Director General Indian Coast Guard, Vice Admiral HCS Bisht AVSM on 28th December 2015 at a ceremony






 
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