New Compliance Challenges for Tanker Owners

By Eric Haun
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Herbert-ABS says use of an approved damage stability computer program is the “only logical option” to meet new International Maritime Organization (IMO) Damage Stability Regulations requirements for onboard damage stability verification.

Herbert-ABS Software Solutions LLC has published an assessment of the impact of new damage stability regulations on tanker and gas carrier operations.

Hendrik Bruhns, Herbert-ABS Software Solutions President, argues that employing an approved damage stability verification software is the most practical and cost-effective means of demonstrating compliance with the regulations.

The IMO recently adopted guidelines for demonstrating compliance with the requirements for damage stability reporting in April and May 2014 during MEPC 66 and MSC 93. The requirements apply to all oil tankers, as well as gas and chemical carriers engaged in international trade and enter into force on January 1, 2016 for newbuildings. Existing ships must comply by the first renewal survey after this date and by no later than January 1, 2021.

Bruhns said that of the four options for compliance with the amendments, three are either impractical or too expensive to implement. "Owners can in theory meet the requirement using any of the four options available. However, in practice, the logical option is to fit an approved damage stability computer program. We at Herbert-ABS believe that this option provides a solution that will make it easy to demonstrate compliance with the damage stability requirements to the Port State authorities for any cargo loading or ballast distribution."

The IMO amendments were introduced to reflect the fact that on-board compliance documentation is relevant only when ships are loaded in accordance with standard conditions in the approved Stability Booklet. In practice, many tankers are loaded in ways which significantly differ from such conditions.

"Herbert-ABS's CargoMax loading computer, together with the Direct Damage Stability Module fully meets the requirements of IACS URL 5, Type 3, for any type of tank vessel and can demonstrate compliance with the damage stability requirements for all regulations from IMO and national administrations for any type of cargo or ballast loading. It can also be used to demonstrate this compliance to Port State inspectors or vetting surveyors," Bruhns added.

herbert-abs.com
 


Tanker Trends

Hellenic Petroleum Profits Rise on Higher Exports

Hellenic Petroleum, Greece's biggest oil refiner, posted a 20 percent rise in second-quarter core profit on Thursday, with higher exports offseting lower refining margins.

Alfa Laval Launches DuroShell LPG/E Cargo Condenser

With the new Alfa Laval DuroShell plate-and-shell heat exchanger, Alfa Laval aims to strengthen its offering in LPG/E cargo reliquefaction with a construction that

Navy Discovers Malaysian Tanker

Indonesia's navy has found a tanker carrying almost US$400,000 worth of diesel that was taken by its own crew last week due to a commercial dispute, says a report in AFP.

LNG

Viking Grace Marks 1,000 LNG Bunkering Milestone

From the very beginning, the M/S Viking Grace – delivered in January 2013 – was an environmental milestone.   The vessel attracted global attention as an environmental

Hoegh LNG Profits Dip

Norway-based owner and operator of floating LNG import terminals, Höegh LNG  reported a second quarter profit after tax of US$3.5 million, down from $6.3 million in the first quarter 2016.

SMM 2016: World Premieres from around the Globe

Some 50,000 trade visitors from the whole of the world are expected in Hamburg for the start of SMM in less than two weeks. And once again, it is fully booked – with a total of more than 2,

News

NOAA Engineers a Better Current Sensor for Mariners

Navigating into seaports is now safer and more efficient for mariners thanks to improved NOAA technology that ships rely on to give them information about currents.

Matson Orders Two ConRo Ships from NASSCO

Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a subsidiary of container shipper Matson, Inc., has signed a contract with U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO to build two

Iran Vessels Make 'High Speed Intercept' of US Ship

Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid

Maritime Safety

Scorpene Submarine Data Leak: Setback to Indian Navy

India has began multiple investigations to determine the extent of damage caused by the reported massive leak of secret data detailing the combat and stealth capabilities

NOAA Engineers a Better Current Sensor for Mariners

Navigating into seaports is now safer and more efficient for mariners thanks to improved NOAA technology that ships rely on to give them information about currents.

El Faro Captain Ordered Crew to Abandon Ship before Sinking

The captain of the doomed El Faro cargo ship sounded an alarm for his crew to abandon the vessel shortly before it sank last fall in a hurricane near the Bahamas, killing all 33 onboard, the U.

Software Solutions

MN100: MarineCFO

The Company: Founded in 1992, UA Business Solutions was a pioneer in the field of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and an early Microsoft Partner. The ERP evolution

Fugro, US Army Corps of Engineers Ink Mapping Deal

Fugro has been awarded a photogrammetric and LIDAR surveying and mapping contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, Missouri. The agreement

Ocean Signal, AMI Marine Unveil E101V Float-Free EPIRB

Marine communications specialist Ocean Signal and VDR manufacturer AMI Marine will introduce a new float-free EPIRB with integrated voyage data recorder (VDR) memory

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1059 sec (9 req/sec)