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Friday, December 9, 2016

Roxtec Services US Launched

Roxtec has launched a new inspection, maintenance and installation training company for the United States: Roxtec Services US aims to increase safety for the marine and offshore markets in the area of cable and pipe transits. High safety standards require correctly installed, properly maintained and easily inspected sealing solutions. As sealing experts, Roxtec said it knows how important cable and pipe transits are when it comes to protecting life and assets. No matter when the vessel or platform was built, it has most likely undergone upgrades which required changes to cable and pipe sealing. These upgrades, combined with years of maintenance in a tough, corrosive environment can quickly compound and negate any protection against fire, gas and water.

Oman Signs Pacts with Ship Classification Bodies

Photo:  Ministry of Transport and Communications

Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has signed agreements with three ship classification societies for small ships that do not abide by international treaties, said a report in Times of Oman. The agreements were signed with the British (Lloyds Register of Shipping), Italian (Rina) and Emirati (Tasneef) ship classification societies. Saeed bin Hamdoon bin Saif Al Harthy, undersecretary of Ports and Maritime Affairs, signed the agreements on behalf of the ministry and the chief executive officers and regional directors represented the classification societies.

DNV GL On Regulatory Developments and Tanker Market

The participants of the DNV GL Tanker Working Group in Hamburg. Photo by DNV GL

DNV GL’s Tanker Working Group looked at the latest trends in the tanker segment with a special focus on the impact of upcoming emissions regulations at its 31st meeting in Hamburg recently. Some 25 representatives from the tanker industry met with DNV GL experts in the classification society’s maritime headquarters to hear presentations and participate in informal discussions. “The Tanker Working Group is a great place for industry representatives and DNV GL to share ideas and the latest news on regulatory developments…

UK-Detained Ships: October 2013

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during October 2013 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were six new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in U.K. ports and three vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only six vessels remain under detention at the end of this month.

Nine Ships Detained in the UK During February

The U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during February 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. During February, there were four new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in U.K. ports, while five vessels remained under detention from previous months. Three of the detained vessels were released during February, leaving six vessels under detention at the end of the month.

ClassNK, Hitachi Zosen Study Engine Monitoring, Diagnostics

Classification society ClassNK and Hitachi Zosen Corporation have completed a joint study of the next generation condition-based monitoring and automatic diagnostic system ClassNK CMAXS LC-A for Hitachi MAN B&W engines. During the study, ClassNK and Hitachi Zosen Corporation developed a system compatible with Hitachi MAN B&W engines and conducted verification tests on one bulk carrier installed with a Hitachi MAN B&W engine. The system for Hitachi MAN B&W engines combines and analyzes big data from the ship’s data logger. Using the analyzed results, the system can produce trend graphs of components/function conditions to prevent serious damage at an early stage. The system also displays appropriate maintenance information such as work procedures and instructions automatically.

BV Pulls Out of Iran

International ship classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) halts Iran marine work According to Reuters, France's Bureau Veritas, which verifies the safety and environmental standards of ships, has stopped its marine work in Iran, the classification society said in a new setback for Tehran as it faces growing pressure from Western sanctions. Without the necessary verification from such bodies, ships are unable to call at international ports. The move follows a similar decision in April by British classification society Lloyd's Register to halt operations in Iran. It is likely that Iran is already securing cover from Asia-based classification societies, shipping industry sources told Reuters.  

Abidjan Orders 16 Passenger Ferries

Photo: Damen

As part of a presidential plan to reduce urban congestion and greenhouse gas emissions in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, 16 new passenger ferries have been ordered by Société de Transport Lagunaire (STL). Known as the economic capital of the Ivory Coast, Abidjan is located around the 100-km long Ébrié Lagoon on the west coast of Africa and therefore water-based transport holds a vital position in everyday life in the area. Furthermore, due to rapid population growth and the deterioration of existing ferry services, traffic congestion is a major problem in the city.

Vessels Detained in U.K. Ports: September

The U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during September 2013 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were five new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in U.K. ports and four vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only three vessels remained under detention at the end of this month. • Full details of the ship. • The accompanying detention list shows ship’s name, the flag state and the ship’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) number which is unchanging throughout the ship’s life and uniquely identifies it.

UK Detains 8 Foreign Vessels in November

The U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during November 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. During November, there were six new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a U.K. port. Two vessels remained under detention from previous months, and five vessels were released during November. A total of three vessels remain under detention at the end of November. Company: - Omicron Ship Management Inc. This vessel was still detained at November 30, 2014.

USCG Awards ClassNK Measurement Authorization

ClassNK Awarded Authorization from the U.S. regarding Tonnage Measurement and Load Lines. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has entered into an agreement with ClassNK to officially delegate authority to the world’s largest classification society for certification in accordance with the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships and the International Convention on Load Lines. Under the agreement, signed on 8 December 2011 between Rear Admiral P. F. Zukunft, Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship, and ClassNK Executive Vice President Dr.

Saga Cruises’ Newest Vessel Undergoes a Makeover

Saga’s newest vessel, the Sapphire, has undergone a makeover. Saga relied on Knud E. Hansen A/S for their design package to Classification Society and Flag. As part of the process, significant parts of the upper decks have been altered or retrofitted; this includes new cabins with balconies, changed restaurant lay-outs, and installation of elevators to allow disabled people to access all areas of the vessel. Hansen A/S evaluated the vessel prior to the purchase for structural integrity, stability, safety and fire protection. “Our engineers have often visited the shipyard in Italy during the refit to monitor the progress,” said Giuseppe Tringali. “There has been a close cooperation with yard, interior designers, and classification society through which Knud E.

ClassNK Returns to Iran

Image: ClassNK

Japanese classification society ClassNK announced it has resumed operations in Iran with the reopening of its Tehran office and agreements with the Iranian Classification Society (ICS) and Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO), Ministry of Roads & Urban Development of Iran. ClassNK’s Tehran office was originally opened in December 2009 but was closed in 2012. The classification society has decided to reopen its Tehran Office as of June 15 “in light of recent changes in the region,” ClassNK said in a press release.

Ten Ships Detained in the UK in May

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that ten foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during May 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. During May, there were four new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in UK ports. Six vessels remained under detention from previous months. Five vessels were released during May. A total of five vessels remain under detention at the end of May. 1. In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldson's Inquiry into the prevention of pollution from merchant shipping and in compliance with the EU Directive on Port State Control (2009/16/EC as amended), the Maritime and Coastguard agency (MCA) publishes details of the foreign flagged vessels detained in UK ports each month.

RINA Tops Paris MOU Performance List

International classification society RINA has been recognized by the Paris MOU as the best performing Recognised Organisation in 2009.  At its 43rd meeting the Paris MOU Committee approved the 2009 Port State Control inspection results for ships and adopted new performance lists for Flag States and Recognised Organizations. These lists take effect from 1 July 2010 and show RINA as having the best performance in the high quality section of the list of classification societies.  

ABS Elects Carlsson, Wolcott and Goulandris to Board

Lars Carlsson, President, Concordia Maritime AB, Douglas Wolcott of Wolcott Associates, and Peter George Goulandris of Capeside Steamship Company Ltd. were elected to the ABS Board of Directors, by the ABS Council, following yesterday's Annual Members Meeting of the classification society in New York. All three have a long association with the governance of ABS and have previously served on the classification society's Board.

Thrane & Thrane SSAS Certified

Thrane & Thrane said that the company’s mini-C solution for Ship Security Alert System (SSAS), the TT-3000SSA Capsat® Ship Security Alert, has received five new type approvals by the following classification societies: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS); Chinese Classification Society (CCS); Germanischer Lloyds (GL); Government of India Ministry of Shipping; and Polski Rejestr Statkow (PRS). Thrane & Thrane has earlier received type approvals by Lloyd’s Register EMEA as well as Inmarsat.

ABS Elects Carthew and Taylor to Board

Michael Carthew, President, Chevron Texaco Shipping and Dean Taylor, President and CEO, Tidewater Marine were elected to the ABS Board of Directors, by the ABS Council, following yesterday's Annual Members Meeting of the classification society in New York. Both have been associated with the governance of ABS, having previously served on the classification society's Council.

GTT’s Bunker Ship Cargo Handling System Earns AIP

 GTT receives an AIP from China Classification Society CCS for its cargo handling system on a LNG Bunkering Ship concept   GTT announced that it has received an Approval in Principle (AIP) for the cargo handling system on a LNG Bunkering Ship concept, suitable for both Mark III and NO96 technologies. This AIP was granted by the China Classification Society, CCS, after the review of GTT studies.

China's CIC Boluomiao Shipyard Completes Repair Contracts

CIC Boluomiao Shipyard completed repairs of the ships Sinoker Pioneer and Novitas H. The U.S.-owned Sinoker Pioneer repair work included renewal of cargo hold plates and painting, hatch cover repair and regular docking repair and some machinery equipment repairs, etc., and all were carried out to the satisfaction of classification society ABS, the shipyard said. Next came the German-owned Novitas-H for the first time to the Boluomiao Shipyard, for drydocking and steel-work repairs, which were carried out to the satisfaction of the owners, the yard said, whose marine superintendent wrote to them to express his approval and thanks for the work, which was also carried out to the satisfaction of classification society GL.  

ABS Elects Carlsson, Wolcott and Goulandris to Board of Directors

Lars Carlsson, president, Concordia Maritime AB; Douglas Wolcott of Wolcott Associates; and Peter George Goulandris of Capeside Steamship Company Ltd., were elected to the ABS Board of Directors, by the ABS Council, following yesterday's Annual Members Meeting of the classification society in New York. All three have a long association with the governance of ABS and have previously served on the classification society's Board.

ClassNK: Increased Class Leadership on GHG Emissions Needed

ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda called for class societies to play a more central role in the maritime industry’s ongoing efforts to reduce maritime GHG emission during a speech at Sea Asia 2011 in Singapore today. “Classification societies must take a leading role in addressing the challenges of Green House Gas emissions and protecting the environment,” said Mr. Ueda, who is currently serving as the Chairman of IACS, the International Association of Classification Societies.

RINA Group supports Tasneef

Andrea Di Bella

RINA Group has been chosen as the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) partner to support the development of Tasneef, a new classification society for the United Arab Emirates. Emirates Classification – Tasneef has been established in Abu Dhabi and plans to expand with future worldwide offices. Working in partnership with RINA, the goal is to develop Tasneef as an international classification society capable of meeting the technical and classification needs of the region's maritime industry, the UAE flag and international commercial shipping.


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