Classification Society News

17 May 2019

LR Gets Italian RO Status

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The maritime classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) has been awarded recognized organization status by the Italian flag administration and is now authorized to issue statutory certification on its behalf to all seagoing ships sailing with the Italian flag.In line with its new RO status, LR will establish an Italy branch of LR Group Ltd so the classification society can fully support Italy and the country’s shipowners.As LR will be authorised to work on behalf of the Italian flag Administration…

16 May 2019

RINA Reports 2018 Revenues at $491 million

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The 2018 consolidated financial statements for RINA S.p.A., approved today, reveal revenues of $491 million in line with the previous year and an EBITDA of $57 million.RINA concentrated on improving performance during 2018, achieving a 9% year-on-year increase in contribution margin to 19.3%, and on maximizing the company’s potential. A new model was developed focusing on RINA's five core business areas and commercial efforts were strengthened with the creation of a Corporate…

13 May 2019

DNV GL Grants AiP for Hyundai's FLNG Barge

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Classification society DNV GL has announced that it has awarded Hyundai Heavy Industries with an approval in principle (AiP) for the design of a jetty-moored nearshore floating LNG (FLNG) barge.DNV GL reviewed the design based on the feasibility of constructing the FLNG barge using standard shipbuilding rules and techniques, said a release.The Approval in Principle (AIP) certificate confirms that DNV GL has found no significant obstacles to prevent the concept from being realized…

22 Apr 2019

KR, Oldendorff, GSR Pact for IHM Certification

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The Korean Register (KR) of Shipping has entered into an agreement with the  dry bulk shipping company Oldendorff Carriers and GSR Services for the development and certification of Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) for Oldendorff's fleet for meeting tight EU - deadlines.The classification society reminded in a press release that from the end of 2020 onwards, the EU-Ship Recycling Regulation requires that all EU-visiting or EU-flagged ships have a certified IHM on board. With 30…

23 Apr 2019

LNG-Ship Orders to Dominate Newbuilds in 2025

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About 60.3 percent of the world’s ship orders are projected to be for liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled vessels by 2025."Ships powered by LNG are expected to account for six out of 10 new vessel orders in six years due to toughened environmental standards," said a report in Pulse News.A study report released by Korea Development Bank and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency said that that as many as 1,962 new LNG carriers would be built by 2025. It also expected demand for LNG bunkering vessels to jump more than tenfold…

15 Apr 2019

ClassNK Releases Cyber Security System

Classification Society ClassNK has released its Cyber Security Management System for Ships.As part of the ClassNK Cyber Security Series, ClassNK regularly releases guidelines and standards that outline cyber security measures based on the recently-released ClassNK Cyber Security Approach that outlines ClassNK’s basic approach to ensuring onboard cyber security for ships.The Cyber Security Management System for Ships provides guidance on ensuring, implementing, maintaining, and continuously improving the cyber security management system of companies and ships with the goal of safe navigation.

12 Apr 2019

DNV GL, Keppel to Promote Use of LNG as Ship Fuel

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Norwegian classification bureau DNV GL and Singapore-based Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology (KMDTech), a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), have signed a framework agreement to boost the uptake of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as ship fuel.The deal covers potential newbuilding projects including LNG bunker vessels, small-scale LNG carriers and floating storage regasification units (FSRUs), as well as LNG related assets employing battery and hybrid technologies.“The…

12 Apr 2019

LR Intros World's Largest Autonomous Ship

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UK classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) has joined with ST Engineering Electronics (STEE), Mitsui & Co., and Smart City Solutions to develop the world’s largest autonomous vessels.The partners will collaborate on the ‘Development of Ocean-going Autonomous Navigation System on a Marine Asset’, the MoU forms the foundation of the MPA-funded ‘World’s Largest Ocean-Going Autonomous Vessel Programme’, which was also announced today.“LR’s involvement in this project builds on…

11 Apr 2019

World First: Keppel Delivers EU Stage-V Dredger

Afonso de Albuquerque, the world’s first EU Stage V dredger, was delivered by Keppel Offshore & Marine (Photo: Keppel Offshore & Marine)

Keppel Singmarine’s Nantong, China, shipyard has delivered the world’s first dredger to meet European Union Stage V emissions requirements for inland waterways vessels.The wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) said in a press release that has delivered the ultra low emission dredger on time, within budget and with a perfect safety record, strengthening its presence in the non-oil and gas segment.Built for Jan De Nul and named Afonso de Albuquerque…

09 Apr 2019

IRClass Enhances Asia Pacific Presence

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The independent ship classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), continues to grow steadily in the Asia Pacific region – enhancing presence in key Asian shipping markets including Malaysia, Indonesia and China.IRClass said that it has recently  received authorisation as Recognised Organisation (RO) from the flag administrations of Malaysia and Thailand and expects to attain recognition from other key nations in the region.The Singapore office remains the classification society’s regional headquarters as it strengthens its operations in this region…

09 Apr 2019

DNV GL, MPA Join for 3D Printing

JIP participants during the kick-off meeting and workshop at the DNV GL AM Technology Centre of Excellence. Photo: DNV GL

The classification society DNV GL has been selected to head up a Singapore-based research programme that will study the applications of additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing,  for the maritime sector.In a joint industry program (JIP) initiated by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), DNV GL will team up with ten member companies of the Singapore Ship Association (SSA) to examine how spare parts produced by 3D printers can help the capital-intensive industry…

09 Apr 2019

ABS Launches Sustainability Center in Singapore

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The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has launched a Global Sustainability Center in Singapore as s decarbonising shipping becomes mission critical for the industry classification society.The ABS Global Sustainability Center's mission is to help maritime transition to a sustainable, lower emissions industry, said a statement.“Decarbonizing shipping is a challenge that will compel the industry to reach new technology frontiers. At the same time, it is an opportunity to transition to a more sustainable world economy enabled by efficient…

05 Apr 2019

China to Build World's Biggest LNG Tanker

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China's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding company and and classification society DNV GL have signed an agreement on the joint development of the world's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker.Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard and Classification society DNV GL have signed an agreement for a joint development project (JDP) for a new 270,000 m3 LNG carrier – the largest ever ship of this type, said a press release.The agreements were signed in Shanghai between Hudong-Zhonghua General Manager Chen Jun and DNV GL’s Regional Manager for Greater China…

05 Apr 2019

KNUD E. HANSEN Partners with Design Studio B33

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KNUD E. HANSEN has announced a new partnership with Danish-based Design Studio B33. The team at Design Studio B33 is comprised of internationally-acclaimed designers with a focus on timeless designs grounded in Scandinavian aesthetics. KNUD E. HANSEN employs a team of highly-skilled naval architects, marine engineers and interior designers with a staff of more than 90, spread over offices throughout Europe, Australia and North America. The partnership will enable KNUD E. HANSEN…

29 Mar 2019

ClassNK Releases Cyber Security Approach

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Classification society ClassNK has released the ClassNK Cyber Security Approach which outlines its basic approach to ensuring onboard cyber security for ships. It was released alongside its Guidelines for Designing Cyber Security Onboard Ships for newbuilding designs as the first part of the ClassNK Cyber Security Series which incorporates requirements for taking onboard cyber security measures.Response to cyber threats is an urgent matter for the entire maritime industry. The…

28 Mar 2019

DNV GL Okays INTELLIMAN Ship Software

Vidar Dolonen, Regional Manager, DNV GL Korea & Japan (left), and Hyun Jeo Kim, Head of Ship and Offshore Performance Research Center, SHI. Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL announced that Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) INTELLIMAN Ship software complies with the EU-MRV and IMO-DCS regulations.The classification society said in a statement that it issued a factual statement confirming compliance in a ceremony at the SHI R&D Center in Daejeon, South Korea.SHI has been developing smart ship technology since 2016 and it has been applied to certain ships including LNG carriers and large container ships. The INTELLIMAN Ship is an integrated smart…

28 Mar 2019

LR Launches Ship Noise Guidance Notes

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The maritime classification society and consultant Lloyd's Register (LR) has released a new airborne noise emission notation (ABN) and ShipRight procedure to meet increasing demand for a standard and methodology to control airborne noise emissions from ships.The new notation defines a set of limit levels for airborne noise emission from ships. This enables ports to better monitor overall noise levels from ship calls. It will assist ports in determining which and how many ships…

26 Mar 2019

Wärtsilä Power for Two New Tug Boats

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The engines and steerable thrusters supplied by Wärtsilä are delivering for a pair of two new tug boats operated by the Turkish Directorate General of Coastal Safety. Following sea trials, the first vessel is already in operation, while the second will enter service in April 2019. The vessels were built in Eregli under project management by the Yutek shipyard and site team, and the orders with Wärtsilä were booked in 2017.The bollard pull rating for the tug boats has been certified by the Turkish Lloyd classification society as being 75 TBP.

21 Mar 2019

Norway Cautious on Indian shipbreaking

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The Council on Ethics of the Government Pension Fund Global (Oil Fund), Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund (SWF), said that it will turn its attention towards Indian shipbreaking practices.The SWF cautioned that this may well result in further divestments from shipping companies with poor shipbreaking records.In 2018, the Council on Ethics had already advised the fund to divest from companies, including container line Evergreen, selling their end-of-life vessels to shipbreaking…

18 Mar 2019

IRClass To Provide ERS for 33 Ships

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has secured a five-year contract from India’s largest shipping company, The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) – to undertake Emergency Response Service (ERS) for 33 vessels.The classification society’s ERS is aimed at providing round-the-clock technical support by way of speedy assessment of the intact/damage stability as well as longitudinal strength of any vessel involved in a major incident e.g. grounding, collision or fire. Issues potentially arising from such incidents include excessive trim/heel…

17 Mar 2019

IRClass Wins SCI Contract for 33 Vessels

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The ship classification society, Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has secured a five-year contract from India’s largest shipping company, The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) – to undertake Emergency Response Service (ERS) for 33 vessels.The classification society’s ERS is aimed at providing round-the-clock technical support by way of speedy assessment of the intact/damage stability as well as longitudinal strength of any vessel involved in a major incident e.g. grounding, collision or fire.

15 Mar 2019

Shipbuilding: Rewriting the Book

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As maritime digests a number of historical changes, Norway’s Fjellstrand shipyard wants to put aside the rule book and look at the whole process in a new way, reducing engineering costs up to 70% and production costs up to 20%.The process of designing and building a ship, even in today’s highly standardized mass manufacturing environment, remains largely a one-off, one-of-a-kind design and build. Ships are most often built to a shipowner’s or operator’s specific requirements, which are often based on fixed parameters such as speed…

13 Mar 2019

LR Chalks Out Energy Growth Strategy

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Lloyd’s Register (LR), which ranks as one of the world’s largest providers of professional services for the engineering and technology sectors, has chalked out a new strategy for future growth in the energy market.The firm, which started out in 1760 as a marine classification society and now has more than 7,000 staff globally, said that the first phase of its new global strategy for its energy business to reposition the professional services portfolio for growth through the energy transition…

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