Federal Maritime And Hydrographic Agency News

11 Mar 2020

Research Vessel Atair to be Commissioned this Spring

(Photo: SCHOTTEL)

A new liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered survey, wreck-search and research vessel built by German Naval Yards Kiel is currently undergoing installation and finishing works at Fassmer in Berne, Germany prior to being commissioned this spring.Ordered by the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), the new research vessel will be homeported in Hamburg, replacing the previous Atair, which entered operation in 1987.At 75 meters long and roughly 17 meters wide, the new Atair will be the largest research vessel in the BSH fleet.

04 Sep 2019

DNV GL to Certify TenneT Platform in German Sea

Pic: DNV GL

DNV GL has signed a four-year framework agreement with TenneT to provide project certification for new High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC)  substations linked to offshore wind farms in the German North Sea.Agreement includes certification of TenneT’s DolWin5 converter platform with cost-saving offshore grid connection concept. TenneT awarded DNV GL the contract following an independent EU tendering process.Under this framework agreement, DNV GL is expected to carry out project certification for upcoming TenneT’s HVDC platforms…

12 Jun 2019

Iberdrola's Wikinger OWF Passes DNV GL Test

Image: DNV GL

The energy advisory and certification body DNV GL has awarded Iberdrola Renovables Offshore Deutschland GmbH the project certificate for its Wikinger offshore wind farm.The 350 megawatt offshore wind farm project located in the German Baltic sea is fully certified for safe and reliable power generation.The certification was carried out according to the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH – Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie) and covers all stages of the design assessment and implementation phase of the wind turbines…

17 Apr 2019

DNV GL Certifies Arkona Offshore Wind Farm

Pic: DNV GL

Norwegian testing and advisory company DNV GL said it awarded the Arkona Offshore Wind Farm with the project certificate.The certification was carried out according to the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH – Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie) standard BSH7005 and covers all stages of the project development from design planning over construction to commissioning.The project certificate confirms all relevant safety features of the wind farm and validates the technical and quality compliance with the BSH standard requirements…

01 Mar 2019

LNG-Operated Survey Vessel Atair Floated Out

Image: German Naval Yards Kiel

German Naval Yards Kiel, has floated out 'Atair', the world's first LNG fueled research vessel, after a building period of 16 months.The 75 m vessel is being built for Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) by the general contractor is Fassmer Shipyard.Hull and superstructure as well as parts of the outfitting were constructed at German Naval Yards Kiel. The survey vessel is planned to be used for wreck search and underwater surveying.The LNG-propulsion - known as the future technology in the shipping industry - is a very innovative feature on “Atair”.

17 Apr 2018

German Shipbuilding: A Strong Vessel in a Heavy Sea

Launching of the W.B.Yeats at FSG. (Photo courtesy ©FSG)

While orders for new vessels have continued to decline worldwide in 2017, the situation in the German and European shipbuilding market is different, with an increase of incoming orders. As shipping experts state: “…this is not a trend but a snapshot, but it indicates a high competitiveness of the German shipbuilding industry, particularly on technologically advanced projects.”The global mood barometer of the maritime industry had reached its lowest point in 2016. From the abyss confidence and order have carefully increased…

23 Mar 2018

B-QUA for Ballast Water Surveillance

Meteor (Photo: Aqua-Tools)

The Government of Canada is testing aqua-tools’ B-QUA ballast water sampling and monitoring kit for possible use in the Canadian ballast water surveillance program. The program is being led a research scientist from Fisheries and Oceans Canada out of the Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, in Burlington, Ontario. The research scientist leading the program was also involved in a 2015 study to test the efficiency of various ballast water testing methods onboard the research vessel Meteor on behalf of Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).

24 Oct 2017

LNG: Maritime's 'Fuel of the Future'

Timo Koponen, VP, Flow & Gas Solutions, Gas and LNG, Wärtsilä (Photo: Wärtsilä)

As the maritime world increasingly mulls alternative fuel and propulsion solutions, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News discusses the path ahead for (liquefied natural gas (LNG) with Timo Koponen, VP, Flow & Gas Solutions, Gas and LNG, Wärtsilä. The road toward acceptance of LNG as marine fuel has neither been short nor straight, but anyone who knows this market could not reasonably expect anything different. “Even though it (LNG) is very well proven both from the technology side and its benefit to the environment, nevertheless there are too many people who still doubt,” said Koponen.

01 Aug 2017

Germany Orders LNG Fueled Research Ship

rendering of the Atair; first vessel in the BSH fleet with LNG technology  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

The Fassmer shipyard in Germany is currently cinstructing a new research vessel to be owned by Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency. The new 75-meter-long ship, the Atair, will replace her 30 year old namesake, and will be the first German research vessel operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel. The engines for the new vessel will be supplied by Wärtsilä, who will also supply exhaust cleaning systems based on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology and the LNGPac system for complete fuel gas handling.

05 Jul 2017

MacGregor Bags Equipment Order for German Research Vessel

Atair II (Photo: MacGregor)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract to supply oceanographic winches and Triplex deck handling systems to a new research vessel being built by the Fassmer shipyard in Berne, Germany. The order was booked into Cargotec's second quarter 2017 order intake. MacGregor equipment deliveries are planned for completion by the end of the first quarter of 2019. The new dual-fuel (LNG) 74m vessel, Atair II, is under construction for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).

16 May 2017

Rexroth Controller Certified for Use on Ships

IndraControl XM for use in marine and offshore applications and in explosive atmospheres (Image: Bosch Rexroth)

Rexroth’s controller is now certified for use on ships, offshore installations and in explosive atmospheres. Six European and American certification boards have approved the IndraControl XM22 control hardware for use on ships and offshore installations even under extreme ambient conditions. The certifications include the control hardware, extension modules for the expansion of the communication interfaces as well as application-specific modules of the fast IndraControl S20 I/O portfolio. IndraControl XM is the latest powerful controller with IP20 protection.

04 May 2017

Germany Chooses Kongsberg Research Ship Concept

Atair II (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

A double digit multi-million Euro contract was signed by Kongsberg Maritime and Fassmer Werft on April 4th, 2017, following the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency’s (BSH) approval of Kongsberg to deliver a unique technical solution based on its ground-breaking Integrated Vessel Concepts for the newbuild research vessel Atair II, which will be built at the Fassmer yard in Berne. Kongsberg's Integrated Research Vessel concept will unite operational hydrographic and energy functions on board…

19 Feb 2015

US, German Agencies Partner for BWMS System Testing

New cooperation provides manufacturers of ballast water management systems (BWMS) with an opportunity to obtain German and U.S. NSF International, the first Independent Laboratory (IL) designated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to evaluate and test ballast water management systems (BWMS) for U.S. type approval, can now provide BWMS testing to Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH)) requirements, which are based on International Maritime Organization (IMO) Guidelines. BWMS manufacturers may now submit for required type approvals to NSF International IL and in parallel to BSH using the same set of test data. This will reduce test costs and approval time and allow ships to navigate to U.S.

20 Aug 2014

BWTS SeaCURE Gains USCG AMS Acceptance

Ballast water discharge: File photo

Evoqua Water Technologies LLC says that its SeaCURE Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) has been granted AMS Acceptance in all salinities. Following a rigorous review process, the manufacturers say that SeaCURE has been accepted for use as an AMS by the USCG. AMS acceptance means that vessel owners and operators are now permitted to use the SeaCURE ballast water treatment system in U.S. waters. SeaCURE has previously been type-approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and BSH…

03 Sep 2014

SeaCURE BWTS Gains USCG AMS Acceptance

SeaCURE Ballast Water Management System

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has granted alternate management system (AMS) acceptance of Evoqua Water Technologies SeaCURE ballast water management system for use in fresh, brackish and sea water. Evoquas AMS acceptance for use in U.S. waters is exceptional in the ballast water market in that it can operate in all salinities. As such, the SeaCURE ballast water management system provides ship owners with a type approved and AMS accepted solution that can be deployed in any trade lane.

18 Sep 2014

Seacure Higher Flow-Rate BWTS Certified by BSH

Ballast water discharge: File photo

Evoqua inform that the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie- BSH), which previously granted the Evoqua SeaCURE Ballast Water Management (BWT) system type approval, has now certified the SeaCURE system to operate in volumes from 500-4,000m3/hr. suitable for a wide range of container, LNG, tanker and other vessels. In addition to IMO type approval, the SeaCURE system also is USCG AMS accepted to operate in all salinities.

18 Sep 2014

BSH Certifies SeaCURE for Wide Range of Flow Rates

BSH presents its certification for wide range of flow rates for the previously type approved Evoqua SeaCURE Ballast Water Treatment System at SMM. L-R:  Lars Nupnau, Evoqua Director Global Business Development, Marine; Ian Stentiford, Evoqua UK Managing Director; Sabine Reuland, BSH Environmental Protection, Marine Traffic; and Ralf-Dieter Preuss, BSH Head of Environmental Issues

The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie- BSH), which previously granted the Evoqua SeaCURE Ballast Water Management (BWT) system type approval, has now certified the SeaCURE system to operate in volumes from 500-4,000m3/hr. suitable for a wide range of container, LNG, tanker and other vessels. In addition to IMO type approval, the SeaCURE system also is USCG AMS accepted to operate in all salinities. SeaCURE is based on proven Chloropac marine growth prevention system (MGPS) technology that has been deployed in more than 2…

07 Jul 2016

ABS Group Awarded BKR02 Wind Farm Certification Work

England headquartered ABS Group Ltd., a subsidiary of ABS Group of Companies, Inc., said it has received a contract to provide project certification services to DONG Energy Wind Power A/S for the planned Borkum Riffgrund 2 (BKR02), one of the largest offshore wind farms in German waters. Developed by DONG Energy, the BKR02 Project is expected to be fully commissioned in the first half of 2019 with a capacity of 450MW. The wind farm will be located in the German Bight area approximately 60 km north of Eemshaven. ABS Group's certification scope will cover project quality management and document review, as well as manufacturing inspection of the offshore substations (OSS), which includes the topsides and foundations. Inspections will be carried out in several European countries.

17 Nov 2014

IMO Type Approval for BallastMaster ultraV 500

The GEA Westfalia Separator BallastMaster ultraV 500 was awarded IMO Type Approval by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in September 2014. The 500mÂł installation is a scale-up of the 250mÂł variant which had already been certified with the IMO Type Approval in December 2011.

GEA Westfalia Separator Group was awarded IMO Type Approval by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) for the BallastMaster ultraV 500. The document was handed over by representatives of the BSH in an official capacity to the project managers of the ballast water system at SMM 2014 in Hamburg. The 500m³ installation is a scale-up of the 250m³ variant which had already been certified with the IMO Type Approval in December 2011. The GEA system uses mechanical filtration and ultraviolet radiation to treat ballast water.

29 Sep 2016

LR to class Federal German Seagoing Fleet

The WSV (Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration) represented by the Waterways and Shipping Agency (WSA) Bremen, a branch of the German government, is transferring 67 ships into Lloyd’s Register (LR) class to support the seagoing fleet of vessels owned by the German Authorities. Following a successful tender for vessels under the departments of the Local Offices for Waterways and Shipping along the German Coast, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, Federal Police and the Federal Customs, Lloyd’s Register EMEA in Germany is to class the fleet from 1 January 2017 under a five year block fee arrangement. "The decision to make Hamburg the centre for Marine and Offshore in the North European area shows how important this market is for Lloyd’s Register…

08 Nov 2016

Germany’s First Accommodation Platform for Offshore Wind Farms

From left to right: Philipp Degenhardt – Team Lead Project Certification & Interface Management (Vattenfall), Fabio Pollicino – Global Service Line Leader for Project Certification (DNV GL – Energy), Christof Huß Site Manager DanTysk Offshore Wind Farm (Vattenfall), Jana Gerhmann-Vorbau - Project Manager Renewables Certification (DNV GL – Energy), Stefan Baars - Head of Section Concrete Structures & Geotechnica (DNV GL – Energy), Mike Wöbbeking, Head of Certification body (DNV GL – Energy), Joha

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has awarded Vattenfall with a final statement of compliance for its offshore accommodation platform. This is the first offshore platform in the North Sea to host up to 50 operation and maintenance staff members working at the nearby DanTysk offshore wind farm. As the offshore wind farm is 90km away from the nearest harbour, project developer Vattenfall designed the unique offshore structure to enable staff to live independently close to the wind farm without any outside support for up to three weeks.

24 Nov 2015

Ballast Water Management in the Field Put to the Test

Figure 3: The Ballast-Check 2’s Activity parameter correlated with Walz Water PAM fluorometer’s Yield estimate.  Samples with abundances < 5 cells/ml have been omitted from the data set in this figure.

Turner Designs, along with scientists from around the world participated in a research cruise aboard the RV Meteor, a vessel owned by the Federal Republic of Germany through the Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT) and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The goal of this cruise was focused on ballast water sampling techniques and protocols. Various instruments were used to test collected ballast water enabling researchers to determine efficiency for the various sampling techniques employed.

29 Jan 2015

Navigational Charts App Debuts at Ocean Business

Image: Norcom Technology

An independent consultancy and software development company will launch a new web and PC based navigational charting app at Ocean Business 2015. Norcom Technology Limited said its eChart software combines up to date information from different sources including wreck, cable, tide and geographical data for navigational charts, making it suited for use by companies carrying out desktop studies prior to installation of offshore structures, cables, pipelines and vessel monitoring.

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