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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Joint Tanker Project Common Rules Draft Released

The Joint Tanker Project (JTP) team of Lloyd’s Register, ABS and DNV has delivered draft common Rules for oil tankers, equal to or greater than 150 metres in length, to their technical committees, the wider industry and the International Association of Classification Societies for review and comment. We have provided the knowledge and the processes to enable shipowners and shipbuilders to implement the new Rules. The objectives of JTP have been to improve the robustness and durability of oil tankers and to eliminate different approaches to scantling requirements. · net scantlings: the approach is based upon net thickness plus a corrosion margin. The net thickness is the material required to withstand the loads applied.

IRClass: New Rules for LNG Fueled Coastal/Inland Vessels

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has released new rules for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled coastal and inland vessels. The new rules, which come in addition to its already established rules for ocean going ships, aim to underscore the increasing importance of using cleaner fuels, and help maritime stakeholders to promote environment friendly fuels for coastal and inland vessels, the class society said. The rules for gas fuelled vessels have been developed based on a study of the various international requirements such as the ESTRIN (European Standard laying down Technical Requirements for Inland Navigation Vessels), the IMO IGF Code and consultations with various stakeholders.

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.

Offshore Wind Rules Set New Standard

Lloyd’s Register releases new Rules, Class Notation and Guidance Notes for ‘Wind Turbine Installation and Maintenance Vessels and Liftboats’ to reflect industry best practice and new novel designs. The new Rules form part of the wider Mobile Offshore Unit Rule set 2013 launched by Lloyd’s Register in June, and is for vessels engaged in installation and/or maintenance activities relating to offshore wind turbines. It covers a number of unit types as well as liftboats, whose primary function is to provide support services to offshore wind turbine installations or other types of offshore installation. Vessels which comply with the requirements of the new Rules will be eligible for a new classification notation (MainWIND).

Lloyd’s Register's New, Consolidated, Rules for Offshore Units

Courtesy Lloyd’s Register

Lloyd’s Register has launched its new Rules for Offshore Units in one single document following an in-depth consultation with industry. It signals a move by the world’s oldest classification and certification society, to modernise the way in which Rules and their guidance notes are presented to industry – and importantly how they are used by designers and operators of Offshore Units. straightforward to read, understand and apply,” said Richard Nott, VP of Operations for Lloyd’s Register’s Compliance Services business.

ClassNK Issues New Rules for Inland Waterway Ships

Inland waterways vessel

Leading classification society ClassNK has released new technical rules and guidance for the survey and construction of inland waterway ships. As a result of ClassNK’s recent expansion of its global activities, in particular across South America, the number of inland waterway ships on the ClassNK register has continued to grow, accounting for 15% of all vessels classed over the past year alone. In order to support this growing market and ensure the safety of the inland waterway fleet…

EU Shipbuilding Aid: New Rules Unveiled

The European Union unveiled new rules for assessing aid to the bloc's shipbuilding sector on Wednesday, hailing the reform as intended to help foster innovation in an industry facing tough global competition, according to a Reuters report. The new rules will go into force from Jan 1 next year and extends the scope of current regulations to inland waterway vessels, floating and moving offshore structures while refining rules on innovation aid. Rules on export credits and regional aid remain unchanged under the new regime, which will apply for two years. After that, provisions will be integrated into future versions of regulations on state aid for innovation and regional aid.

DNV GL Publishes New Classification Rule Set

Remi Eriksen (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL's new rules for classification of ships become publicly available online today following a development and review process involving 250 internal experts and more than 800 customers and maritime stakeholders. The result of the combined experience and expertise of two classification societies, the new rules are modern, easy to work with, industry-driven, efficient and ready for the future, DNV GL said. “This is an historic moment,” said Remi Eriksen, DNV GL Group President and CEO. “After such a thorough process it is very exciting to launch the new DNV GL classification rules.

IACS Joint Bulker Project seeks Industry Input

Common rules for bulk carriers have taken another step forward as the IACS Joint Bulker Project team have made a series of presentations to shipowners, seeking industry input to the rules. The JBP is made up of BV, CCS, ClassNK, GL, KR, RINA and RS. The aim of the Joint Bulker Project is to develop a set of common IACS rules and procedures to determine the scantlings of structural members of single or double hull bulk carriers of more than 90 m in length. The first draft of those rules has now been presented to industry in Shanghai, Tokyo, Pusan, New York and Rome, and a review of the draft will be complete by October 2004. The new rules should enter into force with all IACS members on July 1, 2005.

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, “Naval concerns about the safety of military ship in peacetime have prompted the development of naval classification rules. This new edition, dated September 2006, benefits from experience gained during the recent new construction programmes for the French navy.

BV Launches New Rules for Yachts, Megayachts

Bureau Veritas is launching a fully updated set of classification rules for yachts and megayachts. The Rules cover design approval, material and equipment certification and construction surveillance at the yard for single yacht building or for production in large series following an alternative survey scheme. Motor and sailing yachts of mono or multi hull type, built in steel, aluminium alloys or composite materials are covered. A major addition to the new Rules is a set of standards applicable to very large charter yachts and yachts with over 12 passengers. These standards bridge the gap between international conventions applying to passenger ships and yacht industry standards.

Germanischer Lloyd Publishes New Rules for Materials

The revised and expanded Rules for Materials and Components of Germanischer Lloyd are now available. The Rules define the properties of various metallic materials and lay down the requirements for the production processes and the manufacturers. The prerequisites and conditions for the corresponding approvals are also stipulated. For the manufacturers and suppliers of materials and components intended for use on GL-classed ships, the Rules of Germanischer Lloyd form an essential prerequisite. The new edition has been updated to reflect current technical standards and new codes, with improvements in the cross-references. The new rules are available now on the Internet at www.gl-group.com Client Support Rules & Guidelines II Materials and Welding Part 1 Metallic Materials.

Bureau Veritas Issues New Rules for OSVs, Tugs

BV classed tug, Dux - now operating in Hammerfest, Norway. Image courtesy of Gondan Shipbuilders  (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Classification society Bureau Veritas has issued new rules for the Classification of Offshore Service Vessels and Tugs, including new class notations for pipelay vessels, accommodation units, offshore construction vessels and offshore support vessels. Gijsbert de Jong, Bureau Veritas Marine Marketing and Sales Director, said: “With this new publication Bureau Veritas provides the industry with a clear framework for the classification of offshore service vessels and tugs based on an end-user friendly system of class notations reflecting the terminology used by the industry.

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

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. But the rules have now been changed following representations made by Moore Stephens and by other shipping industry representatives.

BIMCO to go by York-Antwerp Rules 2016

Søren Larsen Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO

BIMCO’s Documentary Committee, who met in Copenhagen yesterday, have agreed that all new and revised BIMCO charter parties and bills of lading will now refer to general average being adjusted in accordance with the new York-Antwerp Rules (YAR) 2016. The YAR 2016 were adopted by the Assembly of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) at its 42nd International Conference held last week in New York. The YAR 2016 largely reflect the YAR 1994, which BIMCO has to date recommended as the basis for general average adjustments…

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 to all modes and for cargoes being imported or exported. For cargoes being exported by ship, the electronic manifest information will have to be submitted at least 24 hours prior to departure from the U.S. port where the cargo is laden. The requirement is to be phased in over the coming months.

Coast Guard Issues New Oil Barge Regulations

According to reports, the Coast Guard has issued new rules governing the transportation of oil through Buzzards Bay that require single-hulled tankers and oil barges to be escorted by a second tugboat. The rules are designed to reduce the likelihood of a spill and apply to vessels carrying 5,000 or more barrels of oil. They also require the primary tugboat to have a federally licensed pilot on board, independent of the master and crew. The Coast Guard also is instituting a system to monitor the movement of all larger commercial vessels in the bay. Buzzards Bay has been the site of several oil spills, including one in which nearly 100,000 gallons of fuel leaked from a barge that struck a shoal in 2003. The new rules take effect on Nov. 28. Source: AP

Lloyd's Register Boxes Clever

Container Terminal: Photo credit LR

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 up to 19% more cargo weight.

Tonnage Tax Regime Tightens

The Inland Revenue issued new anti-avoidance legislation in December, which will have a significant impact on tonnage tax companies that lease vessels. "These changes will particularly affect the financing of expensive ships such as gas carriers or large cruise ships, as capital allowances will be restricted where a ship costs more than £40 million. regime. to a UK company which has not made a tonnage tax election. companies. capital allowances. being finance leases. * restricted where a ship costs more than £40 million. * denied in the case of certain sale and leasebacks. exchange for a lump sum payment. does not exceed three years. particularly for expensive ships. other tonnage tax regimes, has been reduced. companies looking to raise finance by using sale and leaseback arrangements.

EU Council Adopts Port Reform

Photo: ESPO

On 23 January, the Council of Ministers adopted the Port Regulation, which concludes the procedure at first reading. The European Parliament voted on 14 December 2016. The legal act will be signed by both institutions in mid-February and published in the EU Official Journal a few weeks later. It will enter into force 20 days after its publication. The principles set out in the Regulation will apply 2 years after the entry into force. This means that by March 2019 these rules will have to be applied in all TEN-T ports of the European Union.

India Shipping Fleet Bullish on New Rules

Image: Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd

A new rule is being proposed by central government India, under which importers will have to give half of their freight business to local shipping firms. The government  is proposing a law for importers to sign 5-year contracts with local shipping firms. Country's state-owned firms may have to give half of their freight business to local shippers. This is done to help rescue the industry battered by the global commodities downturn. The new rules will boost Indian shipping fleet, but may dent foreign shippers, according to market sources.

Stern Anchors, Navigation Underway in St. Lawrence Seaway

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, in conjunction with the Canadian Saint Lawrence Seaway Management Company, promulgated a rule making the requirement for stern anchors applicable to large tug and barge combinations and by adding new requirements for manning of the wheelhouse for vessels underway. The new rule comes into effect on July 21, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 36748

ClassNK Unveils IACS Compliant Design Software

ClassNK Releases World’s First Harmonized CSR Compliant Ship Design Support Software. Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced the release of a new version of its PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) ship design support software that is fully compliant with the new IACS Common Structural Rules (harmonized CSR) for oil tankers and bulk carriers. The new ship design support software is the first in the world to fully support the new Common Strucutural Rules, which were adopted by IACS in December 2013.

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