Norwegian Maritime Authority News

28 Nov 2018

Wärtsilä Automated Shipping Tests Successful

The ‘Folgefonn’ was operated autonomously for its entire route from dock-to-dock with the Wärtsilä automated dock-to-dock solution. Pic: Wärtsilä Marine Solutions

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä conducted a successful round of tests on its automated dock-to-dock solution. The system was tested on ‘Folgefonn’ ferry, which visited all three ports serviced by the vessel, with the autonomous operation being utilised uninterrupted for the entire route.Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) was present during the test. Joonas Makkonen, Vice President, Voyage Solutions, Wärtsilä said: "This represents a huge step forward in validating automated shipping solutions…

15 Oct 2018

Ecochlor Harmonizes USCG and IMO Type Approvals

Pic:  Ecochlor

The provider of ballast water treatment solutions for ship builders Ecochlor announcef the complete harmonization of United States Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval to their International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval for their line of Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment Systems.During Ecochlor’s USCG Type Approval amendment process, minor updates and improvements were made to aspects such as documentation, available filter models, and control system software, said a press release from the company.Once the USCG Type Approval amendment was complete…

27 Jun 2018

DNV GL Type Approval for XPAND Battery System

Image: XALT Energy

U.S. manufacturer of lithium-ion cells and battery systems XALT Energy’s XPAND Battery system has been certified as acceptable for installation on all marine vessels classified by DNV GL. According to a press release from the company, XPAND Battery System has been demonstrated to comply with DNV GL rules for Classification of Ships, Offshore Units, and High Speed and Light Craft, and was therefore granted Type Approval Certificate TAE00002YC. The certification includes XALT Energy’s XMP71P-based systems, including XALT’s Battery Management System (BMS).

09 Mar 2018

DNV GL JDP for Marine Batteries

Energy storage system onboard a passenger ferry (Photo: DNV GL)

Classification society DNV GL has announced the launch of a Joint Development Project (JDP), designed to advance the understanding of the use of lithium-ion batteries in the shipping industry. More than a dozen partners from the entire value chain have joined the initiative, including flag states, research institutions, battery and propulsion suppliers, fire detection and extinguishing system providers, and ship owners, operators and yards. “Including batteries in ships, whether as a hybrid or fully electric system…

06 Feb 2018

Revised G8 Certificate for Alfa Laval PureBallast 3

Alfa Laval PureBallast (Photo: Alfa Laval)

PureBallast 3, the third generation ballast water treatment technology from Swedish manufacturer Alfa Laval, is the first solution to be type approved according to the revised IMO G8 testing requirements. DNV GL, acting on behalf of the Norwegian Maritime Authority, issued an updated type approval certificate on February 2, making Alfa Laval the first supplier compliant with the revised G8 demands. The revised G8 guidelines, which are more in line with the stringent U.S. Coast Guard requirements…

27 Dec 2017

Driver-less Ships: Autonomy in the Maritime Sector

 “Phase 1” to “2”: Rolls-Royce’s remote monitoring facility at Longva, near Aalesund. Photo: William Stoichevski

In a show of prototypes, a pod of unmanned sailboats from around the world competes to cross “The Atlantic” test tank in Horten, Norway. Cross the real ocean, and the Sail Bots race similarly challenges scholarly robotic-vessel designers to North America for a bit of station-keeping, collision-avoidance and “cargo moves”. For all, the future seems bright — the first commercial runs of unmanned vessels are underway or scheduled worldwide. These earliest movers have the support of governments, Google and grateful clients.

03 Oct 2017

Viking Planning Hydrogen-powered Cruise Ship

A hydrogen-powered cruise ship may be modeled on the same design as Viking Cruises’ most recent vessel, the Viking Sun. (Photo: Viking Cruises)

Viking Cruises is reportedly working on a project to develop a vessel fuelled by liquid hydrogen that could become the world’s first cruise ship with zero-emission technology, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA). NMA said the announcement was made by Viking Cruises project manager Serge Fossati during the Safety at Sea Conference in Haugesund. “This is a world sensation. Very exciting. If they pull this off, a distribution network may be established, which will enable others as well to use hydrogen as fuel…

11 Jul 2017

BOURBON to Support World's First Autonomous OSV Project

Following further developments in its design, Hrönn will now be a monohulled vessel of 37 m length, better suited for the intended operations. (Image: Bourbon/Automated Ships Ltd.)

BOURBON entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Automated Ships Ltd to support the building of the world’s first autonomous, fully-automated prototype vessel for offshore operations, in collaboration with the project’s primary technology partner, KONGSBERG. BOURBON will provide detailed input to the development and design of the Hrönn project, ensuring flexibility, reliability and cost efficiency to operate safely and effectively in the offshore environment. In the second phase of the project…

04 Jun 2017

Battery Pioneers AKASOL , ZEM Set Sail Together

Photo provided by AKASOL

The German expert for lithium-ion battery systems AKASOL and the Norwegian pioneer of maritime energy storage solutions ZEM have worked together on the development of AKAZEM. The result is a unique autonomous IP 67 compliant liquid cooled modular system that can be combined in a “lego-like” fashion to meet smaller vessels’ space and power requirements up to a 2C power range at costs that opens many new applications. The first joint product, AKAZEM 15 OEM, is a self-contained modular battery unit specifically designed for work boats in the aquaculture industry…

30 Mar 2017

Look to the Nordics for Digital Maritime Solutions

Birgit Liodden (Photo: Nor-shipping)

Birgit Liodden, Director of Nor-Shipping, argues that Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have the infrastructure, understanding and ambition to drive the digital transformation shipping requires for future sustainability and success. The world isn’t standing still, and shipping can’t afford to. The pace of change in society is accelerating every day, enabled by digitalization and facilitated by individuals and firms that see potential rather than challenges. New business models can be born overnight, efficiencies unlocked with the tap of a screen, and resources utilized as never before.

06 Mar 2017

Norsafe to Equip Australia's New Polar Research Ship

Photo: Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

Norsafe said it has signed a contract with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding BV to supply IMO Polar Code compliant Life Saving Appliances (LSA) to an arctic supply and research vessel for the Australian Antarctic Division. Norsafe will supply two JYN-85 conventional lifeboats with LH-140 davits and two JYN-115 lifeboats with LH-185 davits to the vessel. This is the second order Norsafe has received for its specialist LSA winning its first Polar Code contract with the British Antarctic Survey Polar Research vessel Sir David Attenborough in November last year.

30 Dec 2016

Marine Battery Systems Come of Age

Saft’s Seanergy Marine Battery System offers a different way forward in the quest for reduced emissions in marine propulsion. Discovering new means to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiencies are top-of-mind for all companies in today’s day and age. The Paris Climate Deal, initiated nearly a year ago, is just one example of the world coming together to combat global warming. In the marine industry, operating with clean propulsion is a crucial goal for all parties involved, from navies, designers and shipyards to original equipment manufacturers (OEMS) and battery suppliers.

01 Nov 2016

World First: Unmanned Autonomous Boat for Offshore Ops

Artists impression of the ‘Hrönn’. (Photo: Automated Ships Ltd.)

While talk of autonomous operations in the maritime sector have swirled for years, the talk becomes reality as Automated Ships Ltd. (an M Subs Ltd subsidiary) and Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build the world’s first unmanned and fully-automated vessel for offshore operations. In January 2017, Automated Ships Ltd will contract the ‘Hrönn’, which will be designed and built in Norway in cooperation with KONGSBERG. Sea trials will take place…

06 Oct 2016

Singapore Continues to Harmonize LNG Bunkering Standards

MoU inked to further efforts to facilitate uptake of LNG for the future. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

To develop the world’s first set of harmonised LNG bunkering standards, a network comprising Antwerp, Rotterdam, Singapore and Zeebrugge, subsequently expanded to include Jacksonville and Norway, was formed. Taking reference from documents by organisations such as the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), this set of harmonised standards  will ensure that key areas of the LNG bunkering process are aligned across ports carrying out LNG bunkering operations.

05 Oct 2016

Singapore Plans to Shape Bunkering for World's Future

Expansion of international focus group to cooperate on LNG bunkering. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) introduced several new initiatives at SIBCON as part of Singapore’s continued efforts to enhance bunkering processes and prepare the bunkering industry to meet future demands. MPA previously announced the mandatory adoption of MFM for Marine Fuel Oil (MFO) deliveries in the Port of Singapore from 1 January 2017. MPA is on track for implementation with 110 bunker tankers already approved to perform MFO deliveries through MFM in the Port of Singapore.

27 Sep 2016

Norway Approves PBES Lithium Energy Storage

Photo: PBES

Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) said its marine energy storage system has received approval for use in electric and hybrid vessels in Norway, having met the new Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) standard. The lithium-ion battery manufacturer PBES, who uses the proprietary CellCool cooling and E-Vent ventilation systems, tested its energy storage system at its Trondheim facility on June 17, 2016. The test attempted to force overcharge the batteries into a thermal runaway situation and was prevented by the PBES safety systems.

08 Jul 2016

Seminar on DNV GL DP Operator Training & Certification

DP training in KONGSBERG simulators at Kongsberg Maritime Ltd’s Aberdeen training centre. Photo Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime Ltd, the UK subsidiary of global marine technology company Kongsberg Maritime, welcomed customers to its Aberdeen training centre on Thursday 30th June for a seminar on the future of Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) Training and Certification. Delegates from operators including Helix, V-Ships and Technip attended the seminar to find out more about the new KONGSBERG Training and Certification Scheme for DP Operators, which is certified by DNV GL and recognised by the industry.

25 Apr 2016

Kongsberg Introduces ECDIS E-Learning Course

Photo: Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime’s ECDIS training portfolio has expanded with the introduction of an online E-Learning course for familiarisation training on its K-Bridge and K-Nav ECDIS products. Developed in compliance with STCW and ISM, the new course offers more choice for users of KONGSBERG ECDIS by providing training that can be conducted remotely and in the customer’s or individual student’s own timeframe. Created in collaboration with the Maritime University of Szczecin, the new E-Learning…

21 Sep 2015

NMA Prohibits CO2 Firefighting on MODU's

Statutory Alert: The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has updated Regulation No.227 on precautionary measures against fire and explosion on mobile offshore units, with effect from 1 January, 2015. Section 10.2.1 prohibits using carbon dioxide or other gases which are toxic to humans in the concentrations necessary to extinguish fires in machinery spaces and other spaces of high fire risk. foreign-registered mobile offshore units requiring a Letter of Compliance (LOC). Any foreign…

06 Aug 2015

New World Record for Norsafe

Photo courtesy of Norsafe

Norsafe set a new world record June 25, 2015, when the 70 passenger GES50 MKIII was dropped from 40 meters with 10 persons on board. There has never before been a staffed lifeboat dropped from this height. The drop was completed successfully, and the triumphant crew emerged to an applause from the supporting crew and technical staff. “The feeling of being weightless for more than 3 seconds of time felt like forever, although the wait up until the actual drop felt much longer.

13 Jul 2015

Videotel Secures NMA Approval

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Videotel, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., has received the approval of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for its security training courses. Videotel’s “Maritime Security Awareness,” “Designated Security Duties,” and “Shipboard Security Officer” training courses have been approved in their entirety by the NMA for meeting the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) codes, and seafarers completing these courses will receive the necessary qualifications and certificates for shipboard duty.

19 Feb 2015

SGMF Releases First LNG Bunkering Safety Guidelines

Photo courtesy of SGMF

The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) released the 1st edition of its LNG Bunkering Safety Guidelines yesterday. The goal of the document is to provide the bunkering industry with best practices in order to ensure that gas-fuelled ships are re-fuelled with high levels of safety, integrity, and reliability, the group said in a press release. The 82-page document was created by a working group featuring employees from the Swedish Marine Authority, Shell, MOL Group, Lloyd's Register, DNVGL, the Norwegian Maritime Authority, Alkane Marine and IAPH.

13 Feb 2015

CAE Gains Approval for BRM and ERM Training

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (Sjøfartsdirektoratet)  granted approval to the CAE Oslo training center to conduct Bridge Resource Management (BRM) and Engine Resource Management (ERM) training. The training courses are designed to address human behaviour and attitudes which can lead to human error on the bridge as well as in control and engine rooms. This approval allows CAE to train engineers and deck officers separately or on a combined course (vessel team).The approval meets the Standards of Training…

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