RINA, China Class Team on Yard Quality
Italian classification society and certification group RINA and the China Classification Society (CCS) have joined forces to deliver quality management system expertise to small and medium-size Chinese shipyards which intend to build ships for international trade. The two class societies have set up a joint venture company, Yizhong Marine Technical Services, based in Shanghai. It will assist between five and ten yards in its first year. The yards, suitable for building ships up to 50,000 dwt, are those which currently build only to internal Chinese standards but which wish to enter the international shipbuilding market. Yizhong will train the management and help them build and run a complete quality management system capable of building ships to international classed standards.
WPT Power Corp. Certified to ISO Standard
WPT Power Corporation announced that it has become certified to the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems standards and guidelines. WPT has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 accreditation from Det Norske Veritas (DNV). ISO 9001 is accepted worldwide as the inclusive standard that defines quality. To become certified as ISO 9001:2008 compliant, WPT Power Corporation underwent an evaluation process that included quality management system development, a management documentation review, pre-audit, initial assessment and clearance of non-conformances, all of which work to identify corrective actions that eliminate non-conformance to the quality management standard. The process culminated in a comprehensive registration audit by DNV.
GL Garrad Hassan Announces New Country Manager
Mr Dilip Kumar will take up the role of Country Manager for GL Garrad Hassan in India. India is the world's third largest market for wind, with annual installations doubling over the last several years. The reintroduction of a government subsidy wind farms and low coast loans for clean energy production should help to ensure that India's importance continues to grow as a center for the design, development and manufacture of wind turbines. Mathias Steck, Asia-Pacific Vice President for GL Garrad Hassan, announced the appointment, saying "Mr Kumar's breadth and diversity of experience will be invaluable to GL Garrad Hassan in helping our customers in dealing with the wide range of projects and geographical diversity they face.
ShipConstructor Drives Automatic Welding Robots
The last barrier to robotic shipbuilding has just fallen. What comes next will be truly exciting. It wasn’t too long ago that SSI and Wolf Robotics demonstrated some co-development which automatically drove a fully autonomous welding robot to weld several ship panels. SSI develops Autodesk based solutions for the shipbuilding and offshore industry including ShipConstructor software, an AutoCAD based CAD/CAM product line; and EnterprisePlatform, a tool for sharing product data model information. For its part, Wolf Robotics has been integrating robotic welding and cutting systems since 1978.
SpecTec Announces The New Contract with Oceanex
SpecTec is happy to announce a new contract signed with Oceanex Inc for the implementation of AMOS2 Staff Management for crewing services. As part of this project, SpecTec will implement the AMOS2 Crewing Database and configure the system identically to the existing AMOS2 Staff Management database currently being used by Oceanex Inc. both onshore and onboard the company’s three vessels, M/V Oceanex Avalon, M/V Cabot and M/V Oceanex Sanderling. Recent projects to assist Oceanex…
Makai Receives ISO Certification
Makai Ocean Engineering received ISO 9001:2008 certification which is the internationally recognized quality management standard that helps monitor and optimize an organization’s overall performance. The certification standards published by the International Organization for Standardization provide a rigorous system for measuring and evaluating quality management systems (QMS) by an accredited, independent agency with periodic audits to ensure ongoing compliance to the QMS standards. ISO 9001 certified organizations are distinguished by the quality of their products, services and processes.
Harrington Hoists, Inc. Announces ISO 9001:2008 Certification
Harrington Hoists, Inc. announced that it has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification on August 8, 2011. The intention of seeking this certification is to improve business performance by implementing processes that will ensure the company meets or exceeds customer needs. “Harrington has always been customer focused and we strive to provide quality on every level” says Bret Lussow, Business Development Sales Manager. Certification was issued after a complete review and audit, by an accredited registrar…
M/V's SIGNET STARS & STRIPES and SIGNET CONSTELLATION Christened
Vessels Christened at Trinity Shipyard amid Fanfare Befitting the Occasion, Attended by a Host of Dignitaries and Featuring a Luncheon to Celebrate the Event. Trinity Offshore, LLC and Signet Maritime Corporation christened M/V SIGNET STARS & STRIPES and M/V SIGNET CONSTELLATION yesterday at the Trinity Shipyard in Gulfport, Mississippi. This extraordinary affair included many of Signet Maritime’s and Trinity Offshore’s valued customers and employees in addition to many local, state and national political figures. The Christenings occurred at 10:30 A.M. Mrs. Gayle L.
puraDYN Receives ISO 9001:2000 Certification
puraDYN Filter Technologies Inc., the global bypass oil filtration system provider, has received ISO 9001:2000 certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO 9001:2000 is a series of internationally-accepted, multi-part quality management systems for industry-wide standardization applied to manufacturing and service organizations. Jim Gaynor, Director of Manufacturing and Operations, said, “We began this process in 2003 in order to meet the needs and expectations of our customers and management.
Cortland Cable Company Attains ISO 9001
Cortland Cable Company announces their certification to the ISO 9001:1994 Quality Systems Standard – Model for Quality Assurance in Design, Development, Production, Installation, and Servicing. The Quality Management System at Cortland Cable Company was independently assessed and certified to the ISO 9001 standard by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Certification Inc., which is an internationally recognized and certified Registrar Accredited Board (RAB) third party registrar of Quality Management Systems. John Stidd, President of Cortland Cable Company and Chief Executive Officer of The Cortland Companies, states “Our ISO 9001 certification…
Damen's Oranjewerf Yard ISO 9001:2008 Certified
Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf (DSO) has become the latest Damen ship repair yard to receive ISO 9001:2008 certification, demonstrating that the yard fulfils the requirements of the defined management system standards to consistently provide a high quality service that meets all customer, statutory and regulatory requirements through a process of continuous improvement. This specifically refers to the repair, maintenance, inspection and drydocking of inland vessels, seagoing vessels and other steel constructions.
ClassNK Holds PrimeManagement Seminar in Singapore
ClassNK held the first PrimeManagement Seminar in Singapore in February 2011. The event held at the Suntec Singapore exhibition center to showcase its new suite of services of the same name, drew more than 120 attendees from Southeast Asia and Japan. PrimeManagement is ClassNK’s total management certification service package, created to help maritime companies around the world achieve high quality management systems that effectively address the various challenges they face in an ever-changing industry.
Panama Canal Receives ISO 9001 Certifications
The Panama Canal Authority stated that its Industrial Shipyard Division and its Electrical & Aqueduct Division received ISO 9001:2000 certifications based on audits of their Quality Management Systems. Source: HK Law Source: HK Law
BV and Securymind In Anti-Piracy Initiative
International classification society Bureau Veritas has joined forces with French maritime security consultants Securymind to provide an auditing and verification service for companies providing armed guards to protect ships against piracy. Security companies offering services to shipping will be audited against the requirements set down by the “Scheme for Quality Management Systems of Private Maritime Security Companies” established by Bureau Veritas and Securymind. The scheme is based on IMO guidance set out in MSC1405 “Revised Interim Guidance To Shipowners…
The ‘Paperless’ Ship
The cloud is for “device-agnostic young slashers,” said Trond Bjorseth, marketing manager, of Oslo-based cloud consultancy, Tieto. His company offers an information management tool for subsea projects and “repositories” for the shipping sector’s operations. With Tieto you can get “one big happy project room,” although he admits at least three suppliers offer something similar. For its own future “slashers,” Glasgow-based ship manager Norbulk Shipping opted instead for Google Cloud Technology Solutions…
IMEC Appoints Dalela Training Manager
Captain Anand Dalela is to join IMEC beginning 1 January 2009 as its representative Training Manager in the Philippines. The International Maritime Employers' Committee (IMEC) is an employers organization based in London. Captain Dalela will be taking over from Captain Cedric D’Souza who will be moving on to new opportunities in the United States. Captain Dalela has experience sailing aboard product tankers, VLCCs and bulk carriers, having commenced his career as a cadet in 1993. On passing the examinations required to attain his Master’s Certificate in 2002 he continued sailing as Chief Officer until 2005 when he was given his first command of the bulk carrier Federal Rhine.
Elcome Opens Calibration Lab and Repair Facility
Elcome International has established a new calibration lab and electronics component repair facility at its worldwide headquarters in Dubai. The calibration and electronics repair services are operated by Navicom Calibration LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elcome. Navicom is providing a full range of calibration and certification services for critical portable instruments and fixed systems. The operation is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by the Dubai Accreditation Center and the quality management systems are certified by DNV GL to ISO 9001:2008.
TOTE Earns OHSAS Certification
Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc., (TOTE), a shipping company operating roll-on/roll-off cargo vessels between the Ports of Tacoma, Wash., and Anchorage, Alaska, announced its completion in April of the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 certification process for safety standards. TOTE was certified to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2004 standard for environmental practices in 2007. The OHSAS 18001 implementation was done in coordination with 14001 as a health, safety and environmental (HSE) program. TOTE has retained an ISO certification for quality management systems (9000 series) since 1998. To achieve those targets, TOTE enacted numerous practices, including a safety orientation for all employees and new employees.
AEGIR-Marine: New Propulsion Workshop DNV-GL approved
AEGIR-Marine reports that it received an Approved Workshop statement from DNV-GL. AEGIR-Marine is the first brand-independent service provider in The Netherlands with an approved workshop for repair and maintenance of propulsion systems. For brand-independent service providers who perform repair and maintenance work on maritime propulsion systems, approval of their workshop is completely new. AEGIR-Marine approached DNV-GL for the approval process, because this agency also supported the company in obtaining the ISO 9001 certification, the international standard for quality management systems.
Drydocks World Inks Agreement with DNV GL
Drydocks World and Maritime World, a provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, has announced that it has reached an agreement with DNV GL and appointed the Classification Society to provide recertification services for its Quality Management Systems. DNV GL will be reviewing and auditing Drydocks World & Maritime World Quality Management Systems as per the agreed plans to verify compliance with the ISO 9001:2008 standard and to identify potential process improvement opportunities. The contract was signed by Eng.
ShipConstructor: Sentinel Class Cutters
Bollinger Shipyards is relying on ShipConstructor 3D marine production software to build the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRC). The Sentinel Class is a new generation of USCG patrol boat that is a replacement for the Island Class Cutters Bollinger built almost a quarter century ago. The contract for up to 34 vessels is expected to last ten years. These cutters are based on a Damen 4708 hull form modified by Bollinger using ShipConstructor to meet the US Coast Guard’s specific requirements.
Solace Global Maritime is first PMSC to Train Internal Auditors
Solace Global Maritime, a leading private maritime security company (PMSC), has confirmed its commitment to implementing international standards by training internal auditors. Already certified to ISO 9001, 18001 and 14001, the company is one of the first PMSCs to have conducted such training in preparation for the new ISO PAS 28007 accreditation, Guidelines for Private Maritime Security Companies. The two day course was attended by four employees and hosted internally at Solace’s head office by the company’s QSHE Manager, Tony Hanson, a qualified lead assessor.
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd. Attain ISO Certification
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd. awarded ISO 9001:2008 Management System Standard certification by DNV. The ISO 9001:2008 certificate awarded by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) recognises GAC Bunker Fuels’ best management practices in the trading and brokerage of marine fuels and lubricants across its global operational sites. It demonstrates the company’s full compliance with the requirements of this international best practice standard, which considers a range of measures, including management responsibility, resource management, product quality and the improvement of quality management systems across the organisation. Nicholas Browne, Global Director of GAC Bunker Fuels Limited, says: “Quality assurance has been the guiding principle behind GAC Bunker Fuels’ growth.