ABS Forms Independent Offshore Technical Committee
ABS continues to cultivate industry expertise for the development and modification of Rules and Guides with the formation of The Offshore Technical Committee of ABS. “ABS once again has taken the lead in working with the offshore industry,” said ABS President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “The Technical Committee of ABS has advised us for many years. The goal of the recent division of The Technical Committee of ABS into separate committees was to refine the focus of each committee to facilitate information exchange for Rule and Guide development and modification. ABS is the first class society to take this approach. The first meeting of the The Offshore Technical Committee, hosted 3-4 May 2012 in Houston, was attended by a majority of the 40 members elected by The Council of ABS.
ABS Forms Hong Kong Technical Committee
ABS continues to work closely with industry through its extensive international network of technical committees that advise ABS on Rule development. ABS has expanded this network with the formation of the organization's 19th technical advisory committee, the ABS Hong Kong Technical Committee. The purpose of the newly formed committee is to promote the exchange of technical views on ABS Rules through close cooperation with industry. Through this forum for open discussion about evolving technical challenges…
ABS Hosts Technical Committee Meetings
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) held its annual Marine Technical Committee and Offshore Technical Committee meetings in Houston May 7-8, 2015, convening a broad cross section of industry stakeholders to review proposed changes to ABS Rules and to discuss the direction of the organization's research and development (R&D) program. "The annual meetings of The Marine Technical Committee (TMTC) and The Offshore Technical Committee (TOTC) provide a forum for industry leaders to share their views on suggested changes to ABS Rules and to exchange ideas that help guide our R&D efforts…
ABS Expands Greek Presence
Classification society ABS unveiled its Global Ship Systems Center and announced the formation of its Hellenic Technical Committee in Athens. “This cutting-edge facility brings together industry-recognized technical leaders to support clients throughout the entire lifecycle of their assets,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. Through a systems-based approach, the Global Ship Systems Center addresses the increasing complexity of mechanical and cyber-enabled systems onboard vessels.
DDW Chairman to Chair DNV Offshore Technical Committee
Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World Dubai, His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim has accepted an invitation to chair the DNV Offshore Technical Committee. H.E. Buamim discussed with Mr. Henrik O. Madsen, DNV GL Group President & CEO, the ongoing business and the existing cooperation between the two groups and ways to strengthen them. The meeting (which included Uwe Bullwinkel, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager India & Middle East, DNV GL Maritime and Mr. Omar Abu Omar - Area Manager…
ICS Names Cresswell Marine Committee Chairman
The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has appointed Martin Cresswell, Technical Director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, as the new Chairman of the ICS Marine Committee. He succeeds Peter Bond (Cyprus Shipping Chamber) who recently stood down following four years of service as Chairman of ICS’s principal technical committee. “The Marine Committee is very much the engine room of ICS, overseeing the work of the many ICS technical committees and the development of policy positions which we represent at IMO meetings…
ABS Addresses Marine and Offshore Industry Challenges
ABS held its annual Marine and Offshore Technical Committee Meetings in Houston in early May and addressed industry challenges and sharpen focus on future needs. “Collaborating with significant and recognized industry leaders representing ship owners, yards, operators, equipment manufacturers and vendors helps guide our research and development focus,” said ABS Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman. Fireman identified four key focus areas that will help industry deal with this new data-centric world: data collection, data security, data management and data analytics.
Agenda For DNV-GL Regional Offshore Committee Meet
His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World and chairperson of the DNV GL Offshore Technical Committee outlined the key focus areas for the Regional Committee meeting that will be held in Dubai on October 23, 2014. This was discussed at a meeting with DNV representatives Mr. Bijali M.P., Regional Manager – Offshore Class, Middle East & India and Mr. Ralph Becker, Regional Manager – Business Development, Middle East & India. H.E. Buamim discussed the importance of constructive cooperation to push the maritime industry and allied operations in developing economic relations and investment activities in targeted areas and emerging markets.
ClassNK Drafts Amendments to Containership Rules
Classification society ClassNK has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers, with the aim of implementing more comprehensive rules for increased ship safety. The amendments were approved by the ClassNK Technical Committee in Tokyo on November 19. The ClassNK Technical Committee is made up of representatives from the shipping and shipbuilding industries as well as scholars and experts to discuss matters relating to the establishment and revision of technical rules and guidance.
Singapore Adopts Standard for Bunker Mass Flow Metering
The world’s first National Technical Reference for Bunker Mass Flow Metering (TR48 : 2015) was launched in support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)’s and industry’s initiative to use the mass flow metering (MFM) system for marine fuel oil deliveries in Singapore with effect from January 1, 2017. MPA said the TR sets out clear requirements for measurement and system integrity that provides a fair basis for custody transfer between the bunker supplier and bunker buyer in Singapore. Bunkering in Singapore has grown tremendously since standardized bunker delivery procedures were adopted in the early 1990s. MPA has reported record bunker sales volume of 45.16 million metric tons in 2015, making Singapore the world's largest bunkering port.
ClassNK First 2011 Meeting of Technical Committee
The first meeting of the ClassNK Technical Committee was held at the Industry Club of Japan in Tokyo Feb. 8. The Technical Committee, which includes top technical experts from throughout the maritime industry as well as leading maritime universities, is charged with reviewing and approving all amendments to the ClassNK Rules. During today’s meeting the Committee approved a total of 39 amendments and revisions to the leading class society’s rules, including changes reflecting new research, amendments to international regulations, and the changing needs of the maritime industry. “This has been a busy year for ClassNK,” remarked Mr. Ueda…
ABS Conducts First Hellenic Technical Committee Meeting
ABS has hosted the inaugural meeting of the Hellenic Technical Committee (HTC) at its state-of-the-art Global Ship Systems Center (GSSC). “The Hellenic shipping community possesses a wealth of engineering knowledge and we are honored to assemble such a credentialed Technical Committee,” said ABS Europe Division Senior Vice President Vassilios Kroustallis. The HTC includes more than 20 key technical professionals across the maritime industry representing owners, operators and owner associations.
Arctic Standards Development Moves Ahead
Improving and updating Arctic design standards for material, equipment, and offshore structures for the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries. Seventy representatives from seven countries met for two days in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador in early October to further the creation of standards for resource development in the Arctic. The countries represented included Canada, UK, France, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, and Russian Federation. It was the third annual…
ABS Council Adds Members
At the recent ABS Council meeting, 31 prominent members of the shipping and offshore industries were elected as new members of the prominent international classification society. The ABS Council also elected seven new members to the society’s Technical Committee. “Our strength as a classification society is the breadth of experience and depth of wisdom of our membership,” said ABS Chairman & CEO Robert D. Somerville. Zamil A. Thomas J. Angiolino, Senior Vice President, Willis of New York, Inc. Commodore R. Balasubrmaniam, IN (Retd.), Director, Rajapur Shipyard Pvt. Ltd. Dong-Su Choi, President & CEO, SLS Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Robert G. George A. Cupstid, Senior Vice President and General Manager, LeTourneau Technologies, Inc. Tim E. Steven Durrell, President, Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
Classification Society ABS Selects Key Advisors
Following the 151st Annual Meeting of Members and of the Board of Directors ABS informs that industry leaders were elected and appointed to serve on several bodies that contribute to the operation of the classification society as it fulfills its mission of promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment. “ABS is proud to announce such a strong group of marine and offshore industry leaders that will help guide the direction of one of the world’s leading classification societies,” said ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. John A. RADM James A.
I talk a lot. much. But it is an inherent element of my professsion in the timely collection and dissemination of information. More importantly, though, is that I know when to shut up and listen. No matter how many hours I spend on the phone or in myriad meetings during a given year, there is always one conversation that stands out; one conversation that conveys more than the others combined. I had the pleasure of that conversation last month in a conference call with Admiral Robert E. Kramek, (USCG retired), President and COO, ABS Americas, and co-chairman of the conference's technical committee, and Dr. Henry S. Marcus, Professor of Marine Systems in the Ocean Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
ABS Elects Members and Corporate Officers
At the recent Board of Directors and Council meetings of the international classification society ABS, 26 prominent members of the shipping and offshore industries were elected as new members of the society, as well as a new member elected to its technical committee and two corporate officer positions. Mark W. Angela A. Mike J. Dowdy, Vice President of Engineering, Rowan Companies, Inc. Capt. Angeliki N. Frangou, Chairman & CEO, Navios Maritime Holdings, Inc. Aditya Ashok Garware, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Garware Offshore Services, Ltd. James J. Gaughan, President, James J. Gaughan & Associates Inc. Dr. Ho-Chung Kim, CEO, Daehan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Capt. Tae-Jin Kwon, President & CEO, SLS Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Jong-Ho Lee, President, JINSE Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
RINA New Environmental & Security Standards
Genova-based classification society RINA has introduced new voluntary standards which will allow ships to connect to shore-based electricity while in port, reducing harbour air pollution. And at the same session of its Technical Committee it approved a series of new standards aimed at improving security standards for yachts. The new notation HVSC - High Voltage Shore Connection - sets standards to design into a newbuilding or modify an existing ship so that electricity can be supplied from the shore to the ship for the operation of the ship's machinery while in port. The diesel generators can be shut down, considerably reducing the ship's emissions.
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.
OTC Approves New Construction Rules
Two new Rule-sets approved at the first Offshore Technical Committee (OTC) held at LR's Global Technology Centre in Singapore. Lloyd's Register say that these two new rule-sets will be made public later this month (May 2013). The Floating Offshore Installations at a Fixed Location 2013 Rules and the Mobile Offshore Unit 2013 Rules, contain several changes from previous versions in order to improve usability, reflect industry best practice, new novel designs and legislative changes. The Rules never stand still and are continuously amended to improve usability, reflect industry best practice, new novel designs and legislative changes.
Morandi to Head GustoMSC’s Houston Office
Dr. Alberto Morandi has been appointed to the position of General Manager of GustoMSC’s office in Houston. He will be responsible for running the office and will act as point of contact for GustoMSC’s U.S. clients. GustoMSC is a design and engineering firm serving the offshore energy sector, and its U.S. office represents the company’s design solutions, associated hardware and specialist consultancy and engineering services in the local markets of the U.S. and the Americas. With Dr. Morandi’s appointment, GustoMSC said it aims to further ensure close working relations with its local clients and to facilitate easy access to the technical expertise of its headquarters in the Netherlands. Dr.
Ship Structure Committee, Volunteers Wanted
The Ship Structure Committee (SSC) is currently recruiting volunteers for the SR – 1463 “Challenges to be Faced by the Arctic Ships” research project. Project Technical Committee (PTC) Chairman is Chao Lin of MARAD at 202-366-1847 or email@example.com. MARAD is the funding agency. Anyone interested in participating as a member of the PTC for this project should reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and the PTC Chairman. The SSC has a short time frame to prepare a new Statement of Work, announce the contract, review proposals and award this contract by September 25, 2009. (www.shipstructure.org)
Technical Committee Discusses Flexibility in Ship Design
The new "Technical Committee on Risk Management" of Germanischer Lloyd was established to respond to the growing significance of risk-based approaches for the maritime industry. The new committee's main objective is facilitation and consolidation of industry's needs related to the application of risk-based methods for future profitable maritime business. The new "Technical Committee on Risk Management" comprises representatives from all stakeholders of the maritime industry, namely ship owners and operators, ship builder and maritime systems' suppliers, insurance and engineering service providers. Guido Schulte, Head of Concept Design and R&D Department Akeryards, was elected as chairman; further members of the Committee are Dr S. Gerhard (Allianz), Mr M. Guenther (Hamburg Süd), Mr M.