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ABS Partnership Enhances Safety in Ghana’s Offshore Industry

Photo: ABS

 ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, formed a joint venture with Notabene Classification Limited to offer regulatory and technical support services, including key classification services to the upstream oil and gas market in Ghana.    “This

Sinking of the El Faro Subject of NTSB Meeting

File Image: The El Faro 'black box' VDR (Credit: NTSB)

The NTSB is scheduled to meet Dec. 12, 2017, to determine the probable cause of the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro.   The 790-foot vessel set sail from Jacksonville, Florida, on a voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2015, and sank about 34 hours later near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin.

LR Presents CES Descriptive Notes to China Smart Ship

Photo: Lloyd's Register

 Great Intelligence, the first China smart ship, was presented with Lloyd's Register (LR) cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive notes.   Great Intelligence was designed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) and built at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co., Ltd (GWS), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).

DNV GL presents GTT and TECHNOLOG with GASA

DNV GL presented GTT and TECHNOLOG with a GASA statement for the retrofit of very large container vessels (VLCVs) with exoskeleton membrane LNG tanks. From left to right: Helmut Radebold, TECHNOLOG, Geoffroy Beutter, GTT, Henning Pewe, DNV GL - Maritime, Gerd-Michael Würsig, DNV GL – Maritime, Hans-Jürgen Voigt, TECHNOLOG. Photo: DNV GL

 The classification society DNV GL presented GTT, together with its partner TECHNOLOG, a General Approval for Ship Application (GASA) statement for the retrofit of very large container vessels (VLCVs) with exoskeleton membrane LNG tanks.   LNG membrane tanks will generally offer more efficient space

DMA Call for Various Certificates

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 Time has come to apply for renewal of CLC, Bunker, Athens and Wreck Removal Certificates from the Danish Maritime Authority(DMA). The certificates must be renewed once a year when the underlying insurance expires.   Ships that are required to hold a certificate must not operate without valid certificates.

Superyacht Refit Dispute Illustrates Danger of Acting Outside Contract

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has warned against the dangers of marine service providers informally offering advice which falls outside the scope of their contracts.   ITIC cites the case of a yacht manager contracted to provide crew management and ISM consultancy for a superyacht.

Wärtsilä Signs on Shuttle Tanker Development Project

Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has signed a joint industry project cooperation (JIP) undertaking with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC), a part of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The objective of the JIP is to develop a preliminary production level design for a 127,000 dwt shuttle tanker that may be built by DSIC with DNV-GL classification.

Starting Development of Next-generation Coal Carrier

Location of LNG Fuel Tank and Scene of the certification reception. Photo: MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced that MOL, Tohoku Electric Power Co and Namura Shipbuilding have jointly earned an Approval in Principle (AIP) from Lloyd's Register for the design of an liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered coal carrier. The three companies have moved ahead with this project and recently

DNV GL Grants AiP for DSIC Shuttle Tanker, Crane Designs

Torgeir Sterri, Regional Manager for Greater China at DNV GL, presented the AiP certificates to Lu Xiao Hui, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of DSIC. Photo: DNV GL

 Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd. (DSIC) has received Approval in Principle (AiP) certificates from classification society DNV GL for a new shuttle tanker and a column stabilized crane unit designs. The certificates were handed over at the Marintec China trade fair in Shanghai.   Lu Xiao Hui,

Interview: Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, US Maritime Administrator

Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret), Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration

Insights: Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret), Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration   Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby was appointed by President Donald Trump and sworn in as Maritime Administrator on August 8, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association,

ABS Exec Maps Future of Autonomous Shipping at Marintec

Dr. Kirsi Tikka, ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine, discussed the marine industry’s journey to autonomy at the 2017 Marintec China conference in Shanghai (Photo: ABS)

“With fast-paced advances in technology, we are on a journey to autonomous transportation at sea,” said ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine Dr. Kirsi Tikka, at the 2017 Marintec China conference in Shanghai, China. “For the shipping industry, at sea and ashore, it will be a gradual process of evolution.

MERC to Cease BWMS Type Approval Testing

File Image: MERC's mobile, barge mounted BWMS Testing Platform (MERC)

Maritime Environmental Resource Center will no longer conduct Type Approval Certification testing of ballast water management systems.   The Maritime Environment Resource Center (MERC) was established in 2008 by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) to facilitate the

Classification Steps Up to the Digital Challenge: DNV GL

DNV GL Press Conference at Marintec China 2017 (from L to R): Torgeir Sterri, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, Norbert Kray. Photo: DNV GL

 The maritime world is in the middle of a period of rapid change, with increasing digitalization, new regulations and shifting markets. Classification societies can help to remove barriers, speed up the process, and assist stakeholders make the most of the new landscape, IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen

DNV GL Support for Dana Petroleum Western Isles FPSO

Western Isles FPSO on location (photo: Dana Petroleum)

 DNV GL has been supporting Dana Petroleum on the development of the Western Isles field and the Western Isles floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel as it progressed towards first oil, which was achieved earlier this month.   DNV GL has been engaged by Dana since 2012, as the classification society,

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