Bureau Veritas Joins International Windship Association

July 16, 2019
Bureau Veritas Joins International Windship Association

Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) is joining the International Windship Association (IWSA). This non-profit organisation brings together wind propulsion projects and research organisations and promotes wind as a viable and increasingly economic option for commercial vessels.

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Drones Can Now Measure a Ship's Steel Thickness

July 8, 2019
Drones Can Now Measure a Ship's Steel Thickness

Visual inspections and steel thickness measurements are key elements of renewal surveys. To reduce survey time and cost, DNV GL has developed a new type of drone with ultrasonic technology that can measure steel thickness.

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International Standard for Bollard Pull Trials Launched

July 2, 2019
International Standard for Bollard Pull Trials Launched

The bollard pull certificate plays an important role in the delivery and commercial deployment of tugs. Up until now, a uniform standard for the conduct, measurement and analysis of a bollard pull trial was not available. A recent Joint Industry Project (JIP) has now developed this standard.

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North Sea Port Uses Underwater Robot to Inspect Quays

June 27, 2019
North Sea Port Uses Underwater Robot to Inspect Quays

As an alternative to deploying a diver, North Sea Port has conducted a quay inspection test in Terneuzen, the Netherlands, with an underwater robot. Using a robot means there is no diver at risk while ships can continue to sail in and out as usual.

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Paris MoU Publishes 2018 Flag State Ranking

June 19, 2019
Paris MoU Publishes 2018 Flag State Ranking

Ships from the Bahamas, Singapore, France and the United Kingdom complied best with international shipping regulations over 2018. They top the Paris MoU White List, a list that ranks flag states according to deficiencies found during port state control inspections. The Netherlands is close to the top of this list and came in sixth.

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Remote Digital Survey Pilot of DP Systems Completed

June 11, 2019
Remote Digital Survey Pilot of DP Systems Completed

DNV GL, Kongsberg Maritime (KM) and Subsea 7 have concluded pilot testing of a digital dynamic positioning (DP) survey application. The tool takes data directly from a vessel’s control systems and transmits this to a secure cloud, where it is available for assessment by expert verifiers, class, and vendors.

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Industry First Fire Prevention Notation for RCL Cruise Ship

June 6, 2019
Industry First Fire Prevention Notation for RCL Cruise Ship

Cruise operator RCL, technology group Wärtsilä, and classification society DNV GL have worked together to prevent engine room fires. The result is a new fire prevention notation which includes several safety barriers that are to manage the most significant risk factors, including leakages of flammable liquid and hot surfaces.

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DNV GL: Safety in Shipping More Vital Than Ever

June 5, 2019
DNV GL: Safety in Shipping More Vital Than Ever

Shipping losses have declined over the last decade. Yet, challenging markets, demanding environmental regulations, and new technologies threaten to pull the industry’s focus away from marine safety.

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New Initiatives to Tackle Sub-standard Shipping

May 29, 2019
New Initiatives to Tackle Sub-standard Shipping

Preliminary figures from the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) show 2018 saw the lowest number of detentions since 2011. Yet, there is more work to be done. Among other things, the Paris MoU pleads for new inspection regimes and strict global enforcement of regulations.

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NMA Fines Cruise Ship for Violating Fuel Sulphur Limits

May 20, 2019
NMA Fines Cruise Ship for Violating Fuel Sulphur Limits

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has presented a Greek cruise operator with an almost 72,000 euro fine. The vessel was caught violating Norwegian legislation on fuel sulphur limits in the fjords. It is the NMA's first violation fine as a result of new emission rules that came into force on 1 March.

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