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June 2016



Regional Chief Executive
Hellenic & Black Sea Region

LAMBROS A. CHAHALISPosidonia is the world’s most prestigious maritime event. It brings the world to Greece to celebrate the world’s biggest merchant shipping fleet. Today Greek owners operate more than 4,500 modern ships, totalling about 189 M GT. In the recent past Greek owners have invested 10 billion USD in new ships and new technology. That is why the maritime world comes to Athens for Posidonia. Bureau Veritas is proud to be at the heart of Greek shipping, helping owners to be resilient in difficult markets and agile to take advantage of opportunities in sectors where the market is stronger. We are part of the Greek shipping cluster, delivering technological support and giving confidence to shipowners and shipyards. Confidence that we can help reduce maintenance and operational costs while maintaining compliance, confidence in new designs and new technology, and above all, confidence that we are there when we are needed. Come and talk to Bureau Veritas at Posidonia and discover how you can benefit from working with the class of choice of much of the world’s most successful fleet.

Posidonia Stand No. 2.201

Staying clean, staying ahead

Staying clean, staying ahead
  Courtesy of EST

Mr. George Sarris
President of Athens-based Enterprises Shipping & Trading

Temilola OkesanjoGeorge Sarris followed in his father’s footsteps to become a marine engineer. Today, as President of Athens-based Enterprises Shipping & Trading, he is focused on being a leader, not a follower. “We manage a diversified fleet of around 70 ships,” he says.
“One of the most important challenges of today is the recycling of the existing fleet with new ships of an eco-friendly design with reduced fossil fuel consumption, which apart from the obvious advantages for the environment will make them much more competitive compared to the market and hence attractive to our customers.”

EST has always been very active in building new and innovative ships. That gives them the knowhow to stay ahead of the competition. George explains, “Throughout this we have familiarized ourselves extensively with new technologies and designs which has given us today the tools to participate in the development of new ship designs exclusively for our account.”

Working on innovative ships requires a close co-operation with the classification society. “They must be able to provide all sorts of customer-focused services other than establishing and validating technical standards for the construction and operation of ships,” says George. “Maintaining open lines of communication and open discussions on new buildings, new designs, and new ideas is of paramount importance to us. The most important feature however is to achieve a good level of trust with our class society. This will enable us to walk hand in hand and as this is a two-way relationship we make sure that class is well aware of our efforts to achieve exceptionally high standards of maintenance and in return we enjoy the highest level of added value in the services which are provided. Our business relationship with BV goes back more than twenty-five years and has been built on solid ground based on mutual trust and respect.”

After twenty-eight years with EST, rising to Technical Director and now President, George enjoys the opportunity to stay up-to-date with the contemporaneous conduct of shipping business and is proud of the high status of his company. “We are in the business of offering transportation services. Our aim is to make this happen in a quality-oriented and ethical manner by means of providing vessels of the highest possible standards maintaining our position on the upper most level of the tonnage supply pyramid,” he says. “Despite the fierce competition in this industry, we are happy to receive our customers’ satisfaction and be regarded as a blue chip company in this industry that we serve. To reach this level is very difficult and requires hard work and dedication but what is more challenging is to remain in this position where culture built in the team is the keystone of success.”

Guidelines for certification
of Offshore Access Systems

Bureau Veritas has developed guidelines for walk-to-work (W2W) motion compensated Offshore Access Systems (OAS) which are used to transfer industrial personnel to and from offshore installations. Guidance Note NI 629 Certification of Offshore Access Systems provides a clear and comprehensive overview of the safety principles and technical requirements for the design, manufacturing and operation of reliable and dependable equipment for the safe transfer of personnel at sea.

Getting people safely onto and off unmanned platforms and wind farm towers offshore has become a big issue. Walk-to-Work OAS can provide significant safety, operability and/or cost advantages over more traditional personnel transfer methods such as personnel basket or capsule lifts, step-over from high speed crew transfer vessels and helicopter transfers. A lot of new vessel types are emerging with these motion-compensated gangways and it is imperative that the industry has a standard against which to assess their safety and to help develop safe new designs.

Guidelines for certification of Offshore Access Systems

Two different offshore access technologies have emerged: passive transfer gangways, which are first connected to the offshore installation and then put in free-flow mode for personnel transfer, and active transfer gangways which remain motion compensated during personnel transfer. The safety issues and critical components, which differ from one category to the other, require special attention to ensure safe and reliable operation.
With these new guidelines the regulatory gap into which personnel transfer between offshore support vessels and offshore installations could fall has been closed.
Guidance Note NI 629 can be downloaded from our website

Ponant chooses Bureau veritas for four expedition cruise ships

Ponant chooses Bureau veritas for four expedition cruise ships

French specialist cruise operator Ponant has chosen BV class for four luxury expedition cruise vessels which it has ordered at Fincantieri’s Norwegian subsidiary VARD.  The vessels are specially designed for voyages to remote ports only accessible to small ships.

Ponant has opted for intimate and high standard ships with some innovative arrangements. The four ice-class vessels will be 128 m in length, 18 m wide, and will be approximately 10,000 GT. With a cruising speed of 15 knots they will accommodate 184 passengers in 92 staterooms and carry 110 crew members. They are expected to be delivered between summer 2018 and summer 2019.

Star Bulk takes Newcastlemax series

Star Bulk takes Newcastlemax series

The 208,000 dwt bulk carrier Star Marisa has been delivered to Greek owner Star Bulk. The vessel is one of a series of nine Newcastlemaxes being built to BV class in Chinese shipyard Shanghai Waigaoqiao (SWS). With an overall length of 299.88m and a beam of 50m, it will rank among the largest vessels able to enter the port of Newcastle in Australia with a deadweight of approximately 185,000 dwt.

Laskaridis eco bulker

Laskaridis eco bulker

Greek owner Laskaridis has taken delivery of the 63,800 dwt bulk carrier Glafkos, built to BV class in Penglai Zhongbai Jinglu Shipyard. The Ultramax vessel is a SDARI Dolphin 64 design and incorporates the latest technologies for optimization of fuel efficiency including advanced hull form design and usage of energy saving devices. BV is classing 30 Dolphin 64 vessels for different owners.

Bureau Veritas launches
My VeriSTAR mobile application

Bureau Veritas launches My VeriSTAR mobile application

Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore division has developed a one-stop-shop mobile application which will allow marine professionals to easily perform daily class and statutory actions through a user-friendly interface. With My VeriSTAR, shipowners and managers will be able to monitor their fleet, plan their surveys and stay informed, anytime and anywhere.

The first version of the app is now available on Apple Store and Google Play Store. It includes key functions from the VeriSTAR Info website, and new ones like the Bureau Veritas Directory.

My VeriSTAR will enable Bureau Veritas clients to access a statutory snapshot and visual timeline of their fleet as well as detailed vessel information and documents, survey reports, visual survey planner and a timeline view of activities. Fleet managers and superintendents will be able to closely monitor selected vessels thanks to customizable and push notifications, and locate their vessels in real-time.
In order to facilitate day-to-day operations related to class and statutory activities, My VeriSTAR will also allow users to request surveys, audits and class attestations directly on their mobile. My VeriSTAR users will be able to preview and access the latest class and statutory news, search for and easily contact Bureau Veritas personnel or offices and access Bureau Veritas fleet statistics.

My VeriSTAR is a user-friendly mobile application centered on our clients’ business and operational needs. The app has been tested with pilot clients and has received positive feedback.

Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore is leading the Bureau Veritas group digital transformation. My VeriSTAR mobile application is one of the many new digital services which will be delivered to our clients during this year.

Diana Shipping Services S.A.
adopts energy-saving services

Diana Shipping Services S.A. adopts energy-saving services

Athens-based Diana Shipping Services S.A. has worked with Bureau Veritas to assess the energy performance of three capesize bulk carriers using BV’s SEECAT energy simulation software.

The vessels have then been assigned BV’s additional notation SEEMP. This notation denotes that the vessel’s Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan has been reviewed by BV for conformance with the requirements of IMO Resolution MEPC.213(63). The vessels will be audited during intermediate surveys by BV surveyors to ensure that records of KPIs defined in the SEEMP are properly kept on board. The company has been provided with a software tool for calculation and recording of the Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator (EEOI) developed locally by the Piraeus Tecnitas team.

BV Piraeus validated the measures in the SEEMP using the BV SEECAT software. A model of the vessel’s energy flow system was created in SEECAT, with modules for all energy consumers including the main engine, auxiliary engines and boiler, as well as data for the power curve taken from sea trials records. The data was calibrated using real voyage measurements provided by Diana Shipping Services S.A. By performing time domain simulation in SEECAT, several operational scenarios were examined, including comparison of fuel consumption and CO2, SOx and NOx emissions between voyages performed at normal design speed or slow steaming.  Diana Shipping Services S.A. now has access to a sophisticated tool that can verify the effectiveness of any measures taken to increase the energy efficiency of its vessels’ operation.

  Bureau Veritas and
  Dassault Systemes

  partner to drive digital

Bureau Veritas and Dassault Systemes partner to drive digital transformation


Bureau Veritas has entered into a strategic partnership with Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, in which Bureau Veritas will use Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to drive a digital transformation of its services to shipowners and offshore operators.

Using the Dassault software Bureau Veritas has already dramatically slashed structural computational and verification times for new designs and is soon to launch a digital Asset Integrity Maintenance system which will capture feedback to maintain a digital twin of the vessel or unit throughout its lifetime.

The power and ease of use of the new modelling software enables BV to build a detailed 3D model of the proposed vessel very much more quickly than has ever been achieved before. That model interfaces directly with all BV’s tools, meaning no data has to be entered twice, saving time and improving accuracy.
The model allows end-to-end calculation without data re-entry through all the analysis and design phases, then will facilitate construction by simplifying the order of steel cutting. It will then go on to form a digital twin of the vessel or unit and be maintained in an as-is state for the life of the unit. This will facilitate maintenance and repair or conversion decisions.

News in brief...

Bureau Veritas Venezuela has been chosen to provide CAP services  for eight aframax tankers operated by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement on behalf of Venfleet Limited. The project includes survey of the hull structure and the hull, machinery, fittings and systems, and a 2D structure and fatigue analysis of the vessels.

Bureau Veritas has reinforced its position in value-added marine services with the acquisition of leading international consultancy TMC Marine Ltd. TMC provides pre and post casualty advice and support to the marine industry, focused on marine claims and accident investigations, salvage and wreck removal consultancy and marine expert witness services.

Minerva takes new product tanker

Minerva takes new product tanker
Courtesy of Minerva Marine

Greece’s Minerva Marine has taken delivery of the 39,000 dwt MR product tanker Minerva Tychi. Flying the Greek flag, the vessel was built to BV class at Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. The ship has BV's Fatigue Plus notation and the SYS-NEQ-1 notation which gives an added value to the ship as the notation is assigned when the layout and equipment in the bridge are so arranged that the ship can be operated under normal conditions by one person.

Eco-ships for PT Pertamina

Eco-ships for PT Pertamina

Two 40,000 dwt eco-tankers have been delivered to Indonesia’s PT Pertamina to complete a three ship series. The MT Sanana and MT Serui were built by New Times Shipbuilding in China to BV class.  The vessels are equipped with Ballast Water Treatment and comply with the requirements of IMO Tier II. BV has granted environmentally-friendly notations including CLEANSHIP, GREENPASSPORT, BWT, ERS-S and VCS -TRANSFER.