BY ANDREAS ULLRICH
Global Market leader,
Passenger Ships & Ferries
Having worked in passenger ship classification since 1989, I am very proud to be joining industry leader Bureau Veritas to manage this segment.
Bureau Veritas has long contributed its expertise to the success of the cruise industry, and this last year, which has seen numerous orders of technologically advanced ships, is no exception. Currently, we hold a market share of 17% for all new-builds on order.
In 2018, 16 ships will be delivered, including the first BV-classed ocean-going newbuildings for Scenic Cruises and Mystic Cruises. PONANT will take delivery of two ships from VARD, both featuring an industry first: underwater windows for passengers to view marine life. In China, Bureau Veritas will class Sunstone’s four expedition cruise ships, along with six on option.
Bureau Veritas will be at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale, USA, March 5-8 to discuss how we support owners, yards and designers through design, building and operation. Visit us at booth 1009!
CHARTING NEW TERRITORY
Courtesy Ponant & DSI
Director Newbuilding, PONANT
Mathieu Petiteau knows cruise vessels inside out: he spent the first part of his career as engine officer on a series of cruise vessels before moving into ship construction. Today, he is heading the construction of the world's first icebreaker cruise vessel as Director Newbuilding at PONANT:
“The PONANT icebreaker is the culmination of our polar expedition concept. Thanks to our 20-plus years of experience in polar regions, we’ve been able to develop an offer that is completely unique.”
Mathieu expresses clear pride in the luxury operator’s new expedition vessel, to be built by VARD to BV class. It is not hard to see why. Not only will the 140m ship be the first passenger vessel to reach the geographic North Pole when it sets sail in 2021: it is also the first LNG-powered electric hybrid polar passenger vessel.
“Every day at PONANT, we work to preserve the environments in which we navigate. Our aim is to not just reach, but go beyond current environmental standards, and raise the bar for the cruise industry as a whole.”
The major innovation that will enable the vessel to take 270 cruise passengers to previously inaccessible areas in the Arctic and Antarctic such as Charcot Island and the Ross Sea, is her icebreaking capacity. It combines forward sailing modes through compact ice and reverse sailing in extreme ice conditions.
“We have more and more passengers keen to travel on small vessels to discover unfamiliar and exceptional destinations that larger ships simply cannot reach. Zodiac trips with naturalists enable them to get close to nature: experts give talks onboard. It’s the ultimate travel experience.”
The vessel will carry Bureau Veritas class notations Icebreaker 3, POLAR CLASS 2 and POLAR CAT-A, as well as Safe Return to Port. For Mathieu, Bureau Veritas is a natural choice to class such an innovative ship:
“We first worked with Bureau Veritas 20 years ago, on Le Levant. Since then, Bureau Veritas has supported and advised PONANT on all our innovative projects, from the initial design stages, with in-depth review of our plans.“
“The PONANT icebreaker project is so innovative that it’s taking Bureau Veritas into new territory. And given the number of new features, we are also working with Tecnitas, Bureau Veritas’ engineering and expertise services company. They provided us with valuable support in another recent groundbreaking project: the Blue Eye underwater lounge onboard our new PONANT Explorer series.”
Mathieu values Bureau Veritas’ involvement:
“They have always listened to us and we appreciate the quality of their work. They provide real guidance, helping us develop projects that meet international standards and launch tender offers with yards.”
Bureau Veritas partnership: reliable operations at optimized costs
Bourbon Explorer 504 - Courtesy Bourbon
Bureau Veritas has formed a strategic partnership with BOURBON to help digitize vessel operations. Smart Ship technologies enable owners to achieve better performance, reduce costs, and operate more sustainably.
As well as providing classification notations and Certification, Bureau Veritas is supporting BOURBON upstream to ensure risks are identified and mitigated. A pilot system of advanced automation of dynamic positioning (DP) has already been implemented on the Bourbon Explorer 508. Bureau Veritas provided risk analysis, design review, and onboard verification of the installation. It also assessed cybersecurity risks and certified that they have been managed as required by class.
Bureau Veritas is now working on procedures that enable continuous verification and reduce the need for DP onboard operational and verification tasks.
E-certificates get green light to go global
Global roll-out of Bureau Veritas’ class and statutory e-certificates has begun! Bureau Veritas has successfully issued and endorsed over 50 e-certificates in pilot projects; those first e-certificates were used in ports in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
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As Bureau Veritas e-certificates are now accepted by most Flag State Administrations, Bureau Veritas Marine Centers and Surveyors will be trained from February 26 to March 31 so as to be able to offer this new digital solution. Shipowners and managers will enjoy a simple, quick and cost efficient experience with Bureau Veritas e-certificates.
Entering the Era of the Mega-Boxship
Courtesy CMA CGM
January saw the delivery of the CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC).The 400-meter long, 59-meter wide Bureau Veritas-classed vessel is the first in a series of three mammoth 20,600 TEU ships being built in the Filipino shipyard. The second of the series was launched in December 2017. Each vessel is fitted with a number of technological features that enhance operational efficiency while maintaining high environmental credentials.
Delivery of world’s biggest Rotortug® RT Raven
The world’s largest Rotortug®, the RT Raven, was delivered to KT-Maritime Services Australia by the Albwardy Damen shipyard (UAE). The 46m-long ART 100-46 class infield support vessel (ISV), designed by Robert Allan Ltd, engineered by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld and built by Albwardy-DAMEN(UAE), will provide towage and offshore support services - including personnel transfer and standby duties - at ConocoPhillips’ Bayu Undan field in the Timor Sea. The Bureau Veritas classed RT Raven is the first Rotortug® to have Dynamic Positioning class 2 (DP2) capability and an anchor handling notation.