BY Tim Protheroe
Regional Chief Executive M&O
The cruise industry is expanding rapidly: demand is growing – ships are ever bigger, expedition ships are exploring further. The range of customer experiences, activities and entertainment, as well as increasing luxury, are requiring us to provide solutions to help manage risk.
The market needs quieter, cleaner and more connected ships. The constant evolution of regulation and new technologies, especially cleaner fuels, requires the close support of the classification society at the earliest stage of each new project – and then through the life of the ship.
Bureau Veritas is at the forefront of the evolving industry, helping owners, designers and yards meet the highest standards of safety, performance, sustainability and environmental care.
We very much look forward to seeing you at Seatrade Cruise (Booth No 2261).
EXPLORING THE HIGH SEAS
Courtesy Mystic Group
The Mystic Group, the world’s third-largest river cruise operator, is expanding into oceangoing cruising. Its first vessel - a 126m passenger expedition ship, World Explorer - is due to deliver in April 2019 from the WestSea Shipyard in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Mário Ferreira, Founder and Chairman of Mystic, shares his vision for his company’s journey from the rivers to the oceans.
“The ocean cruise business for us is a natural extension of what we have done for the past 26 years with river cruises,” Mário says. “World Explorer is only the first of a series of vessels we intend to build.”
Another ship, World Voyager, will be ready by April 2020, while World Navigator will launch no later than April 2021. The ships’ large and luxurious accommodations can hold up to 200 passengers, a number that Mystic is very used to handling in its river vessels while maintaining its tradition of calling all guests by their names.
All of Mystic’s ships are built in Portugal and operate under the Portuguese flag. Along with being Mário’s home nation, Portugal offers cost management benefits, and ships there can be designed and fit out to Mystic’s strict specifications.
World Explorer will spend the northern summer in the Baltic, the Norwegian fjords, Iceland and Arctic. From November, she will operate in the Antarctic for the season, based out of Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
“Our guests can expect a five-star hotel level of comfort when aboard our vessel. Available space per guest is larger than usual, and guests can experiment with different spaces. The food is provided by great European chefs, and the ship is equipped with a state of the art stability system that will help make a most enjoyable ride.”
Mário talks about Mystic’s environmental focus: “We won’t use any single-use plastics on board the World Explorer and the ship’s garbage room can compact, treat and refrigerate waste, so we can bring it back to port. And World Explorer’s fuel consumption is very low compared to similarly sized vessels.”
Bureau Veritas is very proud to class Mystic’s newbuildings, which are being built to the new Polar Code regulations. “Bureau Veritas is a very strategic partner for all the vessels we have built in the past, and in particular for this one,” Mário says. “The experience of the Bureau Veritas team of engineers has played a huge and important role in the success of this prototype ship accomplishment.”
NEW NOTATION FOR floating power
Interest has been growing recently over the use of clean fuels in floating power facilities due to increased environmental regulatory pressures.
Bureau Veritas has recently issued a new set of requirements covering the assessment of floating units fitted with power generation equipment. Such units connected to the electricity grid must comply with Rule Note NR 656. They will be granted one of the following additional service features: POWERGEN(OIL) when the power plant use fuel oil as fuel; POWERGEN(LNG/NG) when the power plant uses natural gas (NG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel; and POWERGEN(DUALFUEL) when the power plant uses both oil and gas as fuel.
Courtesy MSC Cruises
MSC holds ceremonies for new Meraviglia-class ships
On February 27 at Chantiers de l’Atlantique, MSC held the coin ceremony for MSC Virtuosa, the fourth ship in its Meraviglia class. MSC also welcomed to the fleet MSC Bellissima, which was delivered by CDA that same day and christened by Sophia Loren on March 2. Bureau Veritas contributed to MSC Bellissima’s on-time delivery, and looks forward to supporting both CDA and MSC in completing the next Meraviglia-class ships in 2019 and 2020.
Bureau Veritas and its clients were recently honored with multiple awards that showcase innovation.
Alongside partners DGA, Naval Group, Meca, LoireTech and AML, Bureau Veritas received the JEC Asia Marine Innovation Award for the FabHeli composite propeller project. The May-June 2019 edition of JEC Composites Magazine will give more information on Bureau Veritas’ research, innovation and development for composite marine and offshore applications.
Meanwhile, the new Bureau Veritas-classed Louis Dreyfus Armateurs vessel Wind of Change won the offshore renewable award at this year’s OSJ Conference. Wind of Change is an innovative service operation vessel (SOV) delivered in 2019 to Ørsted. A second vessel, the Wind of Hope, was ordered in 2018.