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June 2017


BY Bjørn Sissener

Country Chief Executive, Norway

Yeh-Sheng KuanWe would like to welcome all our clients and friends to Nor-Shipping in Oslo. Digitalization, new technologies and new materials will feature prominently at this year’s exhibition. However, as always, the event is first and foremost a chance to meet each other, to further existing relationships and find new opportunities.

The global shipping market is struggling with overcapacity, low rates and sluggish demand.  Fortunately, some segments provide reasons for optimism. Locally, we are seeing demand for cruise ships and ferries, offshore wind vessels, and sea farming and fishing vessels. Industrial owners are also building conventional tonnage in bulk, tankers and general cargo.

Shipowners are confronted with two trends. One is the ongoing escalation in environmental requirements. The other is digitalization, where they face the choice of jumping on or getting left behind. For those able to develop and adapt, shipping will remain a sustainable business well into the future.

We look forward to seeing you at our booth (D02-33) for demonstrations of our digital solutions and more!

A Norwegian passion for ship design

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Tor Henning Vestbøstad
Sales Director, Salt Ship Design AS

Jean-Philippe Court“Salt Ship is very pleased to enter the offshore wind farm segment with a new design that is tailor-made for industry needs – in particular focusing on enhanced operability and efficient logistics. We will deliver a complete design and engineering package for a new Service Operation Vessel (SOV). This contract represents an important milestone for Salt Ship.”

Tor Henning Vestbøstad, Sales Director, Salt Ship Design AS, has a background in naval architecture. He explains the pride he takes in the vessels the company delivers to its clients, and his great passion for ship design.

“To be proud at the end of the project and ensure the vessel’s performance at delivery, we as designers have to do a good job in the early phases.”

Salt Ship Design is an independent ship design company utilizing the best available technologies. It is currently involved in 12 new construction projects and has delivered nine vessels since 2014. The flexible company employs 70 people, and has one office in Stord, Norway and one in Gdynia, Poland.

The company’s new SOV is an 83m vessel with a beam of 19.4m. It will be operated by Louis Dreyfus for DONG Energy. The SOV is equipped with a Dynamic Motion Compensated Gangway System along with unique on-board logistic solutions and accommodation facilities for 90 people. The shipbuilding contract includes one optional vessel.

“We have been working closely on the functional specification with the owner. The challenge for this kind of project is to manage all the interfaces.  The project is now in its first phase and we are looking forward to working with Cemre shipyard and with Bureau Veritas on classification.”

The vessel, will be delivered in the final quarter of 2018, will feature comfort notations for noise and vibration. It will also carry the Battery System notation, as batteries will be used for peak shaving as part of a DC electro system.

Tor explains Salt Ship’s way of working: “All our projects are fit for purpose, based on the functional specifications of our clients. We use our own dedicated tools for all phases of the design.” He adds “The growing renewables industry represents an increasingly important market for Salt Ship, along with some other segments: traditionally offshore, but also within the fish farming industry and fishing vessels.”

“This is the second project for Salt with Bureau Veritas. The first collaboration was during the construction of two seismic support vessels for Vestland Offshore, also at Cemre Shipyard”, says Tor.

“We need to have a quick and efficient approval process, but also technical clarification before projects materialize. We have always received a quick response and therefore are very satisfied with the services provided by Bureau Veritas.”

Reducing the risk of liquefaction

Millions of tons of dry bulk cargo known to be prone to liquefaction have been successfully transported without incident. But despite improving awareness of the danger of carrying these types of cargo, incidents involving cargo liquefaction unfortunately continue - sometimes with catastrophic results.

Fugitibe Emission Monitoring

In a joint project, Bureau Veritas and TMC Marine, a Bureau Veritas Group Company, have worked with the London P&I Club to produce new guidance to support vessels planning to carry cargoes that may liquefy.

The purpose of the resulting booklet is to provide masters, shipowners, shippers and charterers with practical advice on the loading and carriage of bulk cargoes which may liquefy, the risks associated with liquefaction and the precautions to minimize these risks.

The booklet is available for download on our website and here.

Ponant series builds on Vard collaboration

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Bureau Veritas is working with Vard on its first passenger ship project: four polar expedition cruise vessels for Ponant to be delivered in 2018 and 2019.

As the chosen classification society for the series, Bureau Veritas is supporting Vard Søviknes and the owner on the USCG initial examination. Tecnitas, Bureau Veritas’ consultancy arm, is meanwhile working on some alternative designs for the project.

Vard and Bureau Veritas have enjoyed a good and efficient working relationship for several years. In 2011 BV worked with Vard Brevik to approve its PSV 108 design, while three 86m high power salvage tugs for the Algerian Navy built by Vard Brattvaag from 2010 to 2012 were classed by Bureau Veritas, as well as a 100m diesel electric cable laying ship for Orange Marine delivered in 2014.

LNG first for cutter suction dredger

Fugitibe Emission MonitoringDEME artist impression 'Spartacus'

Belgium-based contractor DEME has placed an order for the world’s most powerful self-propelled cutter suction dredger (CSD) at Dutch shipyard Royal IHC.

The 164m long Spartacus will be classed by Bureau Veritas. Equipped with six dual fuel engines, it will be the first CSD to use LNG as fuel. With 44 MW installed power it will be able to cut harder soils at higher speeds, while working in waters up to 45m deep.

Cabo Misaki  

Tanker delivery for Nisshin

Nisshin Shipping recently took delivery of the Panamax product tanker Cabo Misaki. The second of two sisters ordered by the owner (first was the Cabo Kamui), each has a cargo capacity of 74,000 dwt distributed over fifteen cargo tanks.

The tanker was built to Bureau Veritas class by Sungdong Shipbuilding. The ERS notation was granted to cover the required MARPOL emergency response service. Bureau Veritas also delivered the relevant SOLAS, MARPOL and Load Line certificates.

The future is electric hybrid

Courtesy of Seaspan

Electric propulsion is not a new solution - indeed, it was used in the 1930s for large cruise liners such as the Normandie. But the use of batteries to complement diesel electric propulsion is recent.

Industry uptake of hybrid batteries technology has mainly been driven by environmental regulations targeting low air emissions. To meet the challenge, the industry needs to move away from typical mechanical propulsion using an internal combustion engine to more sophisticated electric propulsion with energy storage for peak shaving and recovery. It is proven today that break-even can be obtained with a mix of dual fuel diesel electric (LNG DFDE) and batteries for energy saving. This solution coupled with innovative automation and control systems considerably reduces environmental impact compared to a standard mechanical solution.

Innovation has been led by the cruise ship segment, which has developed the most sustainable projects to date.

Seaspan Ferries’ latest ferry to enter into service in Vancouver, the Seaspan Swift, illustrates the trend to optimize mixed solutions for energy generation and storage onboard. The new ferry is the first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service. Designed by Vard Marine and classed by Bureau Veritas, the 148.9m vessel is the first of two constructed at Sedef Shipbuilding, Turkey.

In addition to the LNG propulsion system, the vessel is fitted with a battery bank, or energy storage system (ESS). The vessels use a 1050VDC, 546kWh ESS consisting of 84 Corvus Energy advanced lithium polymer batteries. The ESS is integrated with the electrical propulsion and distribution system and will be capable of providing power for propulsion in lieu of the main engines. To facilitate use of the batteries, the ferry can be recharged from shore power while in port for the night.

Bureau Veritas’ new hybrid notation aims to recognize innovative green ships equipped with energy storage. Lithium Ion batteries are also considered a source of power in certain conditions, for example in providing backup power to run generators.

The notation encourages wide-scale adoption of batteries, from passenger ships to DP vessels and LNG bunkering vessels.

New Expedition series promises a smooth cruise

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Bureau Veritas is to class a series of expedition cruise ships recently ordered by Miami-based SunStone Ships. The 104m vessels will be built by China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu), with design, equipment and management supplied by Norway's Ulstein Design & Solutions.

SunStone’s initial order is for four vessels with options for a further six. The first will be delivered in Summer 2019. The ships will be 18.2m wide, have a draft of 5.1m for a total number of 255 persons onboard. They will be rated Ice Class 1A or Polar Class 6.

The design features a patented inverted bow which, according to the designers, is less subject to vertical motions induced by the waves, so the ship continues on course more smoothly while maintaining speed and using less fuel. Ulstein has produced 100 of these patented X-bow ships mainly for the offshore industry, including 45 in China.

New app provides a clear view on Dangerous Goods

Mitigating the risks associated with the transportation of Dangerous Goods is one of the major objectives of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). To protect ship and crew, IMO requires the application of strict and sometimes complex safety regulations.

This is why Bureau Veritas has developed a web application, VeriSTAR Dangerous Goods & Bulk. The new tool optimizes cargo management for ships carrying dangerous goods in packaged form and solids in bulk. It ensures that in-force requirements are automatically applied, simplifies the issuance of documents required for carriage of dangerous goods, and enables simulation of the impact of modifications to ship or cargo.

Its ultimate goal is to provide clients with a clear view of the list of dangerous goods that can be carried on a particular ship and, equally important, the reasons why carriage of some other dangerous goods is not allowed.

News in brief...

Bureau Veritas successfully launched its brand new asset integrity management solution called VeriSTAR AIM3D during the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. This new solution is now available for the marine and offshore industries to optimize the cost of Asset Integrity. We have joined forces with France Dassault Systèmes to support clients in maximizing the efficiency of inspection, maintenance and repair cycles.

The twelfth Naval Ship Committee was held in early April with several navies and shipyards attending. Topics discussed included a new landing craft service notation. The new version of NR 483, the dedicated Rules for the Classification of Naval Ships, was approved by the Committee and will be published beginning June.

This version contains several technical updates, cybersecurity concepts and the "Military OPV" new service notation.

Augustea takes bulk Delivery

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Following a prolonged downturn, the bulk carrier segment is seeing some positive momentum and new opportunities for shipowners.

One recent delivery is the M/V Aby Asia, delivered in March 2017 to Italy’s Augustea. The 82,000 dwt new generation Post-Panamax bulk carrier was built at Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation’s Mizushima Shipyard in Japan. The vessel includes an optimized hull form that reduces fuel oil consumption.


MARIC visits Bureau Veritas in Paris

A high level delegation of the Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC), led by President Xing WenHua, visited Bureau Veritas Head Office in Paris on May 10th to discuss innovation in the marine and offshore industry and enhance technical cooperation on key developments. The main topics addressed were 3D design and engineering, the VeriSTAR AIM3D digital twin based asset integrity management solution and classification of naval ships.