by LAMBROS A. CHAHALIS
Regional Chief Executive
Hellenic & Black Sea Region
Posidonia 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
Courtesy of EST
Mr. George Sarris
President of Athens-based Enterprises Shipping & Trading
George 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.
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 www.veristar.com
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
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
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.