by HERMAN SPILKER
Vice President, Marine & Offshore,
North Europe zone
North Europe’s major marine gathering, SMM in Hamburg, takes place in a depressed newbuilding market which we have not seen since the eighties. Far East yards are restructuring, affecting many workers and suppliers. We hope the balance between demand and supply recovers soon, possibly helped by the environmental measures which will enter into force, such as the Ballast Water Convention, EU MRV, and Tier III NOx & SOx emissions. North Europe has experienced many crises in shipbuilding and the yards are facing pressure again, but specialization and a focus on quality is a proven concept to withstand this crisis.
Bureau Veritas maintains its core competence, knowledge and experience and is ready to stand with yards and suppliers everywhere to help them through the crisis and into a better future. Come and talk to Bureau Veritas at SMM, Stand No 101, Hall B3, Ground Floor, and discuss with senior staff how we can help you move forward with confidence.
Putting quality first
Conti Everest, ex CMA CGM Hugo
Mr. Markus Thewes
Vice President Global Sales, Reederei NSB
Markus Thewes knows about quality. He started work in the quality department of Germany’s Reederei NSB almost ten years ago. Today he is Vice President Global Sales and he says the focus on quality is key to overcoming the challenges of his job. “The challenge facing all tramp owners of container ships is the same,” he explains. “More and more the liner companies are building and managing their own tonnage. So there is a smaller market for us. We need to be the first, the best, and to maintain our long term partnerships in a smaller market. That is why quality matters so much.”
Reederei NSB began as a classic German KG ship manager and has grown into a third party ship manager and global maritime services provider. Today it manages and operates 72 ships, mostly container ships but also some tankers including a newbuilding project and offshore units, and has operations in a number of countries other than its home base of Germany. The total container capacity of the fleet is around 325,000 teu over a wide range of vessel sizes and its experience is built over the last thirty years into 150 newbuildings.
“We have long term and very transparent partnerships with the liner majors,” explains Markus. “To maintain those and to create new partnerships we have to show the liner operators the benefits of benchmarking their own fleets and management against our vessels. We have to be innovative and use transparent performance monitoring systems which give our clients full access. They can see how we are doing and measure their own performance against that.”
To maintain top performance a close relationship with a reliable and efficient class society is vital. “For newbuildings and for operations we need a class which knows what it is doing, knows the regulations, knows the global situation especially with things like Port State Control and above all, which gives us a quick response and good feedback,” says Markus.
Recently Reederei NSB moved twelve ships of between 5,600 and 11,000 teu each into BV class. “We have to practice what we preach,” says Markus. “We needed another class against which to benchmark our existing class society. Also we saw that some of our major customers in the liner operators are already using Bureau Veritas for their container fleets. So it is more efficient if we choose the same classification society, it makes it easier for our clients if we are both talking to one class for their ships.”
How is it working out with Bureau Veritas? “Early days,” says Markus. “But we have had very fruitful discussions and we are happy to go forward.”
Chinese expertise seminars
Bureau Veritas has extended its successful series of expertise seminars in China so they will be held at least once every month during 2016. The seminars help shipowners, shipyards and other marine businesses understand Bureau Veritas’ advanced technical capabilities and how these can benefit their implementation of the latest regulations. They also showcase Bureau Veritas’ future developments and research.
In 2015 Bureau Veritas ran twelve Chinese seminars on IACS and Statutory Updates. In 2016, seminars on Ballast Water Management, LNG, LNG Bunkering and LNG as Fuel, Container Ships and Ice Navigation have been held in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and S. Korea for shipbrokers, local media, shipyards, flag administrations, shipowners and designers. During the rest of 2016 seminars across the region are planned on IMO and Statutory Updates, Offshore, Bureau Veritas 3D Modelling Software and MRV.
Meyer Werft partnership drives gas-fuel projects
A close partnership between Germany’s Meyer Werft group of shipyards and Bureau Veritas is helping to drive forward cutting edge projects for the use of LNG as fuel. In 2015 Meyer’s Neptun Werft in Warnemuende delivered a 15,600 cu m LNG carrier to Netherlands-based Anthony Veder with Bureau Veritas class. This was the first new building with a dual fuel engine and direct drive. A second but larger LNG carrier for Anthony Veder is currently under construction at Neptun Werft, also to BV class. This vessel has three bi-lobe tanks with a total capacity of 18,000 cu m, also constructed at Neptun Werft. To be used for LNG transport within the Baltic Sea the vessel is being built to BV Ice Class 1A Super and will be a key step in the improvement of the LNG infrastructure in the Baltic area.
Meyer Turku yard has already launched the 2,800 pax LNG-fuel ferry Megastar, being built with BV Ice Class 1A Super for service on the Tallinn – Helsinki route from 2017. With an installed power of 46 MW it will be one of the largest LNG-fuel marine engine plants so far. Two 300 cu m LNG tanks are located inside the hull in a dedicated room. Tecnitas carried out risk analysis for the LNG bunkering operations at both ports.
First gas-fuel chemical tanker DElivered
Terntank Rederi A/S has taken delivery of the first gas-fuel chemical tanker. The Ternsund is the first of a series of four ships all equipped with the Wärtsilä RT-flex50-D dual fuel low speed engine. This is the first installation of such an engine anywhere and it was done under BV class. The 15,000 dwt was built by Avic Dingheng under BV class and will be operated in ECA areas.
Multi-role force projection vessel delivered
The Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of the first of a series of two Mistral class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD), built by DCNS and STX under BV class. The second LHD will have sea trials in August for delivery in September. Bureau Veritas already classed three of these force projection vessels for the French Navy. They are operating successfully with rotary wing aircraft. These vessels carry 16 helicopters and four large landing craft in a 60 m dock, can operate SVTOL aircraft if required and have a 2,650 sq m garage inside. With a displacement of 21,600 tonnes and a speed of 19 knots they use podded propulsion, a first for a combat vessel.