BY Bjørn Sissener
Country Chief Executive, Norway
We 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
Tor Henning Vestbøstad
Sales Director, Salt Ship Design AS
“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.
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
Courtesy of SDI
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
DEME 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.
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.