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September 2016



Vice President, Marine & Offshore,
North Europe zone

LAMBROS A. CHAHALISNorth 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

Staying clean, staying ahead
Conti Everest, ex CMA CGM Hugo

Mr. Markus Thewes
Vice President Global Sales, Reederei NSB

Temilola Okesanjo

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.

Guidelines for certification of Offshore Access Systems

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

Ponant chooses Bureau veritas for four expedition cruise ships

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.


Star Bulk takes Newcastlemax series

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

Minerva takes new product tanker

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.


Equivalent design-wave
future-proofs container ship rules

Bureau Veritas launches My VeriSTAR mobile application

Bureau Veritas is leading the way in class by introducing the powerful concept of equivalent design wave into all areas of new rules. The concept generates more realistic loads which make the rules more precise. New formulas are being derived for extreme and fatigue loads based on spectral analysis of a large number of vessels.

BV’s new NR 625 rules for container ships benefit from this equivalent design wave concept. Bureau Veritas updated its container ship rules following the introduction of new IACS Unified Requirements for container ships which have been applicable since the 1st July 2016.

Ultimate strength, whipping and springing phenomena are covered by these new rules, as are the effect of anti-rolling tanks on motions. Bureau Veritas is the leader of a new IACS group on whipping for container ships and has built its cutting-edge knowledge of this phenomenon into its new rules. A chapter has been included to deal with lashing calculation taking into account gaps in the lashing equipment.

Bureau Veritas set up Joint Development Projects with all major Chinese and Korean designers in order to perform consequence assessments on their designs, covering different sizes from 2,000 teu to 20,000 teu container ships. Feedback from these assessments and liaison with the yards and designers was incorporated into the final set of rules, making them even more easy to use and industry-driven.

All Bureau Veritas structural and hydrodynamic calculation software has been updated and is fully completed in order to help designers applying the new Rules. The 2D structural analysis software MARS NG for container ships is available and free to access in order to quickly assess hull girder strength criteria including ultimate strength and local scantlings, also taking into account torsional effects.

The VeriSTAR-HULL software for finite element analysis has been updated to integrate the new rules. VeriSTAR-HULL has dedicated tools for container ship modelling and by using automatic devices including compartment generation, boundary conditions, corrosion margins and buckling panels definition, it allows designers to get very quick results for yielding, buckling and fatigue assessment of their structure.

Bureau Veritas has applied its latest research investigation and powerful methodologies in order to develop modern and reliable Container Ship Rules, enabling designers and shipyards to optimise their designs while ensuring safe structures.


Gas-fuel market grows

The number of gas-fuel projects reaching fruition continues to grow under BV class. Conversion of the 17,500 dwt chemical tanker Fure West, owned by Sweden’s Furetank Rederi, to LNG-fuel has been successfully completed. Denmark’s Terntank Rederi has taken delivery of the first LNG-fuel newbuild chemical tanker, Ternsund, built in China with the first ever DF 2 stroke engine from WinGD. In Turkey, the LNG-fuelled asphalt carrier building for Québec-based Transport Desgagnés has been launched, with the second DF WinGD onboard. Canada’s Seaspan Ferries will soon take delivery of the first LNG-fuel ferry operating in Vancouver, built under BV class at the Sedef shipyard in Turkey. And in Spain the first dual-fuel tug ever built in Europe has been recently launched by Astilleros Gondán.

In Finland the biggest passenger ferry with LNG-fuel was recently launched at Meyer Werft Turku for Tallink, and in the Netherlands LNG dredgers Scheldt River and Minerva for DEME are also under completion.

Diana Shipping Services S.A. adopts energy-saving services

Fuel supply is not neglected and BV dominates the LNG bunker vessel market. The new bunker vessel for ENGIE, opening the market for LNG as fuel by offering a flexible solution for LNG bunkering, is classed by Bureau Veritas, as is the on-going Anthony Veder / Sirius Rederi bunker vessel under construction at Royal Bodewes.

Bureau Veritas to class first container ship LNG–fuel conversion

Bureau Veritas and Dassault Systemes partner to drive digital transformation


Haren/Ems-based Wessels Reederei is to convert one of its fleet of 1,036 teu container vessels to LNG as fuel. Bureau Veritas will class the conversion, the first of a container vessel to LNG as fuel world-wide. The project is sponsored by the German Ministry of Transport and partners are Wessels Reederei, MAN Diesel & Turbo, TGE Marine Gas Engineering, SMB Naval Architects & Consultants and Bureau Veritas.

The vessel, MV Wes Amelie, has a MAN 8 L 48/60B engine driving a controlled pitch propeller via gearing. MAN will convert the existing engine to a 51/60 DF dual-fuel engine. The LNG tank of about 500 cu m will be located in the fore part of the vessel to limit the loss of cargo capacity.

Tecnitas, the consulting arm of Bureau Veritas, is carrying out risk analyses for the new gas system and operations like bunkering. Following the conversion MV Wes Amelie will meet Tier III of Marpol Annex  6 regulations. The conversion will take place in 2017.

Shipowner Gerd Wessels says, “With the conversion to LNG we and our partners showcase our technical expertise and demonstrate practical environmental solutions for the merchant marine industry.” Bureau Veritas has experience of this kind of conversion with the Anthony Veder-owned gas carrier MV Coral Anthelia, which was converted to LNG as fuel under BV class this year.

News in brief...

US-based Tropical Shipping has ordered two container ships of 1,100 teu each, and two container ships of 300 teu each at Wenchong China to BV class.

Luis Guerrero Gomez, BV Marine Director for Spain and Portugal, received a special award for his dedication to the maritime sector at Navalia, the International Exhibition of the marine industry in Vigo.

Hanjin Heavy Industries has launched the world’s first purpose built LNG bunker vessel, contracted by ENGIE, NYK Line, Mitsubishi Corp. and Fluxys. The delivery of the 5,000 m3 ship is scheduled for next October.

Regent takes luxury cruise ship

Laskaridis eco bulker

Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard has delivered the 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer to Regent Cruises. Built to BV class the 223 m long 55,200 gt all-balcony-suite ship is billed as the most luxurious ship ever built. The vessel has diesel-electric propulsion driving two fixed pitch propellers giving a service speed of 21.7 knots. It has Bureau Veritas’ highest notations for environmental protection and on-board comfort.


VLCC for Maran Tankers

Eco-ships for PT Pertamina

Greece’s Maran Tankers has taken delivery of the 320,000 dwt VLCC Maran Artemis, built to BV class at Korea’s DSME yard. The vessel is 330 m loa and has a cubic capacity of 360,000 cu m.