BY Claude Maillot
Senior Vice President,
Marine & Offshore North Asia Zone
China is Bureau Veritas’ largest operating country. We have400 people in our Marine & Offshore Division, and more than 10,000 people across the Bureau Veritas Group in China. So, Marintec, as one of the maritime world’s most important events, is very important to us. Recent tough years have not reduced our capabilities.
We continue to invest in our people, in R&D, and in projects to provide the highest levels of service in supporting safety, innovation and new technology.
Our Marintec 2017 focus includes:
- Our capability to meet the challenge of environmental regulations and alternative energies like LNG;
- How digital is transforming our industry;
- Cruise shipping and demand for cruise ships built in Asia. BV is able to share its expertise and leadership in cruise ship safety.
So, we look forward to seeing you in Shanghai – please visit our booth (N2F79) where we can share our global expertise as well as our Chinese and French hospitality.
Targeting cruise recognition
General Manager, CMHI
Earlier this year, SunStone placed an order for four expedition cruise ships to be built at the China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) Jiangsu shipyard near Shanghai, with options for a further six.
For Wallace Yao, General Manager of CMHI, it’s hard to overstate the importance of the newbuilding contract: “This is our first cruise ship project, and it’s vital that we get it right.”
Since 1965, the yard has developed a reputation for constructing high-value ships and offshore projects for international clients. With the SunStone project, it aims to demonstrate to owners that the yard has the skills to build cruise ships to the same high quality.
“A successfully executed cruise project demonstrates the ability of the yard to tackle any sophisticated newbuilding in terms of technical standards, complexity and the number of international suppliers to be coordinated. The SunStone vessels will gain substantial public interest on delivery, and potentially act as a showcase for CMHI’s ability to construct cruise ships.”
Each SunStone vessel will be 104m long and 18.2m wide, with 80-95 passenger cabins accommodating up to 160 passengers. The project brings together an exceptionally international team from the US, China and Europe, with design by Ulstein, interiors by Mäkinen and classification by Bureau Veritas.
“It’s an advantage that Bureau Veritas has such a large team in Shanghai. We have a joint team, we are able to see them frequently, and they help us a lot.”
This proximity is crucial, as the project brings a number of challenges. As expedition cruise vessels, operating in Arctic waters, the four ships will have a Polar Class notation, and must be able to proceed to a port under their own power following an incident (Safe Return to Port).
“We are really looking to Bureau Veritas to be our guide and coach on this project as it’s our first cruise ship. They have a vast experience in cruise ship design and construction, and in handling large complex projects.”
CMHI is pleased with the relationship to date: it has sent drawings for approval and Bureau Veritas has already provided suggestions.
“Trust between partners is important to deliver the contracted vessels on time and on budget. Bureau Veritas is a good partner for us – we’ve worked with them previously on repairs and conversion projects, but this is the first new construction project at our Jiangsu site. We’re really looking forward to working with them to make this project a success.”
Looking ahead, CMHI is aiming to leverage its experience with the project team to develop a recognized expertise in cruise ships:
“We see huge potential in the cruise ship market, which in China alone is seeing growth of 7% each year. It’s important to us to expand our business and there are some really exciting opportunities out there.”
Bureau Veritas issuing e-certificates from December 2017
Bureau Veritas is expanding its digital capability with class and statutory survey certification. Flag States, ship owners and managers will be able to select electronically signed documents for their certificates, commencing with pilot Flag States in December 2017 prior to a global roll-out early 2018. The e-certificates, developed in compliance with IMO guidelines, enable stakeholders to reduce administrative time and cost as well as improving accuracy. They also eliminate problems related to the loss or damage to original certificates and they are more secure than paper documents as they cannot be modified without invalidating the signature. And port state authorities are able to verify their authenticity and validity through the Bureau Veritas secure web site, directly connectable via a QR Code unique to each certificate.
The e-certificates will be securely stored and easy to share, delivered by email and available on the My Veristar app and through the Veristar Info desktop portal.
Bureau Veritas joins drones JDP
Bureau Veritas has joined RECOMMS (Remote Evaluation of Coatings / Corrosion on Offshore Machinery and Marine Structures / Ships), a joint development project (JDP), to develop drones with the capability to inspect steel structures in enclosed spaces such as cargo areas and ballast tanks.
The JDP’s primary objectives are to develop a steady, stable and reliable drone capable of following programmable flight paths, using 3D simulator ship specific training programs developed alongside the drone design.
The project is designed to meet the specific requirements for marine classification close up surveys and inspections. Using a drone will reduce risks to surveyors and ship crews, as well as reducing costs, for example by minimizing the need for staging erected for class renewal surveys.
Egyptian Navy takes delivery of first Gowind®
© Adrien Daste
September saw the delivery of the El Fateh Corvette to the Egyptian Navy by Naval Group. The team at Lorient shipyard, led by Naval Group CEO Hervé Guillou, rose to the challenge of completing construction in just three years. The corvette is the first in a series of four BV-classed Gowind® vessels. The next three will be built by Alexandria Shipyard under a transfer of technology with Naval Group supervision.