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March 2017


by daniel giani

Marine & Offshore Regional Chief Executive
USA and Canada

Bruno Dabouis

Amid uncertainty and rapid technological development, Bureau Veritas provides confidence. At Seatrade Cruise Global we are looking forward to talking to our clients in the fast growing passenger ship market as a growing number of BV classed projects confirm our key role. Seventy three ships (including options) are on order in Europe.

Eleven for delivery in 2017 – the largest is MSC’s 167,000gt, BV Class, MSC Meraviglia. Asia, particularly China, is also very keen to develop a cruise newbuild capability. We are also seeing orders for sophisticated expedition cruise ships from Ponant, Hapag Lloyd, Scenic Tours and Lindblad.

In this niche market Bureau Veritas provides operators with the technical support they need: solutions for implementation of SRTP and Polar Code requirements, as well as the enhanced safety, efficiency and comfort that are BV hallmarks.

Refits and conversions are important areas for class support and we will continue to deliver close and efficient support to our clients and develop our dedicated Fort Lauderdale office together with our Local Plan approval office in Houston. Come and see us at Seatrade Cruise Global, booth #1009

Seaspan Ferries scores
three industry firsts

Seaspan Swift, Courtesy Seaspan

Laurent CastaingHarly Penner
Port engineer and project manager,  
Seaspan Ferries

The first hybrid vessel to feature electric propulsion alongside LNG and diesel power. The first LNG-fueled vessel to operate on the west coast of Canada. The first on-board bunkering of LNG from a truck trailer.

This hat-trick of firsts makes Seaspan Ferries Corporation’s new ro-ro vessel, in service from January 2017, one of the most innovative in the market. Designed by Vard Marine, built at Sedef Shipyard in Turkey and classed by Bureau Veritas, the Seaspan Swift will ply the daily cargo route from British Columbia mainland to Vancouver Island. At 148.9m long, it can accommodate up to 59 trailers.

A sister vessel, the Seaspan Reliant, will also be delivered in early 2017. The two vessels are the first in a program to replace the company’s seven-strong fleet, which together supply more than 50% of all cargo to Vancouver Island.

Seaspan port engineer and project manager Harly Penner, a marine engineer with an MBA in maritime business, was charged with delivering the complex project.

“Our ferries have an average age of 48 years, and in that time, there have been huge advances in technology and vessel efficiency. This is why we have three criteria in our fleet replacement: the vessels must be purpose-built and optimized for our cargo volume; they must offer an efficient hull form; and they must use alternative fuel.”

The use of LNG as fuel will lead to significant emissions reductions as well as lowering fuel costs. But the number of innovations has also made for a real regulatory challenge, explains Harly.

“It was a challenge for both us and our flag. We had to demonstrate we had an equivalent level of safety to what we currently achieve with diesel fuel. This meant investing a lot of time in risk assessment. And with over 180 risk requirements to address, we had our work cut out!

The support we received from Bureau Veritas throughout was really valuable: they integrated into both the owner team and the design team, and had a healthy understanding of our requirements as well as those of the flag and the IGF Code.”

One issue was that the IGF Code does not detail on-board bunkering of LNG from trucks. Bureau Veritas worked hand-in-hand with Seaspan and the authorities and the first bunkering operation onboard the Seaspan Swift was successfully performed in December.

“This was the first time we had worked with Bureau Veritas and we were impressed,” says Harly. “They have a strong expertise in LNG, with a dedicated team: they dispatched the right people at the right time to address our specific requirements. And they understand our operational needs: we have a very high service delivery rate, so fast service from our class society is vital.”

Yamal LNGC Christophe de Margerie

Christophe de Margerie, the first icebreaking LNG carrier designed for the Yamal project in Russia’s far and icy north, will soon be ready for service. Classed by Bureau Veritas, the new ship, built at DSME, is the first of a series of up to fifteen vessels, each capable of transporting 172,000 cu m of LNG and operating in second year ice up to 2.5 m thick.

Guidelines for certification of Offshore Access Systems
Christophe de Margerie, named after late Total CEO

This first ship was ordered by Russia’s Sovcomflot in 2014 and is soon to perform the necessary ice trials to prove the ability to sail in the ice infested waters during winter. MOL, Teekay and Dynagas had been awarded respectively by YAMAL LNG with three, six and five vessels.

The 300 m LOA LNG carrier has four membrane tanks of the GTT NO 96 type. The hull form is designed with a moderate ice bow forward and a heavy ice-breaking profile aft. The ship is dual-acting, navigating in light ice or open sea bow first, then navigating astern to break heavy ice. The astern ice breaking mode is assisted by the unique podded propulsion system which consists of three pods delivering around 45MW of power. Safety of these vessels and care for the environment will be enhanced by a forward and aft ice belt to add strength to the hull in key areas and a very detailed fatigue life analysis to ensure the structure can withstand the expected extreme stresses for the life of the vessel. Bureau Veritas’ IceSTAR tool has been used to assess the hull ice loads.


173,000 cu m LNG carrier Prachi delivered

India LNG Transport, a consortium comprising three Japanese companies and one from India – Japan’s NYK, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, “K” Line, and the Shipping Corporation of India – has taken delivery of a Petronet LNG (India) chartered tanker.

Prachi has joined Petronet LNG’s fleet as its fourth chartered vessel. The 112,791 gt vessel is managed by The Shipping Corporation of India.

LNGC Prachi was built by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries yard and delivered at the end of 2016.

New chemical tanker for Elcano

Guidelines for certification of Offshore Access Systems

In January 2017, Empresa Naviera Elcano took delivery of the 13,000 dwt chemical tanker Castillo de Tebra, built to BV class by Ningbo Xinle Shipbuilding Group Co., Ltd. Even if the length overall – at 119,90 m and so not subject to CSR-H requirements – 3D FEM modelling was performed in order to assess the structure, including fatigue analysis. Accordingly, the vessel received the  VeriSTAR-HULL notation in the class certificate.


Two Newcastlemax bulk carriers delivered to Diana Shipping

Guidelines for certification of Offshore Access Systems

Last January, Chinese Jiangnan shipyard delivered two 208,500 dwt newbuildings, the MV Newport News and the MV San Francisco, to Athens-based dry bulk owner Diana Shipping.  Both 300 m long vessels are new generation Newcastlemax with optimized hull form for energy efficiency and dual class BV and CCS.



Bureau Veritas launches My VeriSTAR mobile application
Courtesy Tallink Group    

The LNG-powered shuttle ferry Megastar has been delivered on time to Tallink by Meyer-Turku. After a relatively short building period started during summer 2015, this very innovative large ferry was introduced on Tallinn-Helsinki shuttle service end of January 2017.

The LNG-powered Megastar benefits from an advanced hull shape resulting in substantial fuel savings and increased comfort levels with low vibrations observed during sea trials.

The 212-meter, 27-knot Megastar has a capacity of 2,824 passengers and 3,653 car lane meters for a tonnage of about 49,000 gt.

Together with several different restaurants and cafés, the ship has a unique shopping complex. The very large shopping center of 2,800 m², spread over two decks, is providing direct accessibility to a separate car deck that follows the lay-out of a supermarket parking space.

On the propulsion side, the vessel is equipped with Wärtsilä dual fuel engines distributed in two separate engine rooms as required by the latest Safe Return To Port SOLAS requirements. Ahead of the official entry into force date of the Code, the vessel has been designed in conformity with the new IGF Code and the LNG is stored in two type C tanks located on tank top, with a total capacity of 600 m3.

Due to relatively short contractual period of time dedicated to design and building of the vessel, together with the innovation related to the hull form, propulsion and accommodation arrangement, Bureau Veritas had to establish a special task force involving our design appraisal offices of Paris and Turku, as well as our new building surveyors from Finland and Estonia. At delivery, the vessel was granted with the highest marks and notations covering automation, pollution prevention and comfort.

Bureau Veritas certificates - going digital

Well underway now is a project to ensure that BV certification can be produced digitally. BV’s solution will align with the IMO guidelines for electronic certification published in April 2016.

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

Some flag authorities are getting ready to go digital, and, notably, the Flag Administration of Denmark is already issuing digital certificates. BV’s approach will address the requirements for correct content, security, and verification standards.  

The benefits of digital certification, accessible online through or on My VeriSTAR app, are productivity improvements - allowing paperless management of information, reduced administration overheads, and a reduced risk of lost or damaged certificates.

To provide the appropriate levels required of security and verification BV has worked with Cert Europe using trusted and proven standards of verification. BV is now working with the Danish and Netherlands flags in a pilot phase involving a number of shipowners. This pilot work is taking into account issues related to the availability of internet connections to the ship.  Issuance of digital certificates requires the acceptance of a ship’s flag state and clients will have the choice as to whether they accept digital certification.

Digital certification is the latest phase in the Bureau Veritas approach to digitalization that is transforming the way our service is delivered externally and internally, creating efficiencies, reducing risk and increasing accuracy.


A hot ship for cold Waters

The Damia Desgagnés is the first of four sister ships with a cargo capacity of 15,000 dwt presently under construction at Besiktas Shipyard, Turkey, for the account of Groupe Desgagnés of Canada. She is due for delivery this month. In addition, the ship is equipped with a brand new Wärtsilä 5RT-flex 50DF, 5450 kW main engine, able to burn three fuel types – LNG, HFO and MDO. The ship carries Bureau Veritas’ CleanShip Super notation and other environmental notations as well as being ready for ice and cold with Polar 7 of the Polar Code and BV’s ‘COLD’ notation. The ability of the ship to trade with the smallest environmental wake and in ice and cold are critical to the owners. The ship will trade in Canada and is designed to carry cargo at temperatures up to 220°C.

The following class notations will be assigned to the ship upon delivery:  Hull,  Mach, Asphalt-Bitumen-Chemical/Oil Tanker, FP>60°C, ESP, Dual Fuel, Unrestricted Navigation, Cold (-30°C),  AUT-UMS, SPM, Polar Class 7, CleanShip Super, BWT, GWT, NDO-7 days,  SYS-NEQ-1, Green Passport, VCS, IWS, Mon-Shaft, Protected FO Tank.



Two Meraviglia 'Plus' ships at STX France

Courtesy STX France

Shortly before Christmas MSC Cruises and STX France confirmed entry into force of the contract for two “Meraviglia-Plus” ships. These will be lengthened versions of the MSC Meraviglia, now under construction. The “Meraviglia-Plus” ships will measure 177,500 gt with a total capacity of 7,685 passengers and crew. They will be delivered in 2019 and 2020. Meanwhile construction of the MSC Meraviglia proceeds on schedule. This new generation cruise ship of 167,000 gt will soon perform sea trials and final tests required for delivery at the end of May. She will be followed by her sistership MSC Bellissima, scheduled to enter into service early in 2019. Both vessels represent a significant evolution in design, improving propulsive efficiency with a reduced environmental impact.

News in brief...

FLENSBURGER’S YARD (FSG) HAS SIGNED A LETTER OF INTENT to build a new passenger ferry for Brittany Ferries for delivery in 2019. The 42,000 gt ferry will accommodate 1,680 passengers and have a ro-ro capacity of 2,600 lane meters. Powered by LNG fuel, the 185m ferry will serve the route between Caen-Ouistreham and Portsmouth. Due to her size and type of propulsion, the vessel will be granted Bureau Veritas additional service notations SRTP and DUAL-FUEL. The final contract between yard and owner will be signed during spring 2017.

FIRST STEEL CUTTING FOR THE CRUISE SHIP LE LAPEROUSE, first in a series of four expedition cruise ships for the Explorer class of Ponant, took place in January at Vard’s shipyard at Tulcea in Romania. When completed, before year-end, the hull will be towed to the Vard’s yard in Sovikness, Norway, to complete the outfitting for a delivery in May 2018. The second vessel will be delivered in 2018, while the last two will join the fleet in 2019.


Deliveries of tankers in China

MT Elbhoff

Landbridge Majesty

Last January, Chinese Jiangnan Among significant deliveries of tankers in China, Oak Maritime took delivery of the BV-classed MT Elbhoff, a 300,000 dwt VLCC, built at Shanghai WaiGaoQiao Shipbuilding.

In January 2017, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. delivered the 308,000 dwt Landbridge Majesty VLCC to Landbridge Group. This ship is a sister ship of Landbridge Prosperity delivered in September 2016.