by Nick BROWN
Marine & Offshore Division
As the incoming Communications Director for the Marine & Offshore Division of Bureau Veritas, I am looking forward to helping communicate with all of our stakeholders. Maybe our industry has been slow to understand and use the power of communications. This is now changing fast.
The importance of communications is now better understood. Images and the right words can and must be used to tell our stories if we want to be understood and to have influence.
Digital, of course, is critical. Across the whole business, technology is driving change. But in a digital world the fundamentals of good communication remain the same - even in the age of Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
I feel very strongly that communication is a two way street: looking and listening are as vital as telling our own stories and sharing our own news. We need to see, hear and try to understand what all our stakeholders are thinking and doing.
So, I am now impatient to meet and work with VeriSTAR News' readers and all Bureau Veritas stakeholders and colleagues to understand how we can support you best.
Building resilience through innovation
Christian Bale General Manager
Offshore and LNG projects division. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Resilience is a word you hear a lot at Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., (MOL). With a 130-year pedigree in cargo and passenger shipping, the Tokyo-based company has responded to the past few years’ market turbulence by expanding beyond transportation, and towards LNG and Offshore.
“MOL’s vision is to develop the group into an excellent and resilient organization. One of the ways we do this is to develop Offshore and LNG as they are both stable and profitable”, explains Christian Bale, General Manager of MOL’s Offshore and LNG projects division.
Based in London, he works closely with his colleagues in Tokyo to deliver LNG carriers, Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRUs) and Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) systems, mainly in the Atlantic basin region. The group has 69 LNG carriers in operation; during 2019, it will have over 90, and it aspires to reach 100.
MOL is working on some of the most innovative projects in the industry, including three of the LNG carriers to be used for the groundbreaking Yamal project in Russia’s Arctic. Built at DSME to dual Bureau Veritas / Russian Register class, with icebreaking capability and winterization up to -52°C, the ships will trade throughout the Arctic from 2018. “This is a hugely exciting but challenging project, with teams working round the clock” says Christian. “Bureau Veritas has been very supportive in helping us meet their myriad new regulations and technical requirements.”
MOL chose Bureau Veritas and DSME for two other flagship projects: an 180,000 m3 LNG carrier to be chartered by UNIPER, and a FSRU scheduled to begin operation during 2018 in the Port of Montevideo, Uruguay.
“The FSRU’s tank capacity of 263,000 m3 is the largest of any project worldwide, enabling it to receive cargo from all LNG carriers in service together with a gas send of 20 Mm3/day and a unique design for 20 years non dry docking” says Christian.
“We chose to work with DSME and Bureau Veritas because they have good experience together on regasification projects. We have two SRV / FSRUs already but this was our first fully owned and operated FSRU, so we were looking for as much support as possible.
It’s important for us that our Class Society is not just there as a regulator. We look for good global coverage with the right people who will come up with innovative solutions when we have a problem. Bureau Veritas people are well organized, experienced and knowledgeable and, with their professional design capability, respond pro-actively to issues.”
Exciting times lie ahead for MOL’s business. It is expanding upstream and downstream through consolidation and mergers into logistics and terminals. MOL also explores options for FLNG and conversion of older tonnage to LNG storage. Christian concludes: “To be resilient, our fleet needs to be flexible and fit for purpose. It means we need to keep ahead of the game and be innovative.”
LNG bunkering operation supports clean fuel future
Bureau Veritas supported the adoption of clean fuel LNG through the classification of both vessels in the world’s first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation between two independent ocean-going vessels.
Copyright Port of Gothenburg
On September 3, 2016, Terntank Rederi’s M/T Ternsund bunkered LNG at the entrance to the port of Gothenburg from Coral Energy, a Dutch small scale LNG vessel owned by Anthony Veder and chartered by Skangas.
The 15,000 dwt Ternsund is the world’s first LNG-fuelled newbuilding oil/chemical tanker. It was built under BV class at Avic Dingheng, China. Coral Energy, which has a capacity of 15,600 m3, is also built to BV class. Ship-to-ship bunkering is considered by the industry as the key to adoption of LNG as a marine fuel.
New developments presented at Software Seminar
On September 8, 2016, Bureau Veritas held its Software Seminar, an event that brought together 40 participants representing all Bureau Veritas software users in Europe. Experts presented the latest developments in the most commonly used Bureau Veritas software: Ariane, Hydrostar, Homer, VeriSTAR Hull, VeriSTAR Stability and Optimise. They also introduced software developed by Bureau Veritas’ subsidiaries, Tecnitas and HydrOcean. Attendees took part in fruitful discussions, enabling Bureau Veritas to gain feedback from all users and adapt its plans for future developments.
Chinese yard visits reinforce cooperation
In the past few months, Bureau Veritas has had the pleasure of welcoming two high-level delegations from Chinese yards. In August, it welcomed Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. led by Mr. Sheng Ji-Gang, President. This visit was followed in October by Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd. led by Mr. Lin Ou, Chairman. Fruitful discussions addressed general trends in the shipbuilding industry and the shipping market and reviewed possible areas of cooperation in selected fields.
Bureau Veritas classes latest delivery to NLNG
Courtesy Samsung Heavy Industries
Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) has taken delivery of the 175,000 cu m LNG Abalamabie, built to Bureau Veritas class by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries yard. She is the last of a series of four new LNG carriers built for Bonny Gas Transport.