by daniel giani
Marine & Offshore Regional Chief Executive
USA and Canada
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
Port engineer and project manager,
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.
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
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
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.