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November 2016


by Nick BROWN

Communications Director
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

Staying clean, staying aheadCourtesy MOL    

Christian Bale General Manager
Offshore and LNG projects division. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Temilola OkesanjoResilience 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.

Guidelines for certification of Offshore Access Systems
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

Ponant chooses Bureau veritas for four expedition cruise ships

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.

Star Bulk takes Newcastlemax series

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

Laskaridis eco bulker
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.


Bureau Veritas launches My VeriSTAR mobile application

With invasive aquatic species carried by ships presenting a major threat to marine ecosystems, the IMO has introduced a new regulation: the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water & Sediments (BWM).

BWM is aimed at stopping the spread of harmful organisms by requiring ships to put in place management plans and treatment systems that remove organisms, render them harmless, or prevent their discharge into the sea.

Although adopted at IMO in 2004, the Convention set thresholds in terms of merchant fleet tonnage and contracting states: with Finland’s accession, these criteria were met in September 2016. This means that ship owners have around 12 months to get ready for BWM, which comes into force on 8 September 2017.

BWM applies to all ships designed or constructed to carry ballast water, including submersibles, floating craft, floating platforms, FSUs and FPSOs. Ships of 400 GT and above are subject to surveys and must be issued with an International Ballast Water Management Certificate. They must also carry on board an approved Ballast Water Management Plan (BWMP) and record book.

To obtain their BWM Certificate in time, owners need to start now. Compliance begins with submitting a BWMP that demonstrates how an owner will achieve either D-1 Standard – Ballast Water Exchange, or D-2 Standard – Ballast Water Performance. The former does not require modifications to ship design, and can be used up to the first IOPP renewal survey. D-2 Standard involves modifying ship design to install an approved Ballast Water Management System. Under the current schedule, it must be achieved at the first survey after 8 September 2017.

Bureau Veritas is on hand to support clients in the countdown to BWM by preparing or approving technical documents such as the BWMP, surveying ships and issuing BWM Certificates. We are also supporting owners with advice and training.

Checking strength and stability with 3DEXPERIENCE

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

Bureau Veritas uses Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform to build 3D models of the ships and offshore platforms classed with the Society and perform checking calculations, notably for strength and stability.

Since June this year, following training of our Local Plan Approval Office surveyors in Europe and Asia, the 3DExperience platform is used to automatically generate finite element models of ships. These are then assessed using our VeriSTAR Hull software.

A number of ships are now checked using this method, including a new Ropax project at LaNaval shipyard in Spain. An agreement has also been signed this month with Oshima shipyard to build digital twin models of six bulk carrier newbuildings. They will be used by the Foremost Group shipowner to optimize the vessels’ hull maintenance.

New software speeds up cargo approvals

Bureau Veritas has developed new software for the issuance of DoCs and SoCs for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods. VeriSTAR Dangerous Goods & Bulk (VDGB) is the result of a detailed study on improving generated lists of Classes and Products. It will provide a customized checklist for the surveyor that takes into account ship information and particulars as well as compartment types. The surveyor no longer needs to keep in mind all applicable carriage requirements or their revisions. At the end of his/her survey he/she can generate a valid and accurate list of Classes (DoC) and list of Products (SoC) in under three seconds.

Bureau Veritas and Dassault Systemes partner to drive digital transformation

This new software will also be available to our clients, who will be able to access their entire fleet at a glance, and understand why one particular cargo can be transported whilst another cannot.

Discover “Our Digital Solutions” on WEB TV at

News in brief...

Bureau Veritas has awarded MSC Cruises with the 2016 Special Safety Best Practices Award in recognition of the high level of voluntary enhanced safety procedures implemented across its entire fleet. The performance of additional safety drills, witnessed by Bureau Veritas at five survey centers world-wide, helped improve crew training and readiness to deal with fire, damage stability and passenger evacuation situations.

Bureau Veritas guidance note NI 611 "Guidelines for Fatigue Assessment of Steel Ships and Offshore Units" was published in September. This document brings together all Bureau Veritas’ experience, and the latest developments in evaluation of fatigue capacity for ships and offshore units.

Bureau Veritas is the only classification society involved in CORE LNGas Hive, the European Commission funded project to develop small scale LNG bunkering in and around the Iberian peninsula. The project aims to develop a safe and efficient integrated logistics and supply chain for LNG as fuel in transport, with a particular focus on the maritime industry.

On September 27, a passenger ship workshop led by Bureau Veritas and CSSC to help Chinese clients develop projects took place in Bureau Veritas Shanghai office. Experts from CSSC, design companies and shipbuilding companies attended. Bureau Veritas shared its experience and safety regulations including SRTP, and its China Advanced Technology & Research Center presented structural specificities and hull form hydrodynamic optimization technologies.

Prestigious Shanghai Award for Bureau Veritas Asia head

Minerva takes new product tanker

Claude Maillot, Bureau Veritas’ Senior Vice President, Marine & Offshore, North Asia has been awarded the Shanghai Magnolia Award 2016. He received his award from Mr. Zhang Xiao Song, General Director of the Shanghai Municipal Government’s Foreign Affairs Office on 7 September 2016. The Award recognizes foreign nationals who have made an outstanding contribution to Shanghai’s economic and social development, foreign communication and cooperation. Only 1,059 people have received the honor since its launch in 1986.

Bureau Veritas classes bulk deliveries

Eco-ships for PT PertaminaMagic Seas

In August and September 2016, Greek owner Allseas Marine has taken delivery of the 63,500 dwt Ultramax bulk carriers Magic Seas and Divine Seas. The two ships were built to Bureau Veritas class by China’s Yangzhou Dayang Shipbuilding. Separately, Japan’s Oshima Shipbuilding recently delivered the 85,000 dwt Kamsarmax bulk carrier Nan May to USA’s Foremost Maritime. The carrier is also built to Bureau Veritas class.

Nan May delivery