ABS published a new Advisory on Gas and Other Low Flashpoint Fuels, providing guidance on available technologies, regulatory requirements and installation and operational considerations for adopting gas or other low flash point fuels.
Harvey Gulf International Marine has chosen the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to class two Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) being retrofitted with a dual fuel as well as battery system. The Harvey Energy will become the first US-flagged OSV equipped with a battery/converter system.
The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) held its 101st session from June 5 to 14, 2019. After its conclusion, the meeting decided on many important issues during this session. Among others, these include fuel quality and safety, maritime autonomous surface ships, and the approval and adoption of various instruments.
ABS published a Guide for ‘Enhanced Shaft Alignment’ to provide direction to owners and operators who are to perform a more detailed shaft alignment analysis and installation assessment. Mainly, the vessels that are designed, built and operated in compliance with the requirements of this guide, may be assigned to Class Notation ESA or ESA+.
During ABS’ event in Athens, representatives from the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Chevron Shipping Company and Clarkson Research Services, gathered to discuss the role technology plays in the shipping industry and the path to IMO 2050.
In line with IMO’s World Maritime Day theme for 2019 ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’, ABS issued a video depicting few of the organization’s female leaders discussing career advice for women pursuing a career in the maritime industry.
ABS launched its ABS Low Carbon Shipping Outlook which defines ship technologies, operational efficiencies and alternative fuels and energy sources that are needed to achieve the 2030 and 2050 goals. To achieve cleaner and low carbon emissions, the shipping industry will need a better understanding of existing technologies and strategies while new technology, including fuels, will need to be developed.
ABS published an advisory addressing the importance of subsea inspection, maintenance, and repair. In the advisory it discusses options for damaged equipment and the procedure for life extension assessments. The IMR aspects of the subsea integrity management provide detailed methods and action items for managing the integrity of each system or components of equipment.
ABS published a report, providing an introduction to air lubrication technology for shipbuilders, shipowners, and other interested parties. In the paper, ABS presents a summary of reported full-scale sea trials and current developments. Air lubrication systems are recognized by IMO as a Category B-1 “Innovative Energy Efficiency Technology” as described in MEPC.1/Circ.815.
ABS published the Guide for Smart Functions for Marine Vessels and Offshore Units (Smart Guide) to assist marine and offshore owners and operators leverage their operational data. The Smart Guide introduces a class approach leading to the marine and offshore industries’ first set of notations to help owners and operators qualify and use smart functions.
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