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BV pledges to end certification of Iranian Vessels, oil tankers

Certification activities were in violation of EU sanctions French shipping service, Bureau Veritas (BV) has "decided to disengage completely from all marine activities related to Iran." This follows United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) informing Bureau Veritas last week that its certification activities were in violation of EU sanctions. UANI has launched its shipping certification campaign in early May.Bureau Veritas has assured UANI that the pledge specifically includes "all vessels of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and of its subsidiaries, irrespective of their flags," as well as all and the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) vessels. While applauding the cerification agency for ending its certification of Iranian vessels, UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D.Wallace said, "The international community must focus specifically on the shipping industry, to deny the Iranian regime access to global trade and seaborne crude oil exports. Aligned nations should prohibit all international cargo shippers that service Iranian ports from shipping to the US, EU and elsewhere. By cutting off Iran's shipping access, the world can further isolate the regime and hamper its nuclear program and support for terrorists ." UANI has highlighted the shipping industry as an area where the international community can further pressure Iran. ...

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BV launches e-learning programme for MLC training

E-learning Introduction to Maritime Labour Convention 2006 training Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has launched a web-based training programme to help companies in the shipping industry train their personnel for implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention. As the deadline for implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 draws nearer, companies in the shipping industry are becoming increasingly aware of the need to make sure that they are properly prepared, and that their personnel are correctly trained.That is why Bureau Veritas has launched its e-learning Introduction to Maritime Labour Convention 2006 training, which facilitates the concurrent training of large numbers of personnel without interrupting their normal working activities, in the process reducing the time and cost encountered when using other, traditional learning courses. Introduction to Maritime Labour Convention 2006 training has been designed as a first step in MLC-related education. It is aimed both at seafarers and shore-based personnel, as well as those involved in MLC-related issues at a general level. It is also a valuable source of information and guidance for anyone involved in the development of MLC-related documentation as well as to those persons responsible for implementation of MLC systems and procedures on board ships and in ...

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Severn Trent De Nora’s BALPURE BWTS Receives Type Approval from BV

Ballast water flow rates of up to 5,000 m3/h The Type-ApprovedBALPURE? ballast water treatment system from Severn Trent De Nora has received type approval from classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) for its full range of standard ballast water treatment systems that can treat ballast water flow rates of up to 5,000 m3/h. Standard systems can be supplied as multiple sets to treat higher flow rates.The type approval was granted by BV following stringent review of the BALPURE system per BV rules and guidelines along with the guidelines contained in the IMO Resolution MEPC.174(58). This involved a thorough review of land-based and shipboard testing results, corrosion testing results as well as hydrogen gas dispersion risk analysis by third party Naval Architect / Marine Engineering firm, Glosten Associates.Severn Trent De Nora is in the process of obtaining type approval from other classification societies including ABS, DNV, GL and LR. With the US Coast Guard (USCG) Final Rule published on 23 March 2012, Severn Trent De Nora has also been actively pursuing Alternate Management System status with the USCG, with an objective to be one of the first ballast water management systems with the UCSG Type Approval.Jim McGillivray, BALPURE general manager for Severn ...

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BV and Securymind In Anti-Piracy Initiative

Auditing and verification service for companies providing armed guards International classification society Bureau Veritas has joined forces with French maritime security consultants Securymind to provide an auditing and verification service for companies providing armed guards to protect ships against piracy.Security companies offering services to shipping will be audited against the requirements set down by the "Scheme for Quality Management Systems of Private Maritime Security Companies" established by Bureau Veritas and Securymind. The scheme is based on IMO guidance set out in MSC1405 "Revised Interim Guidance To Shipowners, Ship Operators, and Shipmasters on the Use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel on Board Ships in The High Risk Area".Security companies which meet these standards will be issued with an attestation by Bureau Veritas and will be listed in the BV Register of Private Maritime Security Companies.Roberto Nahon, Head of Systems Certification and Training Department, Bureau Veritas, says, "Shipowners have experienced that armed guards are an effective deterrent to pirate attack. However there are very many international security companies offering these guards, and not all of them can be relied on to meet the right internationally agreed standards. That is why Bureau Veritas has put its auditing and maritime experience together with ...

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First FPSO conversion for B+V since 2009

Blohm & Voss has docked its first FPSO in three years Blohm & Voss Repair in Hamburg, soon to pass into British ownership, has docked its first FPSO in three years for what German reports say is likely to be a long stay for conversion and overhaul, writes Tom Todd.The 92,000dwt oil production and storage unitUisge Gorm, a former tanker, arrived at the German yard earlier this week from Rotterdam under tow from a flotilla of Dutch and German tugs. Local reports said she had no engine power, rudder or propeller. Drawing 10m, she had to wait for high water at Finkenwerder before being berthed at B+V where reports said she was entering Dock 11.A Blohm + Voss spokesman toldThe Motorship the vessel had berthed at the yard but would reveal no details of the work to be undertaken, for contractual reasons. He added more information might be available later.Local media reports spoke of a stay of about a year. They said a panel had been cut in the bottom of the ship to allow her 6m of suspended oil and gas suction plant to be drawn up while she was in dry dock.The 248.2m long and 39.9m wideUisge Gorm ...

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BV Approves LNG-powered Ultra-Large Containership

4,000 teu containership to be powered by LNG Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has given approval in principle for the basic design of a 14,000 teu containership to be powered by LNG. The design was developed in a joint industry project between Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, liner major CMA-CGM and Bureau Veritas.Says Jean-Francois Segretain, deputy technical director, Bureau Veritas, "The market will determine when these ships can be ordered and built, but this is a real milestone as for the first time we have a fully worked and approved design for a main line ultra-large containership running on LNG. After an in depth HAZID analysis we can say with confidence that there are no technical or safety barriers to introducing LNG as a fuel for long-haul large containerships. Major operational savings are deliverable, combined with very much lower air emissions. And the key feature of this design is that the vessel can also run on HFO if required, increasing flexibility in the period before LNG bunkering is widely available."The 14,000 teu vessel will be powered by an ME-GI (MAN Electronic - Gas Injection) 2-stroke dual fuel engine made by MAN Diesel. This delivers the highest efficiency among ...

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