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BV cuts condition assessment report time

From three months to one month Class society Bureau Veritas reports that it has managed to slash the reporting time for a condition assessment programme (CAP) report from three months to one month, while improving its accessibility and usability.The significantly shorter timescale is expected to reduce costs for tanker owners and to make BV's CAP a useful tool for risk assessment of vessels and offshore units for life extension or conversion. The cut in reporting time is made possible by completely renewing the reporting software used by the surveyor and by the UTM (ultrasonic thickness measurement) service provider. At the same time BV has revised the report to make it deliverable by web to the client and, if required, the client's own clients, such as charterers, banks and other stakeholders.The new software was designed in liaison with clients and ship vetting entities. Using a web-based interface, the tool is installed on surveyors' lap tops. The database of the tanks and important machinery equipment is automatically downloaded from BV's 'Neptune' class database if the unit is BV class, or uploaded for next-time use if the vessel is not BV class. Reporting time is reduced by use of drop down menus and ...

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Bureau Veritas certifies Maryville Manila for compliance to the Maritime Labour Convention

Being the first manning agency to be certified by class society in the Philippines Bureau Veritas has certified Philippines-based manning agency Maryville Manila for compliance to the Maritime Labour Convention MLC2006 on a voluntary basis making it the first manning agency to be certified by class society in the Philippines.Claude Maillot, VP Ships in Service Management at Bureau Veritas, said: The readiness of Maryville Manila to move towards voluntary compliance and certification under MLC2006 in advance of the convention coming into force demonstrates both the quality of the organisation and the forward thinking of its management. We have so far certified one seafarer manning office in the UK and its branch office in India, two in Greece and we have published a Guidance Note (NI 563) to facilitate the certification process. We expect other manning offices be looking for certification before the convention enters into force, probably next year.Emmanuel Danion, Bureau Veritas Country Chief Executive for the Philippines, added: The Filipino manning industry is very important both here in the Philippines and as the biggest resource of skilled manpower for global shipping. It is most important that manning agencies are forward looking and ready to comply with global standards, as ...

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Bureau Veritas classed fleet grew over 80m gt during 2011

Due to the delivery of 320 new vessels and the transfer in of 198 vessels in service The Bureau Veritas classed fleet grew strongly during 2011 and in June passed 80 m gt. In total, 9,663 sea-going vessels and 1,853 inland navigation ships are classed by Bureau Veritas.The growth has been led by the delivery of 320 new vessels and the transfer in of 198 vessels in service since the beginning of the year.Today the fleet is well balanced in tonnage, with 37% bulk carriers, 20% tankers, 8% gas carriers, 5% passenger vessels, 14% containerships and 16% specialised and offshore vessels.New additions to the BV class fleet in the last month include two capesize bulk carriers built in China for Greek shipownerCentrofin Management and for American shipowner Foremost Group, and the two 75,200 dwt bulk carriers Good Luck and Good Wish built in China for Chinese shipowner Pacific Wealth Shipping Co. Ltd.These vessels joined the BV class fleet on the day it passed the 80 m gt mark. On the same day, Greek shipmanager Quintana Ship Management transferred the 82,200 dwt bulk carrier Q Jake, delivered in March 2011, to BV class.Source: Bureau Veritas

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Sinopacific Shipbuilding secures order for four bulker vessels

The newbuildings will be classed by Bureau Veritas China's Yangzhou Dayang Shipbuilding, Sinopacific Shipbuilding's affiliate yard, has secured an order from an unnamed European shipowner to build four 63,000dwt bulker vessels.The newbuildings will be classed by French classification society BV.The vessels will be built to Sinopacific-developed standard design and fitted with up-to-date, eco-friendly technologies.The newbuildings will have a larger cargo capacity than existing similar vessels.Source: Ship-technology

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Bureau Veritas puts new focus on operational efficiency

Being efficient means more than saving fuel Classification society Bureau Veritas says continuing pressure on emissions, coupled with rising oil prices, puts a new focus on operational efficiency, so BV believes the scope of efficiency must be widened.Writing in the Bureau Veritas Marine Business Review 2011 Bernard Anne, managing director of BVs marine division says: Efficiency has to take on a new meaning. To be efficient means more than optimising a ship to burn less fuel when loaded and at its design service speed. It must burn less fuel and cleaner fuel across a wide range of loading conditions and a wide range of speeds.To be efficient means more than saving fuel, it means burning the right fuel in the right place, making a pathway for the use of gas, nuclear and fuel cell solutions. To be efficient means operating the ship in the optimum way for every environmental condition, and that means having crew with the right training, the right support and the right feedback on operating conditions to make the right judgements. And to be efficient above all means operating without incident, without pollution, without breakdown, and without loss of life.Class can help with that quest for new ...

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21st Port State Control Committee meeting of the Tokyo MOU

Press release The following press release has been issued further to the twenty-first meeting held in Republic of Korea.It should be noted that "the Committee approved the arrangements for the CIC on Structural Safety and Load Lines that will be carried out from 1 September to 30 November 2011 simultaneously with the Paris MOU" and that "the Committee reconfirmed its decision to conduct a joint CIC on Fire Safety System (FSS) with the Paris MOU during period September-November 2012 and noted the progress made thereon".To view the press release please click hereSource: Bureau Veritas

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Stowaways: Prevention of Access; Resolution of Cases

Issue of preventing stowaways Considering that, "despite implementation of the International Ship and Port Security Code ("ISPS Code"), the issue of preventing stowaways and dealing with them properly once they have been discovered is still problematic", the Marshall Islands Administration has issued the Marine Notice MN-7-41-5.To view the Marine Notice please click hereSource: Bureau Veritas

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BV issues risk guide for new technology

Guidelines for Risk-Based Qualification of New Technology Classification society Bureau Veritas has issued guidelines for Risk-Based Qualification of New Technology, intended to show that the technology is safe, reliable and fit for purpose.The detailed guidelines cover how to analyse the service conditions for which a novel technology is designed, identify the possible resulting failure modes which it needs to withstand and against which it needs to be qualified and how to establish the relevant qualification program. BV says that the qualification process should combine both theoretical analytical modelling and physical tests.The decision making process at the end of the qualification process is, according to BV, an important step in the methodology. Its goal is to help solving the trade-off between the level of qualification, the resulting costs, and the expected results in terms of confidence in the novel technology.BV describes the qualification process as the means by which a new technology or an existing technology used in a new context is validated. The qualification process is intended to prove with an acceptable level of confidence and in a cost effective manner that a technology is fit for purpose, that it complies with the specifications that the designer developed and that ...

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RS and BV have signed LNG/FPU co-operation agreement

development of joint guidelines for LNG carriers and Offshore Floating Production Units Leading classification societies Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Bureau Veritas (BV) have signed a three-year cooperation agreement covering the development of joint guidelines for LNG carriers and Offshore Floating Production Units (FPUs).Pierre Besse, Vice-President Research and Development for BV, says, "We are delighted to have reached this agreement with the RS, which will greatly facilitate research into two technologically challenges areas of shipping. The agreement is based on the exchange of information for the mutual benefit of BV and RS, and for the maritime industry generally."We will now be able to combine the particular strengths of the BV and RS rules, to produce definitive guidelines which draw on the experience and expertise of both organizations. In addition, the co-operation agreement enables us to exchange information fr om the results of recent research projects, including those relating - but by no means lim ited - to operations in Arctic conditions."Dr. Sergey Koshchy, Senior RS Vice-Director General, noted: "The agreement sets out the key parameters for the cooperation and will help to concentrate our joint efforts in developing guidelines enhancing the maritime safety and environmental protection". Under the ...

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