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Bureau Veritas extends Russian partnerships

Focus on High Arctic offshore projects Bureau Veritas is extending its partnerships in the Russian shipping and offshore sector, focussing on High Arctic offshore projects. Bureau Veritas and the Russian Register are working together to provide basic design review for the Shtokman FPU for the two tenderers: SAIPEM, SAMSUNG and SOFEC (SSS) and AKER, TECHNIP and SBM (ATS). The process has called for a comparison between BV and RS rules, design review and documentation review, and performance of thermal, linear and non-linear hydrodynamic and structural calculations with VeriSTAR Hull.BV's Offshore Rules have been translated into Russian and co-operation agreements have been reached with the Russian Register and the University of St Petersburg."The challenges of extracting oil and gas from the tough environments of the high Arctic have led to close co-operation between Bureau Veritas and the Russian Register, and close links between Bureau Veritas and the University of St Petersburg," explains Bernard Anne, managing director of BV's marine division. "There is huge potential in the exploitation of oil and gas fields in the High Arctic, and we are working with the main offshore operators and our Russian partners to ensure the natural resources can be harvested to benefit Russia and ...

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Bureau Veritas extends class to cover offshore drilling safety

Including Blow-Out Preventers, marine risers and tensioning systems among others Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has extended its classification rules to include the items of drilling equipment which are essential for the safety of offshore drilling operations. These cover well control equipment including Blow-Out Preventers, marine risers, tensioning systems, heave-compensation systems, drawworks, mud circulating systems, cementing equipment, drilling derrick and supporting structures. Offshore drilling operators can turn to one body to assess the entire drilling unit and equipment under one integrated approach.Dan Frorup, Vice President, Offshore Deep Sea Global Business Unit, Bureau Veritas, says, "The Deepwater Horizon incident has shown the offshore industry that dividing responsibility for the safety assessment of offshore vessels from that of the equipment they use is not the best way to drill safely offshore. A holistic approach which assesses the drilling equipment and well control equipment along with the floating unit they are deployed from will deliver safer offshore drilling."Bureau Veritas has completed a full review of classification and certification of offshore drilling rigs, reacting to the needs of both industry and national authorities concerned with the safety of offshore drilling. A new set of rules, NI 569, cover the classification of new generation ...

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Poland recognizes Bureau Veritas for inland navigation vessel inspection

For vessels flying the Polish flag The government of Poland has officially recognized Bureau Veritas for the inspection of inland navigation vessels flying the Polish flag. The recognition is within the scope of European Directive 2006/87/EC, as transposed into Polish law, and also covers measurement certification according to national regulation.The recognition was confirmed by Mr.Chmielewski, deputy director of Shipping Safety Department, Ministry of Infrastructure. The agreement was signed by the director of each of the Inland Navigation Offices in Poland - Mr Wos, Mr Pys, and Mr Slominski from Szczecin, Wroclaw and Bydgoszcz from Szczecin, Wroclaw and Bydgoszcz respectively - in the presence of Bureau Veritas Inland Navigation Management and the Marine Manager for Poland, Jan Dabkowski.The official recognition of Bureau Veritas for the inspection of inland navigation vessels within the scope of the ADN (International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways) regulation will be the subject of a specific agreement to fine-tune the framework, although it has already been lodged with the United Nations.Source: Bureau Veritas

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Bureau Veritas now accredited ISO17020 for inland navigation

To carry out statutory services as a Type A inspection body Belgian accreditation body Belac has accredited Bureau Veritas Inland Navigation Management (DNI) as an organization competent to perform the classification of inland navigation vessels and to carry out statutory services as a Type A inspection body within the requirements of the NBN EN ISO/IEC 17020:2004 standard.DNI is an autonomous organization within the Marine Division of Bureau Veritas. And although BV's Marine Division is already certified according to ISO 9001 standard as well as to the standards required under the IACS Quality Scheme, the decision was taken to go further and to meet the standards initially required of delegated authorized companies by the Dutch inspection authority, Inspectie Verkeer en Waterstaat, and since then suggested by other Administrations.This international standard imposes stringent requirements on inspection bodies, including strict criteria governing quality systems, organization, personnel skills, impartiality, confidentiality, equipment, and inspection methods. All these requirements must be complied with by DNI's head office in Antwerp and by its survey centers.The scope of accreditation embraces inspections, surveys and drawings reviews for classification carried out in Belgium. It also includes statutory issues relating to compliance with relevant European directives, the Rhine Rules, ADN, and ...

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Bureau Veritas slashes Condition Assessment Programme report

CAP is a useful tool for risk assessment of vessels and offshore units Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has slashed the reporting time for a Condition Assessment Programme report from three months to one month, and at the same time improved the accessibility and usability of the report. The dramatic shortening of time for the CAP programme reduces costs for tanker owners and makes the Bureau Veritas CAP a useful tool for risk assessment of vessels and offshore units for life extension or conversion.Vincent Lefebvre, Head of CAP Section, Bureau Veritas, says, "CAP used to be something forced on tanker owners by charterers. Not anymore. Today it is a useful risk assessment tool for every form of offshore structure and vessel. We are seeing increased demand as owners realise they can get a really good picture of their asset in a very reasonable time.Only this month we have been contracted by an owner to perform CAP assessments on two VLCCs, which are candidates for conversion to FPSO. And we are also using CAP as a building block in life extension programmes for gas carriers, FSUs, a dredger and a containership."Bureau Veritas has cut the CAP reporting time spectacularly by ...

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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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