During Nor-Shipping, Martin Wold, head of the Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) platform at DNV GL – Maritime, presented the latest AFI figures. Mr. Wold said that exponential growth in installed LNG tank capacity indicates a potential boom in LNG for larger vessels over the coming years.
The use of batteries is an emerging means or power that some ships are considering or are even using. As DNV GL informs, today there are 352 ships confirmed with battery installations. This number is expected to increase until 2026 From 2020, the number of ships that will be running on batteries and are under construction will be 153.
DNV GL provides an overview of the ships that use LNG or scrubbers. Namely, currently there are 318 confirmed LNG fuelled ships, and 141 additional LNG ready ships. As for scrubbers, the total number of ships with scrubbers for 2019 is 2947, which is also expected to rise from 2020.
DNV GL and SUMEC Marine Company Ltd. have signed a cooperation agreement, and have now agreed on a Joint Development Project (JDP) to update the Crown 63.5k Bulk Carrier design. The agreement was signed at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo.
DNV GL, automation systems vendor Høglund, ferry operator Fjord1, and the Norwegian Maritime Authority have finalized the first testing phase of the ROMAS (Remote Operation of Machinery and Automation Systems) project. The parties presented the results for the first time at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo.
During Nor-Shipping 2019, DNV GL informed that it will update its shaft alignment design rules to differentiate between Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) and mineral oils in stern tubes. The update, will apply from 1 July 2019, and is based on the phase 1 findings from the joint development project DNV GL has been operating along with the Swedish Club, Norwegian Hull Club, Gard and Skuld.
Cruise operator RCL, Wärtsilä, and DNV GL announced that Navigator of the Seas will feature the industry’s first fire prevention notation. The class notation F(M-P) identifies key areas for preventing fires in engine rooms based on incident analysis, feedback from surveyors, and best practices from the industry.
During the Nor-Shipping Conference in Oslo, DNV GL – Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, proposed a five-step process in order to increase the level of safety in the shipping industry, highlighting that ‘regulators have to put safety at the core when they are making new regulations to address the environmental footprint.’
DNV GL signed a contract with Stena Drilling for the First Cyber Secure class notation. The contract covers the application of the ‘Basic+’ notation to the drillship Stena IceMAX and includes the vessel’s dynamic positioning, drilling, and blowout prevention systems. It will be integrated with Stena Drilling’s own safety management systems.
During the Nor-Shipping press conference in Oslo, DNV GL’s CEO, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, focused on the class’ commitment to maritime safety. He commented that despite the fact that maritime losses seem to have been mitigated in the last decade, challenging markets, demanding environmental regulations and new technologies get the industry’s attention away from marine safety.
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