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DNV and partners to design a very large ore carrier

VLOC will introduce innovative solutions for operational and environmental efficiency DNV has initiated a concept study together with industry partners - FKAB, MAN Diesel & Turbo, TGE Marine and Cargotec - to design a very large ore carrier (VLOC).The objective is to introduce innovative solutions that increase efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of bulk ship operations while at the same being both technically and economically feasible.A MacGregor self-loading system from Cargotec makes wide-beam VLOCs feasible, with accompanying efficiency and environmental benefits. An innovative MacGregor self-loading system from Cargotec is an integral element of Ecore, DNV's 250,000 dwt sustainable ore carrier concept introduced in May at the Nor-Shipping exhibition in Norway.DNV says that Ecore has been designed to be more efficient and environmentally friendly in comparison with existing very large ore carriers (VLOCs), and that the focus has been on available technology so that the concept ship could be built today."The MacGregor material handling system is designed to overcome the problems that can be caused at bulk cargo loading terminals by the length and width of a vessel," says Cargotec Sales Director, Johan Ericson. "It makes it possible for the shore-based loader to operate at a single point along the ...

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Containership owner Seaspan receives DNV s new Triple-E rating

A tool to assist ship owners in improving their environmental performance Containership owner Seaspan has received DNVs new Triple-E rating. Triple-E is a voluntary self-improvement tool designed to assist ship owners in continuously improving their environmental performance. It was Seaspans vessel MOL EMERALD that received the rating a testimony to active environmental management and energy efficient transportation of goods.The rating, which was handed over at a ceremony in Vancouver, Canada by DNV President Tor E. Svensen, has been designed as a voluntary tool to help ship operators improve their organisational performance, identify ways to minimise their environmental impact and optimise their fuel consumption and thereby reduce costs.The Triple-E rating is based on the capture of environmental and operational data from ships. The common denominator of the requirements covered in the rating is that most of them can easily be influenced by the owner of the ship; either by themselves or with the assistance of third parties such as DNV. Thus in effect the Triple-E encourages a process of continuous improvement, says Tor E. Svensen.With the handing over of the rating, Seaspan Ship Management became the first containership owner to receive a Triple-E rating.Seaspan was very excited to be the first ...

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USCG extends additional statutory authority to DNV

Authority to issue Certificates The US Coast Guard (USCG) has granted DNV the authority to issue Certificates of Fitness to US-flagged offshore supply vessels (OSVs) that transport or handle limited amounts of hazardous and noxious liquid substances (NLS).DNV will issue the certificates based upon IMO Resolution A.673(16), Guidelines for the Transport and Handling of Limited Amounts of Hazardous and Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk on Offshore Support Vessels, MARPOL 73/78 Annex II and the US Code of Federal Regulations.Offshore supply vessels with keels laid prior to 20 February 2010 that carry limited amounts of hazardous and noxious liquid substances in bulk outside of US waters will be required to obtain this Certificate of Fitness to complete the first annual inspection in 2011.Kenneth Vareide, DNV Maritime regional manager for North America, said "with this additional authorisation, DNV is now authorised to issue all certificates on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard except for the High-Speed Craft Safety Certificates (HSCSC), which has not yet been delegated to any classification society. We appreciate the USCG's trust and confidence in our services."Source: DNV

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FLAGSHIP successfully facilitates the research and development of 10 new maritime solutions

The FLAGSHIP initiative led by various businesses from all over Europe FLAGSHIP, the part EU-funded maritime transport project, concluded on 31st May. During its tenure, the project facilitated the research and development of 10 new maritime solutions from multiple European companies.The FLAGSHIP initiative was divided into sub-projects led by various businesses from all over Europe .For example, FLAGSHIP-TCI led by Marintek in Norway was concerned with creating key performance indicators and technical condition indices to enable fleet managers to compare the performance of their vessels with each other and with benchmarks.This led to the development of a commercial product by DNV, called Top Monitoring, which monitors main engines.Commercial products monitoring auxiliary engines are expected to be launched later this year from two separate FLAGSHIP partners - Danaos and Wartsila.In the UK, BMT led a sub-project - FLAGSHIP-HCA - which addressed surveys and drydock repair processes. This resulted in the German partner, Germanischer Lloyd (GL), introducing a new commercial tool called Hull Manager.GL also led a project called FLAGSHIP-EEM, which focused on energy savings during sailing. This has resulted in a patent being secured to cover a new process of measuring and giving a direct insight in power consumption during operations. ...

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Hanjin Shipping upgrades its Supply Chain Carbon Calculator

Continuing efforts to seek new ways of reducing carbon footprint Hanjin Shipping announced that its Supply Chain Carbon Calculator, developed and introduced to the public back in December, 2009, has been upgraded recently.According to Hanjin Shipping, the former system was able to calculate only the amount of CO2 emissions from one location to another while the upgraded version can provide information by period, multiple destinations and Bill of Lading number.Hanjin Shipping comments, "We have noticed that our customers are becoming more and more conscious of their carbon footprint in line with the industry-wide efforts to reduce CO2 emissions."The company added, "We are delighted to be able to provide our customers with transparent CO2 emissions data. This unique device will certainly benefit our customers as well as the shipping industry. We will also continue our efforts to seek new ways of reducing our carbon footprint."Meanwhile, Hanjin Shipping's Supply Chain Carbon Calculator has been created based on the company's vessel emission factors calculated according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) CO2 calculation methodology and verified by the world-renowned verifiers Det Norske Veritas (DNV)Source: Transportweekly

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DNVPS focuses on crew competence in managing marine fuel for safety

Shipboard personnel should manage strict fuel regulations Crew competence is failing to keep pace with the development in ship operations, even as advancement in technology and design is giving rise to progressively sophisticated vessels with greater efficiency and environmental-friendly features.DNV believes this is an important cause of the reverse trend in ship safety today.Among the areas of improvement, effective bunker management as a basic requirement for safe vessel operations is particularly lacking attention, says DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS) regional manager Bill Stamatopoulos. We see a major problem with young seafarers working on a big ship and not knowing enough about fuel quality, bunkering procedures or proper fuel handling. Very few of them have seen how contaminated bunkers can cause the ship engine to break down suddenly and threaten the safety of everyone onboard, especially in rough weather conditions.Besides safety considerations, Mr Stamatopoulos says shipboard personnel must manage strict fuel regulations as well as the economic imperative of ensuring the right quality and quantity of fuel is received, given todays high bunker prices.IFO 380, the most common heavy fuel grade used by commercial vessels, averages US$650 per tonne, compared to less than US$500 per tonne in 2010.Current fuel regulations include MARPOL ...

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Patents for Steel Concrete Sandwitch construction material for vessels released

DNV hopes this will lead to innovation in the area In about 2000, DNV came up with the idea to use steel concrete sandwich (SCS) as construction material for marine vessels. Since then, DNV has been working to explore the possibilities and potential for the SCS concept together with a large shipyard group and other industrial partners. Now the relevant patents have been released, and DNV hopes this will lead to innovation in the area."We want to make the technology available for the industry, and by releasing some of our ideas and studies we hope this initiative can foster open innovation around using new materials in ships and offshore structures," says CEO of DNV, Henrik Madsen.DNV is prepared to assist the industry and has deep competence in both concrete and sandwich theory, and can contribute with development and qualification of such technology. In order to give a brief introduction to the technology, DNV Research and Innovation has made a white paper (download available on right hand side) in addition to a report from a technical study. The Offshore Standard for Offshore Concrete Structures (DNV OS C-502) can also be downloaded by following a link in the right hand column."DNV made ...

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Bunker management survey by DNV Petroleum Services

Findings suggest that a more mature enforcement of sulphur regulations has developed DNV Petroleum Services conducted a market survey covering the technical, regulatory and supply experiences of ship operators in managing their fuels last year.We attempted to capture their views on the critical fuel management issues in 2011. From the responses of 96 customers and business associates, we are pleased to present a summary of the key findings, as well as our conclusions.Respondent ProfileThe survey responses were received globally. About 50% of the respondents were from Technical departments, 15% from Operations and 18% represented Management. About 60% of the respondents are involved in fuel purchasing.Some 73% of the respondents have ships trading in the Emission Control Areas (ECA).The survey findings suggest that a more matured enforcement of the sulphur regulations in Europe has developed, with ship operators gradually becoming adapted to the requirements in the EU and the Emission Control Areas.About 64% of the respondents felt there has been an improvement in the Port State Control enforcement of fuel sulphur regulations over the past 12 months. Of the 15% who said they have had problems with fuel regulations when trading in the EU and the ECAs, these problems were mainly ...

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DNV SeaSkill awards ShipGaz Training at Nor-Shipping

DNV focused on how ShipGaz manages its operations for continuous improvement ShipGaz Training was awarded the DNV SeaSkill Maritime Education and Training Certificate. The certificate was handed over to ShipGaz Training at the Nor-Shipping conference in Oslo, Norway.DNV SeaSkill helps training providers and manufacturers to ensure that competence is properly addressed, built and retained.ShipGaz Training is the first on-line training provider meeting DNV Seaskill requirements. By this certification, ShipGaz Training has proved its ability to deliver high quality, consistent services according to a well-recognised standard.During the audit leading up to certification, DNV focused on how ShipGaz manages its operations and reflects on its own performance in order to achieve continuous improvement.Approximately 100 maritime academies, training centres and simulator centres are currently certified by DNV SeaSkill.Source: DNV

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DNV participates in joint industry project for Ecore- a step change in VLOC design

Designed to lower fuel costs and improve loading efficiency Together with FKAB, TGE Marine, Cargotec and MAN Diesel & Turbo, DNV has participated in a joint industry project to develop Ecore, a Very Large Ore Carrier concept designed to lower fuel costs and improve loading efficiency.Based on existing technology, the Ecore concept represents a step change in VLOC design. Powered by two-stroke dual fuel ME-GI engines, this concept features a more ballast friendly hull shape, a large centre cargo hold layout and introduces a highly efficient self-loading system.According to DNV project manager Pål Wold, these elements will not only improve the VLOCs performance but also help lower fuel costs and corresponding emissions. Working closely with our partners, we recognised that significant improvements can be achieved on both the machinery and hull side by using existing technology, he says. Our goal was to combine proven systems and design concepts to demonstrate how fuel costs can be reduced and loading efficiency improved.Pål Wold notes that while Ecore may challenge existing ideas on the design of VLOCs, the concept is built on real data. The project team sent out a survey to shipowners, cargo owners and brokers to ensure the project was consistent ...

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