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The most efficient container vessels of the world are contracted in China

The new generation of 10,000 TEU container vessels The new generation of 10,000 TEU container vessels contracted in China by Seaspan represents major improvements in energy efficiency, cargo capacity, operational efficiency and emission reductions. The new features have been developed in a collaboration between Seaspan, the Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group, MARIC and DNV. The order for seven 10,000 TEU container vessels plus 18 options which was signed in Shanghai on 8 June is the biggest ever container contract entered into in China. The vessels will be built to DNV class. The Seaspan container ship hull lines have been optimised for a speed range of 18-22 knots. In this range, the fuel consumption has been reduced by 16-27% compared to contemporary similar-size ship series presently operated by the industry. Compared to current 10,000 TEU container vessels in operation or presently being built, the improvements due to new design features are substantial. The cargo capacity is increased by 10% while the fuel consumption is reduced by 20%. The new hull design enables the vessels to carry minimum amounts of ballast water while in operation. The vessels are designed to reduce the emissions to air by approximately 20% in order to meet the future ...

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DNV to verify Green Ships for Green Ship Program of Korea Finance Corporation

Cooperation on verification of the green ships Earlier this month, Korea Finance Corporation has announced the green ship finance plan that incentives including a form of lower interest rates on loans will be provided to the ship owners who obtain the vessels designed to reduce emissions. In order to qualify for this financial incentives, the vessels must be built using technologies to reduce air pollutants (e.g. Nox, Sox., etc), CO2, or GHG."KoFC's Green Ship Program will be an encouraging strategy to bring Korean maritime industry closer to taking substantive actions toward reducing environment emissions and help expedite the development of environmentally friendly ships.It is also a golden opportunity for DNV to help Korean maritime industry players taking a step further into this green movement and support them on various green-technology issues," said Paal Johansen, Regional Manager for DNV in Korea & Japan.Korea Finance Corporation is the first financial organization in South Korea to run a ship finance program to boost the environmental friendly movement.KOFC (Korea Finance Corporation) Wholly owned by the Korean government, KoFC maintains and intensifies the role as an advanced policy-based finance institution. Korea Finance Corporation was established as a financial institutions for money brokerage and assist small ...

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Quality assurance pays dividends

Quality assurance in projects can help companies avoid costly problems Are you in full control of your projects? Many large projects have in recent years gone over budget and received negative media coverage in Norway.A few examples are the new Holmenkollen arena and Oslo's transport ticket system Flexus. A heavy strain has been put on many project leaders - could this have been avoided?This was the backdrop to DNV's recent breakfast seminar in Oslo , which attracted a high attendance of representatives from the public and private sector."We think the problems are often caused by insufficient anchoring of needs, unclear goals, inadequate project management and lack of risk management," says Peer Chr. Anderssen, head of DNV's Risk Management and Corporate Responsibility Unit. "This can be put right through a thorough process of quality assurance."Sharing knowledge and best practice "Along with some of our customers, we aim to share our experiences and contribute to making their projects more successful," adds DNV's senior principal consultant Rune Moen. "For DNV, this means that the more our activities can be seen as part of the customer's value-adding chain, the greater the impact of our work for safeguarding societal interests. This way we can help ...

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DNV expands its activities in China

20% of all Chinese ship construction and 50% of offshore units built in China are classified by DNV Explaining what his company, Det Norske Veritas (DNV), does is a routine part of Tore Hoifodt's work. That doesn't mean to say it's easy. The Norway-based multinational's business covers a wide range of sectors and is continuously adding more.As senior vice-president and communications director of DNV's Asia-Pacific and Middle East division, Hoifodt has his hands full. He says risk management summarizes DNV's role and categorizes the company's businesses into traditional and emerging segments.More specifically, the company establishes and applies technical standards for industries, offers technology, management, environmental and competency-related services for customers, and provides certifications and classifications to them - all designed to reduce business risk.Although traditional sectors such as shipping, maritime and oil and gas are the pillars of the business, emerging sectors in emerging markets are expected to be the new engine for the international company, which has been around for 147 years. Emerging industries The company, established in 1864 as a classifier of ships, has more recently tapped into carbon capture and storage, emission trading, clean energy and corporate social responsibility. DNV says it will maintain an interest in ...

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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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