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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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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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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 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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Oshima Shipbuilding and DNV introduces ECO-Ship 2020

A concept design for OHBC Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and DNV are pleased to announce the completion of the first milestone of a joint programme to develop the ECO-Ship 2020, a concept design for an open hatch bulk carrier (OHBC) developed to significantly lower fuel costs, meet or exceed regulatory standards and improve commercial performance.The ECO-Ship 2020 is an energy-efficient and cost-effective concept design developed to help owners and operators improve commercial performance while lowering fuel costs.The LNG-fuelled open hatch bulk carrier concept features a number of innovative solutions, including a wide twin skeg hull, Oshimas Seaworthy bow, air lubrication system, lean-burn four stroke medium speed gas engines and a flexible propulsion and power generation system with shaft generator/motor (PTO/PTI).The concept also features a waste-heat recovery system that can feed electric power into the PTI to be used as a supplement to ship propulsion power, representing about 5% fuel savings at normal cruising speeds. The ECO-Ship is outfitted with four large capacity electric jib cranes and hatch covers made of a composite material that weighs about 50% less than traditional steel covers.The vessel has been specifically designed to be fully compliant with future IMO, ECA and Tier III emmission requirements, ...

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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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New trend in safety : balance between safety and environmental risk

Zero tolerance for loss of life is equally as important as zero environmental damage A downward trend in safety statics creates concerns and it is now time to reinstall the balance between safety and environmental risk. A greater focus on the human elements and competence in the shipping industry is needed, said Tor Svensen, the President of DNV.The positive trend in which the accident rate was decreasing has now stopped. In fact, it has been reversed, and navigational errors still play a dominant role. In addition, we are facing a future of more sea transportation, more ships and more technologically advanced ships.Due to the combined efforts of the industry, including owners, charterers, classification societies and port state authorities, the accident rate decreased year by year for more than 20 years. This trend stopped almost a decade ago, and over the past few years an increased rate has been reported.The shipping industry is facing different challenges. There is now a high focus on the environment, and this is leading to major changes. In my mind, it is now time to reinstall the balance between safety and environmental risk. Zero tolerance for loss of life is equally as important as zero environmental ...

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DNVPS introduces a new data analytics tool for best bunker fuel

Fuel Insight provides real-time information on bunker deliveries worldwide Launched at Norshipping 2011, Fuel Insight is a subscription-based web application that taps into DNVPS live bunker quality database the most extensive in the shipping industry.It distils complex data on fuel prices, ISO 8217 fuel specification parameters and regulatory compliance into accurate insights for supplier evaluation and purchase decision-making, helping ship charterers, operators and owners optimise costs and reduce risks.Bunkers make up a large fraction of a vessels operational costs. As fuel prices continue to soar, many shipping companies are now facing considerable pressure on their bottom lines. Moreover, volatile fuel quality trends, supply chain developments and increasingly stricter environmental regulations are also complicating the fuel management function.The launch of Fuel Insight is therefore a very timely one, says DNV Petroleum Services managing director Tore Morten Wetterhus. At todays extremely high bunker prices, getting the best value in fuel purchases is a must, especially for shipping companies struggling to stay afloat. Fuel Insight can help bunker buyers and fleet operators decide on sources that yield optimum value, based on the test results of delivered bunkers captured in our database.Fuel Insight further benchmarks various bunker performance indicators of individual vessels and fleets ...

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DNV is introducing a new Special Level type certificate for wind turbines

Aims to increase competitiveness in the rapidly-developing wind energy market The Special Level Type Certification will provide DNV's clients with an additional approach to help increase competitiveness in the rapidly-developing wind energy market.DNV still strongly recommends the entire IEC 61400-22 Type Certification system is completed as part of a blade development process, as fatigue testing of blades reduces the wind turbine's technical and commercial risks. However, the Special Level Type Certificate can provide a fast and flexible path to the market, with reduced time and expense, with the option to transition to a full IEC Type Certificate at a later time.Introducing more flexibility in the scope of certificates allows for verification levels consistent with the demands of different market, financial, and regulatory requirements. The scope of the Special Level Type Certificate, which will not include blade fatigue testing, will be similar to products offered by other certification bodies. Blade fatigue testing, which is part of IEC 61400-22 will still be required for DNV's other type certification products."This step is in reaction to requests from our clients," says Claus Christensen, Head of Department for DNV's wind certification center in Copenhagen, "We expect that most of our clients will still conduct blade ...

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