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RINA criticises recent bulker losses

Classification society RINA has criticised recent losses of dry-bulk cargo carriers, arguing that the ships were not designed and built to carry fine ores that may take on moisture. The dry bulk freight market is not expected to register a stellar performance this year. Freight rates are expected to remain depressed through to 2012, unless the recent surge in scrapping is maintained.

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RINA establishes desigh standards for dry bulk cargo carriers

To enable them to carry fine ores safely at any moisture content Classification society RINA has established rigorous design standards for the modification or newbuilding of dry bulk cargo carriers to enable them to carry fine ores safely at any moisture content.A number of recent bulker losses have been attributed to the liquefaction of wet nickel ore cargoes. Using RINAs standards ships would be safe even if the cargo liquefied and the vessels would no longer have to rely on unreliable moisture tests at the load port to determine if the cargo is safe to load or not.Paolo Salza, Head of Technical Department, RINA, says, The mandatory application of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code enhances the safety of bulk carriers through the setting of constructional and operative requirements. But they dont set out details of how to carry nickel ore and other unprocessed ores, which may liquefy during transportation, safely. Essentially, the rules say vessels may load these ores if the Transportable Moisture Limit is not exceeded. That is fine, but establishing that is difficult and the TML is easily affected by recent rain or other factors. It is much safer to design or convert the ship ...

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RINA granted US Coast Guard US flag approval

RINA has received delegation for Load Line, SOLAS, MARPOL, ISM, and Tonnage survey Classification society RINA has been authorised by the U.S. Coast Guard to conduct plan review and approval and initial and subsequent surveys for U.S.-flagged cargo and passenger vessels.Under the agreement signed , RINA has received delegation for Load Line, SOLAS, MARPOL, ISM, and Tonnage survey and certification services.The MOA delegating authority and establishing guidelines for co-operation between the USCG and RINA was signed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, by Rear Admiral Paul F. Zukunft (Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship) USCG and Ugo Salerno, CEO, RINA.Ugo Salerno, CEO, RINA, says, We appreciate the trust the USCG is putting in RINA, and we salute the good relations and mutual respect we have developed over twenty years. We have focused relentlessly on quality and that has paid off as we have topped the quality table for classification societies as measured by Port State Control performance.Rear Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, USCG, says, The signing of this agreement is indicative of the trust and value the U.S. Coast Guard places in our partnerships that promote the safe and secure movement of shipping, people, and cargo across the vast ...

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USCG approval for RINA

Establishes guidelines for co-operation Italian classification society RINA says that it has been authorised by the US Coast Guard to conduct plan review and approval and initial and subsequent surveys for US-flagged cargo and passenger vessels.The agreement delegates authority, and establishes guidelines for co-operation between the USCG and RINA, for Load Line, SOLAS, MARPOL, ISM, and tonnage survey and certification services. RINA says it was the first international classification society to sign a co-operation agreement with the USCG for foreign-flag passenger ships using US ports, and since then has worked hard with the Coast Guard to ensure that US passengers sail on safe ships. This latest agreement, according to RINA, recognises the success of that agreement and makes RINA's services available to the wider US shipping industry.Ugo Salerno, CEO, RINA, says, "We appreciate the trust the USCG is putting in RINA, and we salute the good relations and mutual respect we have developed over twenty years. We have focused relentlessly on quality and that has paid off as we have topped the quality table for classification societies as measured by Port State Control performance."Rear Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, USCG, says, "The signing of this agreement is indicative of the trust ...

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RINA is authorized by USCG to conduct surveys for US flagged cargo and passenger vessels

RINA has received delegation for Load Line, SOLAS, MARPOL, ISM, and Tont surveys for US flagged nage Genoa-based classification society RINA has been authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard to conduct plan review and approval and initial and subsequent surveys for U.S.-flagged cargo and passenger vessels. Under the agreement signed yesterday, RINA has received delegation for Load Line, SOLAS, MARPOL, ISM, and Tonnage survey and certification services.The MOA delegating authority and establishing guidelines for co-operation between the USCG and RINA was signed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington yesterday, by Rear Admiral Paul F. Zukunft (Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship) USCG and Ugo Salerno, CEO, RINA.RINA was the first international classification society to sign a co-operation agreement with the USCG for foreign-flag passenger ships using US ports, and since then has worked hard with the Coast Guard to ensure that US passengers sail on safe ships. Today this new agreement recognizes the success of that agreement and makes RINAs services available to the wider US shipping industry.Source: RINA

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RINA issues rules for gas-powered ships

Classification society says natural gas could give 20% cut in CO2 emissions at 'competitive prices' Italian-based RINA is the latest classification society to publish rules for gas powered ships.The new RINA new notation Gas Fuelled Ships establishes requirements for the use of liquefied or compressed natural gas (LNG or CNG) on board ship as an alternative to traditional fuels.It is, RINA says, designed to give the industry a regulatory tool to ensure that the arrangement and installation on board of machinery using this type of fuel are such as to provide a level of integrity, from the point of view of safety and reliability, equivalent to that of a conventional installation.RINA says that the use of natural gas as a fuel provides the advantages of a total reduction in sulphur oxide emissions, a considerable reduction in nitric oxide emissions, a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and competitive prices at current costs and estimates for the near future.The new notation was approved last week at the annual meeting of RINA's Technical Committee, which provides technical oversight of RINA's rules for ship classification, in the RINA offices in Rome. The meeting coincides with celebrations ofthe 150th anniversary of the founding of ...

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