surveys

Vessel operating costs to increase, Moore Stephens says

A recent survey by Moore Stephens revealed that vessel operating costs are expected to increase during this year and also the following, specifically by 2.1% in 2017 and by 2.4% in 2018. The international account and shipping consultant said that  repairs & maintenance and spares are the cost categories which are expected to rise most significantly. 

BV joins drones project for inspection of enclosed spaces

The project’s objectives are to develop a steady, stable and reliable drone capable of following programmable flight paths, either pre-determined by 3D imagery software or flown by a pilot, using 3D simulator ship specific training programmes developed in unison with the drone design.

Research finds seismic surveys increase scallops mortality

Tests conducted by researchers from University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and Curtin University have found that noise from seismic airguns used for marine oil and gas exploration significantly increases mortality in scallops.

KR launches first Survey & Audit preparation guide

Korean Register has launched the industry’s first ‘Survey & Audit Preparation Guide’, in order to help shipowners to check exactly what items need to be prepared for their next vessel survey audit, before submitting an application.

New IACS chairman emphasizes on flexibility and transparency

Speaking in London, new IACS Chairman, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen announced a series of initiatives designed to ensure that IACS provides the support its stakeholders need in a rapidly changing industry. As Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen explained, the industry is becoming more and more complex ahead of digitalization.

BV approves RIMS BV for use of drones during surveys

Bureau Veritas provided the first attestation to RIMS BV, as an approved service supplier allowing the use of Remote Inspection Techniques during surveys of hull structure of ships and mobile offshore units classed with BV.

Reactivation of vessels after period of lay-up

The Shipowners’ Club issued a guidance note, regarding the reactivation of a vessel following a period of lay-up, noting that whether it be an offshore support vessel, or any type of vessel, reactivation following a period of lay-up requires very careful management in fully assessing the risks involved.

Indian Register of Shipping gains recognitions from USCG and EU

After its accreditation for EU MRV services from EU-notified RvA, Indian Register of Shipping has been recommended authorisation as a ‘Recognised Organisation’ to undertake statutory surveys and certification on behalf of US Coast Guard. Another achievement is the authorisation from EU Marine Equipment Directive.

More cyber-attacks expected over the next years, Norton says

Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright released a new report revealing that over the next five years, an increase in cyber-attacks is expected due to digitalisation. More than 80% of the participants in a survey agreed that we will see more cases of hackers in the coming years.

Survey: Seafarers have inadequate connectivity on board

Nautilus International issued a report, presenting findings on its “Connectivity at Sea” survey. The results show that despite 88% of the interviewed seafarers have internet access at sea, those who do often have limited access at high cost.

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