Seaspan's Hybrid LNG Ferry Classed by BV
Bureau Veritas congratulates owners Seaspan as their new emission reducing ferry enters service between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. Seaspan Swift is Seaspan Ferries Corporation’s (SFC) new dual-fuelled / hybrid - diesel, liquefied natural gas and battery powered ferry. The new ferry is the first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service and the first LNG fuelled vessel operating on the west coast of Canada. Additionally, the on-board bunkering of LNG from a truck trailer is a first in North America.
Bureau Veritas, Ascenz Partner on Ship Performance Monitoring
Bureau Veritas and Singapore based Ascenz have signed a memorandum to provide ship performance and monitoring solutions to ship owners worldwide. The agreement will enable Bureau Veritas to offer Shipulse, Ascenz’s solution for real time ship performance and monitoring, which captures shipboard fuel consumption, bunkering activity, engine, hull and propeller performance data to provide insights for better decision making, fuel savings and optimized vessel performance. Bureau Veritas…
BV to Class Largest Gas-fuelled Ro-pax Fleet
International classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) is to class a gas-fuelled major ro-ro passenger ferry newbuilding and oversee the conversion of three existing ro-pax ferries to LNG power for Brittany Ferries. A major risk analysis carried out by Bureau Veritas together with Tecnitas was integral to the decision process for Brittany Ferries to switch part of its fleet to gas fuel. Jean Jacques Juenet, passenger ship manager, Bureau Veritas, said, “We are proud to be deeply involved in this major project…
Bureau Veritas Gains EU Maritime MRV Accreditation
Bureau Veritas has gained accreditation from United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS), in their pilot scheme, to carry out assessments and verifications for compliance with the European Union’s Maritime Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) regulation. The regulation, part of the EU’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, requires operators to monitor and report on CO2 emissions based on ship fuel consumption. It applies to all merchant ships of 5,000 GT or above on journeys that call at an EU port.
BV Classes First LNG-fuel Oil/Chemical Tanker
Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has classed the first LNG-fuelled newbuilding oil/chemical tanker, the 15,000 dwt Ternsund, built under BV class at Avic Dingheng, China and delivered to Denmark’s Terntank Rederi at the end of June 2016. The new vessel is the result of close co-operation between Terntank, Avic and Bureau Veritas. The Ternsund is the first of a series of four ships all equipped with the Wärtsilä RT-flex50-D dual-fuel low-speed engine. This is the first installation of such engine and it was done under BV class.
Six Suezmax Tankers Earn BV Gas-Prepared Notation
International classification society Bureau Veritas is to grant GAS-PREPARED notation to six Suezmax tankers under construction for Dynacom Tankers Management. The 157,000 dwt tankers will measure 274.3 meters in length, with a beam of 48 meters and depth of 23.2 meters. They are being built at New Times Shipbuilding in China, with delivery expected in 2017 and 2018. The GAS-PREPARED notation sets out requirements for ships which are designed and fitted out for dual-fuel or LNG fuel propulsion, but which are not initially intended to use gas as a fuel.
First Class Approved 3D Printed Ship’s Propeller Unveiled
The world’s first Class approved 3D printed ship’s propeller, the WAAMpeller, has been unveiled following rigorous testing verified by Bureau Veritas at Damen Shipyard Group’s headquarters in the Netherlands. The groundbreaking propeller is the result of collaboration between RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk, Bureau Veritas and Damen, who started pooling collective resources and knowledge to develop the world’s first 3D printed ship’s propeller seven months ago. Promarin provided the design of the triple-blade propeller.
New Guidance: Reducing the Risk of Propulsion Loss
Bureau Veritas, TMC Marine and the London P&I Club have issued a new booklet providing operational guidance for preventing blackout and main engine failures. In a joint project, classification society Bureau Veritas and consultancy TMC Marine, a Bureau Veritas Group Company since 2016, have cooperated again with the London P&I Club to produce the second booklet in a series on loss prevention issues. The new publication focuses on the marine engineering issues and procedures related to loss of propulsion incidents and how to prevent them.
Bureau Veritas Launches Elastic Shaft Alignment Notation
Classification society Bureau Veritas has introduced a new set of requirements for shaft alignment on high powered ships. The ESA notation will help ensure the integrity of the structure and shaft bearings on very large vessels such as ultra-large container ships and the next generation of very large LNG carriers. Jean-Francois Segretain, deputy technical director, Bureau Veritas, said, “As ships grow in size and we seek more fuel economies we are now seeing vessels with shafts handling over 20MW of power driving large diameter propellers of over 30 tons weight.
Offshore Ship Conversion Guidance From BV
Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) publishes guidance on Ship Conversion into Surface Offshore Units & Redeployment of Surface Offshore Units. BV Guidance Note NI 593 sets out the requirements for structural assessment when operators are considering converting a ship into an offshore unit or making major modifications to offshore units in service. The guidance note specifies the structural assessment methodology covering the ship itself, its proposed operating area and fatigue.
Innovative Seaspan Ferry Enters Service
Seaspan Ferries Corporation’s (SFC) Seaspan Swift, a new hybrid LNG fueled and battery powered ferry, entered service between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. The innovative vessels is classed by Bureau Veritas, and it is reported to be the first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service and the first LNG fuelled vessel operating on the west coast of Canada. Additionally, the on-board bunkering of LNG from a truck trailer is a first in North America. Designed by VARD Marine, the 148.9m vessel is the first of two to be built at Sedef Shipbuilding, Turkey.
LNG Hybrid Barge Passes Technical Trials
Becker Marine Systems informs that the program of technical trials for its Hummel LNG Hybrid Barge has been completed. The commissioning of the barge for low-emission power supply to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg can thus start in May 2015. “The operation of all five of the Hummel’s generator sets recently took place as part of class acceptance,” stated Dirk Lehmann and Henning Kuhlmann, both Managing Directors of Becker Marine Systems. The trials of the gas motors powered…
BV Launches New Rules for Yachts, Megayachts
Bureau Veritas is launching a fully updated set of classification rules for yachts and megayachts. The Rules cover design approval, material and equipment certification and construction surveillance at the yard for single yacht building or for production in large series following an alternative survey scheme. Motor and sailing yachts of mono or multi hull type, built in steel, aluminium alloys or composite materials are covered. A major addition to the new Rules is a set of standards applicable to very large charter yachts and yachts with over 12 passengers.
BV Approves LNG-powered Ultra-Large Containership
Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has given approval in principle for the basic design of a 14,000 teu containership to be powered by LNG. The design was developed in a joint industry project between Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, liner major CMA-CGM and Bureau Veritas. Says Jean-Francois Segretain, deputy technical director, Bureau Veritas, “The market will determine when these ships can be ordered and built, but this is a real milestone…
Getting Real on LNG Fuel
Plentiful supply, low prices and strict regulations on air pollution are fuelling a swift move towards using LNG as fuel for ship propulsion in the USA and Canada. In Europe strict regulation in port is pushing passenger ship owners to use LNG fuel while berthed. For the last two or three years the view about switching to LNG fuel was that it was a chicken and egg situation. That period is over now. The first gas bunker terminals are ready, the first small scale LNG carriers and bunker vessels are in service and the bigger projects are lining up.
First Ethane-powered Ships Classed by Bureau Veritas
The first ethane-powered ship, JS Ineos Insight, the leading ship in a series of eight 27,500-cubic-meter multi-gas Dragon-class vessels being built at Sinopacific, China, for Denmark’s Evergas, was named on July 14. The new vessels configured for transport of ethane, LPG or LNG, with options for ethane, LNG and conventional diesel power, will be classed by classification society Bureau Veritas. “The ability to burn ethane as well as LNG to power these unique vessels is a major step forward in the use of clean fuels.
MPR, MPS ISO-9001 Certified
Maritime Propeller Repairs BV, together with its sister company Maritime Propulsion Services BV, acquired ISO-9001 certification. During an audit by Bureau Veritas, both companies proved to have their affairs well arranged. On July 2 Marcel Arends, senior lead auditor at Bureau Veritas, came to MPR’s workshop in Drunen. He had been at the main office in Zutphen a month earlier, and now it was time for the MPR-workers to receive their audit. Living up to his motto, ‘severe but sincere,’ he submitted the heart of MPR, its workforce, to a rigorous inspection.
Bureau Veritas Rules Support Hybrid Power and ESS
Bureau Veritas has issued a new chapter in its rules providing a framework for electric and hybrid power solutions. The new class notations include power management (PM), power back-up (PB) and zero emission (ZE) standards. It is expected that the notations will encourage wider uptake of energy storage systems (ESS) to provide both operational and environmental benefits. Martial Claudepierre, Business Development Manager, Bureau Veritas, said, “Industry uptake of hybrid and battery technology has been driven by environmental regulation.