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Bureau Veritas to class unique powerships

French classification society Bureau Veritas is to class three floating dual fuel power generation units.

The self-propelled units are being converted from existing bulk carriers at Sedef Shipyard in Turkey. Each vessel features a MAN Diesel dual-fuel engine and generator suitable for natural gas or heavy fuel and can be plugged into national grids when required.

The first powership has 144 MW generation capacity and the remaining two Read More…

BV classes powerships

Bureau Veritas has been chosen to class a series of unique floating dual fuel power generation units. Converted from existing bulk carriers, the powerships are self propelled portable power stations which can run on heavy fuel or gas and which plug into national grids where required. Designed and financed by Turkish energy company Karadeniz Powership Co, the vessels are being converted at the Turkish Sedef Yard.

Kerim Kiper, head Read More…

Paris MOU performance list puts RINA on pedestal

Genoa-headquartered classification society RINA has been recognised by the Paris memorandum of understanding as best performing recognised organisation in 2009.

The Paris MOU committee approved the 2009 Port State Control inspection results for ships at its 43rd meeting and adopted new performance lists for flag states and recognised organisations, to take effect from July 1.

“Owners who choose RINA class work hard to maintain the highest standards,” said Read More…

Demand for Filipino officers continues to surge

The demand for Filipino officers is rising, causing the continued tightness in the supply-demand balance, reports Japan’s Kaiji Press. In particular, the supply of engineers and senior officers remains low against the current level of demand.

Quoting local manning sources, Kaiji claimed that the supply-demand balance of officers had been easing up from late-2008 to the summer of 2009 and against this backdrop, some companies had also started cutting wage Read More…

Shipowners’ Club returns overall surplus despite rise in incurred claims

Mutual marine liability insurer The Shipowners’ Club has reported a 4.5% increase in tonnage to 16.6m tons gross for the year to the end of February, with over 28,000 vessels entered. Gross premiums were up 4.5% to $174.2m.

The club experienced a 38% increase in the value of claims incurred but said the 2009 policy year was showing better performance than 2008 at the same stage of development.

A review Read More…

Sollid steps up at Ulstein Design & Solutions

Frode Sollid has been appointed design manager for offshore support vessels at Ulstein Design & Solutions.

Mr Sollid has worked at Ulstein Verft since in 1989, initially as a senior designer/coordinator in the electrical engineering department and since 1999 as area manager electro at Ulstein Design & Solutions.

Confidence continues to improve in shipping

Confidence in shipping has risen again over the last quarter, reaching levels not seen since the record 6.8 level seen in May 2008, according to leading shipping and insurance adviser, Moore Stephens.

In its latest survey, the City of London-headquartered firm says the average confidence level, on a scale of 1 to 10, was 6.3, compared to 5.9 in the previous survey in February – itself the highest recorded level Read More…

Wärtsilä technology to be used on Chinese 38,000 tonne heavy-lift vessel

Wärtsilä has signed a contract with China’s Zhejiang Share-ever Business Co to deliver a ship power system for a 38,000 tonnage semi-submersible heavy-lift vessel.

The 38,000 tonne self-propelled semi-submersible vessel, 195m long and comprising a width of 41.5m, will be deployed mainly for the loading and transportation of equipment including platforms and steel structures for the offshore oil and gas industries.

It is expected to be delivered at the Read More…

Moore Stephens urges UK brokers to tighten up client money procedures

UK insurance brokers will have to be able to demonstrate that they have put in place properly embedded procedures to deal with handling client money or else risk losing their regulated status, according to insurance industry accountant and consultant Moore Stephens.

Moore Stephens Insurance Industry Group partner Stuart Markley added: “Senior management must be aware of the control procedures for client money which are in place in their firms, and Read More…

DNV launches ECA ‘survival kit’

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has launched a new ‘survival kit’ in response to the International Marine Organization’s regulations for Emission Control Areas (ECAs). From 2015, the fuel sulphur content of ships operating in ECAs cannot exceed 0.1% or exhaust gas must be purified to an equivalent level through the use of scrubbers. In addition, from 2016 NOx emissions from newbuilds must be reduced by approximately 75%.

The survival kit is Read More…

ASF joins internet fight against piracy

The Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) has joined forces with a coalition of organisations ranging from trade unions to shipowners’ associations and insurers, to back a global e-petition,, demanding concrete actions to end maritime piracy that is placing seafarers’ lives at risk and threatening the international shipping and the world trade.

Johnson W. Sutjipto, ASF Chairman said: “The ASF supports this coalition. This is an important step that Read More…

Hinchcliffe steps up at International Chamber of Shipping

 Peter Hinchliffe is stepping up to the role of secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Shipping Federation following the departure of Tony Mason. Mr Mason, who has held the position for four years, in leaving to pursue other interests. ICS president Spyros Polemis said Mr Hichcliffe’s many years of experience with the ICS which would ensure that the essential task of representing industry views could be developed Read More…