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    New rules for large container ships


    The International Association of Classifications Societies (IACS) has announced the adoption of new Unified Requirements (UR) intended to improve the safety of large container ships and enhance consistency between class society provisions.

  • Thomas Mellor: "Tanker owners and operators that have not yet planned for the adoption of ECDIS should address this immediately"

    Tankers not ready for ECDIS mandate


    Just 54% of the global tanker fleet comply with the SOLAS regulations on the mandatory carriage of ECDIS, which came into force on 1 July 2015, according to data from the UK Hydrographic Organisation (UKHO).

  • The new mandatory code will focus initially on requirments for ships using LNG as fuel

    IMO set to adopt draft IGF Code


    The draft International Code of Safety for Ships using Gasses or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) is expected to be adopted by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) during its 95th session on 3-12 June.

  • The MEPC adopted the Polar Code and worked towards ratification of the BWM Convention at tis 68th sitting

    Progress on key issues at MEPC 68


    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reported progress on several fronts during the 68th session of its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) from 11 to 15 May 2015.

  • IACS findings following the break-up of MOL 'Comfort' will lead to important new structural regulations

    Class focus on structure and fuel


    Recent developments on container ship safety and emission control by classification societies will have a significant impact on ship design and operation, writes John Barnes.

  • The complete Polar Code is expected to enter into force on 1 January 2017. Photo: Mark Garten

    IMO adopts polar environmental revisions


    Vessels trading in the Polar Regions now have new safety and environmental regulations to comply with following the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee’s (MEPC) adoption of the Polar Code and associated MARPOL amendments.

  • IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu opened MEPC 68 on Monday by urging countries to put aside fears on country-specific approvals for BWMS

    “No excuse for inaction” on BWM Convention


    IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu has argued that lack of clear US type approval for ballast water management systems (BWMS) is no reason to delay ratification of the organisation’s global Ballast Water Management Convention.

  • Associations are hoping to protect early BWMS adopters amid a review of approval guidelines initiated at MEPC 67

    Industry seeks answers on BWMS


    The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting in London this week will address a multi-party submission suggesting ‘grandfathering’ of early type-approved ballast water treatment systems, ensuring that first adopters are not penalised as regulations evolve.

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    IMO launches BWM tools


    The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has launched a new online learning portal with free online tools to help with the implementation of the BWM Convention.

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    Polar Code adoption on busy MEPC agenda


    Adoption of the Polar Code, an implementation timeframe for the Ballast Water Management Conevention and methodology discussions for a review on low-sulphur fuel availability are highlights of a busy IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting this month.

  • DNV GL’s Matthias Ritters, regional manager Germany (left) and Frank Hensel, key account manager at the classification society (right) hand over the ISO certificates to Liberty One’s managing director Dietrich Schulz (second from right) and Capt...

    ISO certificates for German service providers


    DNV GL has certified German maritime services providers Liberty One and Handelshaus Bremen under ISO 9001 and 14001 for their quality and environment management systems.

  • Establihsing brittle crack arrest properties for thicker steel will be particularly important for ship areas under high stress

    ClassNK investigates brittle crack arrest design


    ClassNK is to carry out joint research into preventing brittle fractures, aimed at improving safety standards for ultra-large container ships.

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    Work to 2020 sulphur deadline, ICS urges


    The shipping and bunker refining industries should not rely on a postponement to the IMO’s global 0.5% cap on sulphur in fuel, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has said.

  • DNV GL trialled its VGP verification service onboard Wilh. Wilhelmsen ro-ro vessel 'MV Tarago'

    DNV GL launches VGP verification service


    DNV GL has launched a verification service offering ship operators a review of procedures and documentation for US Vessel General Permits (VGP).

  • The new resource can aid the understanding of the significant operational challenges of operating compliantly in ECAs

    Fathom gives shipowners ECA resource


    UK-based Fathom has launched new comprehensive guidance tools for shipowners and operators to support the industry with Emission Control Areas (ECA) operational and compliance challenges.

  • The laser-hybrid process is  best suited to when long seams and solid joins are required. Pictured: The Fronius-developed LaserHybrid TimeTwin digital system

    Laser-arc hybrid welding guidelines


    Japanese classification society, ClassNK, has released an updated version of its guidance on laser-hybrid welding to build upon the original guidelines developed back in December 2009.

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    Hapag-Lloyd prepares for MRV


    DNV GL and Hapag-Lloyd have initiated a joint project to verify the ship owner’s readiness for upcoming EU emission-monitoring regulations.

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    Bahamas recognises Indian Register of Shipping


    The flag state of Bahamas has recognised the authority of Indian Register of Shipping to carry out statutory surveys, audits and certification of Bahamian ships and ship-operating companies.

  • Smit Angola is a Robert Allen-designed RAmpage 5000 class offshore support tug operated by Boskalis.

    New requirements focus on towing and lifting


    Bureau Veritas has updated its towing and lifting notations to reflect the wide variety of vessel types now employed in the industry; Wendy Laursen elucidates.

  • Sean Bond, director of global gas solutions, ABS

    Class societies look to the LNG market and beyond


    With LNG well on the way to wide adoption, class societies are securing their place and looking ahead to more new fuels, reports Wendy Laursen.