More Regulation – Page 18

  • Ice class vessels are operating in dangerous and environmentally-sensitive areas so comprehensive rules are essential (Germanischer Lloyd)
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    Ice research aims to cut uncertainty in design and operation

    2012-04-01T00:01:00Z

    Wendy Laursen explains that ice design is a case of brute force, but not ignorance, as classification societies turn research into safety for ships operating in the Arctic.

  • A small, remote-controlled, four-rotor helicopter is able to carry out overall surveys within cargo holds
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    Remote controlled helicopter to inspect cargo holds

    2012-04-01T00:00:00Z

    Italian classification society RINA is currently nearing completion of a three-year, EU co-funded R&D project on marine inspection robotic assistant systems (MINOAS). The project includes the development of a small, remote-controlled, four-rotor helicopter which is able to carry out overall surveys within the cargo holds of ships by taking photographs ...

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    BV focuses on container ship springing

    2012-04-01T00:00:00Z

    Bureau Veritas has introduced a new family of additional class notations, WhiSp, that give special attention to whipping and springing of container ships. Since the vessel’s natural frequency decreases with size and the wave encounter frequency increases with speed, large and fast container ships run the risk of encountering resonant ...

  • Jesper Aagesen of LR: “LNG is certainly one of the fuels of the future but it is not yet THE fuel of the future”
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    Outlook positive for LNG even when the charterer pays

    2012-04-01T00:00:00Z

    Wendy Laursen says that LNG’s CO2 performance may be debatable, but it will improve EEDI values and take shipowners beyond compliance.

  • Graphic of MAN’s second-generation EGR system (shown in orange) integrated with its host engine
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    Emission deadlines concentrate minds

    2012-04-01T00:00:00Z

    While facing increasingly competitive and often volatile market conditions, ship operators have the added challenge of finding cost-effective solutions to all-pervasive environmental controls; David Tinsley looks at some of the options.

  • Invasive species like the Zebra Mussel do an enormous amount of damage
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    When industry and science align

    2012-03-31T15:36:00Z

    It’s a good guess that the Ballast Water Management Convention will come into force in the next year or so. But the question is, has the industry made room for it - in both a physical as well as market sense?

  • Hydrodynamics and efficiency become increasingly important within the new EEDI framework
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    Efficiency is the name of the game

    2012-03-31T15:35:00Z

    There’s something for everyone in this latest round of legislation, as the energy efficiency design index (EEDI) is the first tightening of control that will directly affect owners. The EEDI will force all ships over 400 tonnes built after 2013 to improve their efficiency by 10%, rising to 20% between ...

  • Figure 1: Typical layout of the decks and main fire bulkheads for a representative cruise vessel with 7 MVZs and 15 decks.The fire zones deviating from the maximum size allowed by SOLAS are highlighted
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    Taking a systematic approach to screening fire risks

    2012-02-29T23:45:00Z

    UK-based company Safety at Sea Ltd describes its new fire risk screening methodology, designed to meet the requirements of large ships, and larger cruise vessels in particular.

  • Mark Brownrigg: An EU ETS will require “fiendishly complex regulation”
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    Distrust and disbelief over carbon

    2012-02-29T15:34:00Z

    Part of the problem seems to be there is some distrust between governmental bodies and the shipping industry. It’s flared up again with a UK Energy and Climate Change Committee report accusing shipping of “delaying tactics” with regard to its calls for a global IMO emissions scheme, and winding up ...

  • The move to 0.5% low sulphur fuel in 2020 or 25 requires a step change to distillates
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    A market economy

    2012-02-29T15:33:00Z

    To be clear, even the move to 0.5% low sulphur fuel in 2020 or 25 requires a step change, as it means a switch over to distillates, rather than just cleaner fuel oil says John Aitken of SEAaT.

  • David Balston: doubts the study used “to support draconian and ill considered regulation”
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    Cutting off the leg you stand on

    2012-02-29T15:32:00Z

    “There are many who feel a growing unease about the fact that the EU’s new draft Sulphur Directive is going a lot further than the IMO’s Marpol Annex VI ruling”, says David Balston of the UK Chamber of Shipping.

  • Somewhat different considerations applied in the 189os, but present-day designers, particularly of passenger ships, need to be aware of their potential liabilities
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    Designers must limit potential exposure to liability

    2012-01-30T23:45:00Z

    Robert Sniffen, International Transport Intermediaries Club, considers the risks and responsibilities faced with ship designers and naval architects.

  • The growing size of container ships may pose problems for marine insurers (Maersk Line)
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    Bigger boxships herald bigger problems for insurers and salvors

    2012-01-29T23:45:00Z

    Denzil Stuart looks at the impact of the growing size of container vessels on the marine insurance community.

  • Groundings continue to present a significant risk for marine insurers (IUMI)
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    Whither 2012 and beyond? as uncertainty builds up

    2012-01-29T23:45:00Z

    A mood of anxiety may well characterise the movement in the coming year as clubs face up to some very testing challenges. Denzil Stuart reports.

  • Access to ventilation holes in cargo holds is often difficult – in this case, the ventilator opening is behind the pipes under the deck (Gard)
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    The silent and invisible onboard killers

    2012-01-29T23:45:00Z

    Two P&I clubs have recently emphasised to owners and managers the hazards of fumigated cargoes and entering enclosed spaces, responsible for fatalities among seafarers, writes Denzil Stuart.

  • There are more available deterrents than live ammunition, such as pressurised air launchers which can give a 'scaled' reaction
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    The right to bear arms?

    2011-12-20T15:26:00Z

    The fight against piracy has been heating up, with increasing numbers of arms and live ammunition deployed on commercial vessels – but there are still very divided opinions on the matter.

  • Schat-Harding is promising to help owners with IMO lifeboat hook compliance
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    Navigating the safety rulebook

    2011-12-20T15:26:00Z

    Further than just making the process of keeping crews safe with well maintained equipment easier, companies like Schat-Harding are promising to help owners navigate the turbulent waters of legislation and IMO rules.

  • MS Nordlys lists heavily at the quayside at Ålesund
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    Innovation answers the call

    2011-12-20T15:26:00Z

    There’s a couple of companies that keep coming up time and again in connection with good, innovative safety devices that not only save lives, but money.

  • A small boat is dwarfed by the side of the ship attending its rescue
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    Going to the rescue

    2011-12-20T15:25:00Z

    Dag Pike was aboard an 80ft catamaran in the wide open Atlantic when it started to crack. Here he explains how a container ship’s answer to the distress call underscores a very modern problem.

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    Class rises to new challenges of shipboard noise

    2011-09-30T23:00:00Z

    Rising standards and expectations relating to crew habitability, occupational safety and passenger comfort have prompted closer attention to shipboard noise levels, as have considerations of the component damage that can result from excessive vibration, writes David Tinsley.