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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Classification Services News

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ABS, MOL in Landmark Gas Carrier Pact

ABS and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on up to 14 new gas carriers.The agreement covers seven new-build Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLEC) and up to seven new-build Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGC) designed to carry gas from the U.S. to China and other global markets.ABS will provide plan review, survey, inspection and other classification services for vessels, machinery and equipment as well as assist with managing the requirements for foreign flag carriers calling at U.S.

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen’s commitment to quality, modernisation and transparency widely reflected in IACS work and future vision. Photo: DNV GL

IACS Chairman Unveils Future Vision

Quality, modernisation and transparency have been the three fundamental themes of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) during DNV GL’s Chairmanship, and this approach is widely reflected in IACS’ 2017 Annual Review which was presented in London today by IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen. Looking back at IACS’ development and successes over the past year, Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said that during these dynamic times, both IACS and its twelve Member societies need to act as a guide for the shipping industry, identifying the path for others to follow.

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ABS Partnership Enhances Safety in Ghana’s Offshore Industry

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, formed a joint venture with Notabene Classification Limited to offer regulatory and technical support services, including key classification services to the upstream oil and gas market in Ghana. “This joint venture is an important milestone and demonstrates our strong commitment to advancing safety in all parts of the globe,” said ABS Executive Vice President, Global Offshore, Kenneth Richardson.

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ClassNK and Green Award Strengthen Ties

ClassNK and Green Award announced that they would further broaden their cooperation to ensure safety and minimize negative effects of the shipping industry. ClassNK became a Green Award incentive provider. ClassNK, a ship classification society, known for its highest quality classification services, covers about 20 percent of the world merchant fleet. The society is committed to safety and the prevention of pollution of the marine environment. As such a representative of ClassNK has been a member of the Board of Experts of Green Award Foundation for a number of years.

Lee Jeong-kie (Photo: KR)

Korean Register Names New Chairman & CEO

Classification society the Korean Register (KR) has elected Lee Jeong-kie as its new Chairman and CEO. Lee assumes the role of Chairman and CEO, following the death of B. S. Park, who passed away after a short illness in October 2016. Lee has worked for KR for 29 years, most recently as executive vice president of KR’s survey division. He was elected at the extraordinary meeting of KR’s general assembly which oversees the running of KR and comprises 86 voting members. This is the second time in KR’s 56-year history that an internal candidate has been appointed as Chairman and CEO.

Suresh Sinha

IRClass Sets up Regional Office in Hong Kong

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has set up a new regional office in Hong Kong to serve the dynamic East Asia region. The move to establish a new regional office in Hong Kong represents another significant step for IRClass in its efforts to become a global classification society. This office is located in Hong Kong’s central business district and its areas of responsibility include the southern provinces of The People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Pacific Island Nations and the US Territory of Guam & Saipan.

ABS Expands in India

Classification services provider to the global marine and offshore industries ABS has expanded its captive delivery center in Pune, India with a move to the new Tech Park One location in order to accommodate the addition of professional software developers who will expedite product development. According to Anindya Talukdar, ABS Managing Director in Pune, ABS has built a knowledge base and leadership in Pune, where software engineers not only code and support earlier versions of the software, but are developing web and mobile versions of NS Enterprise using newer tools and technologies.

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ABS Partners with Leading Greek Shipowners to Address EU MRV Regulations

ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, has completed a project with a group of leading Greek shipowners to support preparations for implementing the European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation for CO2 emissions. The result of this initiative is a clear interpretation of the regulation that allows companies to understand how they will be affected and what steps have to be taken to achieve and demonstrate compliance.

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ABS launches NS Vessel Performance

ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, today unveiled ABS Nautical Systems Vessel Performance – a comprehensive software solution developed in response to continued demand for tools that improve vessel efficiency, reduce costs and facilitate emissions reporting and compliance. The NS Vessel Performance tool is designed to improve efficiency and control costs through the application of a ship-specific performance model and tracking of key performance indicators (KPIs)…

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS Reflects on Strong 2015 Performance

ABS held its Annual Meeting on April 26, 2016 in New York, where Chairman, President & CEO Christopher J. In 2015, the ABS-classed fleet surpassed 230 million gross tons (mgt), a nearly five percent growth from the previous year. The largest areas of expansion for the class society came from the tanker, gas carrier, containership, bulk carrier, offshore support vessel and offshore production unit sectors. In total, more than 841 new assets entered the ABS-classed fleet, bringing its total to 12,614 assets.

IR Class participated in the Maritime Exhibition during International Fleet Review 2016 of the Indian Navy Photo IRClass

IRClass, Indian Navy Deepen Relationship

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) strengthened its growing relationship with the defence sector by actively participating in the Maritime Exhibition (MAREX) during the high profile International Fleet Review 2016, organised by the Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam. MAREX focussed on the ‘Make in India’ initiative by showcasing indigenous maritime capabilities. The IRClass stall, which was located adjacent to the stalls of Defence Public Sector Shipyards, was visited by the Prime Minister of India…

Dr. Kirsi Tikka is promoted to the new role of Executive Vice President – Global Marine at ABS.

Tikka to Lead ABS Global Marine Activities

ABS reports that it has centralized its global Marine strategic planning, client development, and product and service offerings to deliver enhanced classification services and joint technical projects. Effective Feb. 15, 2016, Dr. Kirsi Tikka is promoted to the new role of Executive Vice President – Global Marine. She will continue to be based in London. “An industry-recognized and respected expert, Kirsi brings tremendous experience and insight to deliver improved coordination, consistency and responsiveness to our members and clients,” sadi ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J.

Kirsi Tikka (Photo: ABS)

ABS' Tikka Elected Foreign Member of NAE

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, announced the election of ABS Europe and Africa Division President Dr. Kirsi Tikka as a Foreign Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The invitation to become a Foreign Member of the NAE is a result of Tikka’s contributions leading to internationally recognized standards for ship structural design, construction and maritime safety. “Industry needs professional organizations like NAE to provide leadership for the engineering profession and to promote technological advancement…

Lloyd's Register to Resume Iran Business

Lloyd's Register (LR) is working on resuming services to verify safety and environmental standards for Iranian shipping companies, the ship classification society said on Monday. Without verification from such bodies, ships are unable to call at international ports or secure insurance. "We are now making arrangements to re-establish provision of classification services to existing tonnage and re-opening our Tehran office," LR said in a statement, without providing further details.

Sourena is a FSU for Iranian crude export located in the Persian Gulf, south of Iran. Photo by National Iranian Oil Company

Another Hurdle for Iran Oil Tankers Comeback

Iran's oil tanker fleet is expected to face more hurdles before many of the vessels can start trading again due to insurance hiccups and tougher requirements over sea worthiness by potential foreign clients, despite easing of sanctions, reports Reuters. The top tanker firm NITC  was readying its return to international markets and was in talks with Western insurers while also looking to expand its fleet, says Iranian media. It's unable to secure foreign insurance or international classification services as it remains blacklisted by the United States and European Union since 2012.

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DNV GL Wins Ichthys LNG Mega Project Contract

DNV GL has secured a contract to provide in-service verification and classification services to a range of facilities at the Ichthys LNG project in Australia. The contract marks INPEX’s commitment to continue working with DNV GL as it prepares to transition from the project execution phase to the operational phase of the mega project. DNV GL has provided vendor inspection, verification and offshore classification support to the USD 34 billion venture since 2012. This latest contract will see DNV GL continue its expert support to the project as it transitions into operation in 2017.

LNG containment concept. Image by: Brevik Technology

Brevik Gets Okay for Gas Containment System

ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to a new gas containment system concept designed in Norway by Brevik Technology, a Vard subsidiary. The containment system uses a series of independent, cylindrical IMO Type-B tanks and for the AIP was designed for application in a gas carrier of 30,000 cbm. ABS assessed the concept against the requirements of the International Gas Code, ABS Rules and the ABS Guide for Liquefied Gas Carriers with Independent Tanks. Since the tank design is a novel concept, a HAZID study was also performed.

KENNETH RICHARDSON, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF ENERGY PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

ABS Executive Chairs Forum at Sea Asia

ABS Executive Vice President of Corporate Energy Development Ken Richardson says managing Big Data is critical to the future of offshore. (Singapore) ABS, the leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, is participating in the Sea Asia conference 21-23 April 2015 in Singapore, where ABS Executive Vice President of Corporate Energy Development Ken Richardson is moderating the offshore marine forum. While there are many challenges being faced by the offshore sector…

ClassNK (Chairman and President Noboru Ueda

ClassNK Tops 230 mi GT

Leading classification society ClassNK announced that its register topped 230 million gross tons for the first time at the end November 2014. The announcement was made following a meeting of the Society’s Classification Committee, which certified that the NK Register listed 8,826 vessels totaling 231.34 million gross tons at the end of November 2014. As ClassNK finished 2013 with some 220.9 million gross tons on its register, the achievement means that ClassNK has added a net total of more than 10 million gross tons to its register in the first 11 months of the year…

New Collision Guidance for the Offshore Industry

Mitigating the risk of collision at sea requires an understanding of the causes. The new industry guidance issued by Lloyd’s Register aims to help make offshore operations safer for marine and energy operators. Lloyd Register’s new Guidance Notes for Collision Analysis assist owners, operators and designers of offshore units with identifying potential collision scenarios, assessing the relative risks and conducting numerical analysis, establishing representative collision loads and measuring the impact of these loads on the structural integrity of offshore units.

(L to R) M. Koichi Murata (ClassNK), Mr S Boonan, Ambassador of Republic of Korea to the State of Kuwait Sheik Talal  Al-Sabah, CEO of KOTC Mr SF Gilani (ClassNK)

ClassNK Registered Al Kout Delivered to KOTC

Leading classification society ClassNK announced that it has completed work on the 165,178GT VLCC Al Kout, built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) as part of a series of vessels constructed for the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company S.A.K. (KOTC). The Al Kout was officially delivered to KOTC at a ceremony held at KOTC Head Office in Kuwait on 30 October 2014. The Al Kout is the final vessel of the four VLCCs and one Aframax Tanker constructed by DSME as part…

Delivery ceremony

ClassNK Completes Work on KOTC Vessel

ClassNK announced that it has completed work on the 31,445GT Product Tanker MUTRIBA, built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. (HMD) as part of a series of vessels being constructed for the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company S.A.K. (KOTC). The MUTRIBA was officially delivered to KOTC at a ceremony held in Kuwait on 20 October 2014. The MUTRIBA is the fourth and final Product Tanker to be constructed by HMD as part of this series under ClassNK Rules and Regulations and in line with KOTC’s strict standards on safety and environmental performance.

Marco Schneider, Project Manager, CFD, HSVA; Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President, ClassNK; Yasushi Nakamura, Executive Vice President, ClassNK; Capt. Herman Visser, Oldendorff Carriers

ClassNK Expands Joint Research in Europe

Classification society ClassNK announced that it will join a new European Joint R&D project to ensure bulk carrier safety. The project, called LiquefAction, aims to better understand the physical properties of cargo liquefaction in order to prevent bulk carrier casualties and is being carried out by a consortium of Europe’s top research institutions, including Germany’s Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt (HSVA) and Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), as well as France’s  Ecole Central de Nantes (ECN) and the Institute of Science and Technology for Transport…

ABS to Class the First Very Large Ethane Carrier

ABS, a provider of classification services to the maritime and offshore industries, has been chosen to class the world's first contracted series of very large ethane carriers (VLECs). The class contract for the ships, which will be built in Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for an Asian shipowner, represents another gas ship milestone for ABS. "We are delighted to have received the class contract for the world's first large ethane carriers," says ABS Vice President of Global Gas Solutions Patrick Janssens.

Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Chief Executive Officer of KOTC (left), with Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK

ClassNK Head Attends KOTC Delivery Ceremony

Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK attended the delivery ceremony for the M/T Al Yarmouk, constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) and delivered to Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. S.A.K. (KOTC) in Geoje, Korea on August 25, 2014. The 317,300DWT very large crude carrier (VLCC), named the M/T Al Yarmouk following its delivery to KOTC, was built as Hull No. 5391 at DSME under ClassNK Rules and Regulations and in line with KOTC’s strict standards on safety and environmental performance.

ABS Opens Office in Beijing

ABS, a global provider of classification services to the marine and offshore industries, announces the opening of a new office in Beijing. This move shows ABS' determination in expanding best-in-class service for the Chinese market. This new office will allow further collaboration with government, industry, academic institutions and research organizations and is part of ABS' continued commitment to serving the growing marine and offshore industries in China. "Since we opened our first China office in Shanghai in 1993…