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Major survey regime change and shake-up announced as AMSA takes control of domestic commercial vessels in Australia

AMSA, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and regulator, has announced that from 1 July 2018 all domestic commercial vessels that are required to have a certificate of survey will need to be surveyed in accordance with the frequency and requirements in the new marine order 503, and Part 2 of the Marine Surveyor Manual. This includes ‘grandfathered’ vessels, which to date have been surveyed in accordance with the National Standards for the Administration of Marine Safety (NSAMS) 4, the USL Code, or other survey processes.

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DNV GL issues first type approval for aluminium cables onboard ships

DNV GL’s new type approvals for aluminum cables and connectors allow expensive copper to be replaced with aluminum.
DNV GL’s new type approvals for aluminum cables and connectors allow expensive copper to be replaced with aluminum.

As the competitive and economic pressure on the shipping and offshore industries continues to grow, owners, operators and yards are searching for every efficiency. To support its customers, DNV GL has developed the first type approval scheme for the use of aluminium cables and connectors onboard vessels.

“This type approval represents another first for the DNV GL rule set and demonstrates our commitment to moving classification forward to help our customers,” says Geir Dugstad, Senior Vice President, Director of Ship Classification & Technical Director at DNV GL – Maritime. “Electrification is playing an increasingly important role in ship propulsion and this new type approval can help to reduce costs and improve sustainability.”

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Chairman of IACS satisfied with association’s achievements, emphasises the importance of being agile

Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said that over the past year great progress had been made in modernising classification to deal with the digital transformation of shipping
Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said that over the past year great progress had been made in modernising classification to deal with the digital transformation of shipping

Speaking at the Posidonia trade fair in Athens, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, who will hand over the reins of IACS in July, examined how the association had evolved during his time as Chairman.

In an industry undergoing rapid change, the IACS Chairman identified the need for classification societies and IACS itself to be adaptable and prepared for change, while staying true to the core purpose of classification.

Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said that over the past year great progress had been made in modernising classification to deal with the digital transformation of shipping: “I’m pleased to see the progress that was made in modernising the concept of class, to adapt to the digital transformation we see in shipping today. I say transformation because the progress has truly been astonishing. IACS has embraced the challenges and changes ahead, to support the industry – contributing to the development of a safer and more secure Continue reading “Chairman of IACS satisfied with association’s achievements, emphasises the importance of being agile”

The appointment of a suitably experienced surveyor is vital to avoid steel cargo damage says North P&I

North of England P&I Club has elected to publish a briefing document providing best advice leading to the minimisation of the risk of cargo damage
North of England P&I Club has elected to publish a briefing document providing best advice leading to the minimisation of the risk of cargo damage

Several problems can arise when transporting steel cargoes by sea reports North P&I. The more common issues can be broadly categorised as mechanical damage, or rust-related problems> indeed, in many cases the damage occurs before it is even loaded onto the carrying vessel. North of England P&I Club has elected to publish a briefing document providing best advice leading to the minimisation of the risk of cargo damage.

Common issues that can result in damage to the cargo include poor handling, substandard stowage and securing, water ingress into the hold and improper hold ventilation.

Key issues
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One of the largest superyachts in the world is launched by Feadship

Once completed, Project 1007 will rank among the world’s largest superyachts
Once completed, Project 1007 will rank among the world’s largest superyachts

Feadship’s Project 1007 has been launched at the yard’s Makkum facility – at 110 metres (360 foot), it is the Dutch company’s largest ever superyacht. In addition, once delivered she will join Jubilee as the joint-largest yacht ever to be built in the Netherlands.

Interior styling is from Michael Leach Design in partnership with the owner’s personal New York decorator Brian McCarthy Inc., while De Voogt is responsible for the in-house naval architecture.

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