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Norwegian Maritime Authority issues warning about lithium-ion power following ferry fire and explosion

Norwegian Maritime Authority issues warning after fire
Norwegian Maritime Authority issues warning after fire

The Norwegian Maritime Authority has published an alert concerning a small fire that erupted in the battery room onboard the MF Ytterøyningen passenger ferry. The Norwegian Maritime Authority is warning shipowners, operators and other stakeholders and interested parties about the dangers associated with lithium-ion battery systems after a fire and subsequent gas explosion on board a diesel-electric ferry in Norway.

The small fire was reported October 10 in the battery room of the Norled passenger ferry MF Ytterøyningen. The ferry returned to harbour under its own power where passengers and crew were evacuated to land. Overnight, however, a serious gas explosion rocked the battery room causing significant damage.

Specifically, on October 10, a small fire erupted onboard the ferry. Norwegian broadcasting company NRK reported at the time that twelve Continue reading “Norwegian Maritime Authority issues warning about lithium-ion power following ferry fire and explosion”

HPI-CEproof: the merging of two leading global marine compliance companies

HPI-CEproof: HPi Verification Services (HPiVS) and CEproof Group
HPI-CEproof: HPi Verification Services (HPiVS) and CEproof Group

Two leading organisations in the global marine compliance industry, HPi Verification Services (HPiVS) and CEproof Group, have merged to create HPI-CEproof.

It’s been a milestone 12 months for EU Notified Body HPiVS, which completed accreditation with The Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) in 2018 for HPi Verification Services (Ireland) Ltd to ISO 17065 so that it can continue to certify products to the EU Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and the EU Pressure Equipment Directive. This has enabled HPiVS to provide continuity of service, irrespective of Britain’s future status in the EU.

Recreational Craft Directive specialist, CEproof, has enjoyed an equally successful period. Its core UK operation and 10 global offices have continued to develop its Continue reading “HPI-CEproof: the merging of two leading global marine compliance companies”

Ballast Water Management Convention amendments enter into force

The Ballast Water Management Convention amendments formalizing the implementation schedule for the D-2 standard have entered into force on October 13.

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (the BWM Convention) entered into force in 2017. The amendments formalize an implementation schedule to ensure ships manage their ballast water to meet a specified standard (D-2 standard) aimed at ensuring that viable organisms are not released into new sea areas. They also make mandatory the Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems which sets out how ballast water management systems used to achieve the D-2 standard have to be assessed and approved.

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Voyaging through time – “K” Line celebrates 100 years

“K” Line is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year
“K” Line is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. As part of their centennial commemoration, they have published a company history entitled “Voyaging Through Time” and posted it on their company website.
This publication describes how “K” Line has proceeded in its course over the last century and includes a multiple number of photos and illustrations.

“In this April, we released a Corporate Profile Video which introduces our 100-year history and present organization. It is our hope that you will deepen your understanding of our company’s activities through this publication and Continue reading “Voyaging through time – “K” Line celebrates 100 years”

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