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DNV GL commences roll out of electronic certification

Image credit: DNV GL
Image credit: DNV GL

In a significant move and historic first for the ship classification industry, DNV GL has commenced the roll out of IMO compliant electronic class and statutory certificates across its entire fleet. The widespread use of electronic certificates will result in significant efficiency gains for ship owners, charterers, regulators and crew, cutting down administrative burdens, processing time and document handling costs.

For the past few years, DNV GL has been working on pilot projects with several owners and flag administrations, to test and gain acceptance for the use of electronic certificates. This has resulted in more than 45 flag state administrations already having granted DNV Continue reading “DNV GL commences roll out of electronic certification”

Batteries set to replace generator on offshore vessel Viking Princess

Offshore supply vessel Viking Princess
Offshore supply vessel Viking Princess

A hybrid energy system has been installed on board Viking Princess making it the first offshore supply vessel where batteries have reduced the number of generators on board. Viking Princess completed sea trials and the system was handed over to Eidesvik Offshore on October 9, 2017.

She provides supplies to oil rigs in the North Sea and Barents Sea. The five-year old vessel runs on LNG-powered Wärtsilä engines. Depending on the ongoing task and weather conditions, the engine load varies between 90 percent and 20 percent.

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New automated mooring technology now operational for tankers

Cavotec’s EX-certified MoorMaster automated mooring units have supported the first ever transfer of LNG from a ship to a floating LNG platform. MoorMaster is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines. Remote-controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on the quayside or pontoons, moor and release vessels within 30 seconds.

Gas Natural Fenosa and Connect LNG successfully conducted a commercial LNG delivery with a Universal Transfer System in Norway on October 7. The system was fitted with two MoorMaster units – the first EX- and DNV GL-certified automated mooring systems ever built. Continue reading “New automated mooring technology now operational for tankers”

Corvus Energy energy storage system selected for new multipurpose hybrid vessel

Rolls-Royce has chosen a Corvus Energy energy storage system for new a multipurpose hybrid vessel
Rolls-Royce has chosen a Corvus Energy energy storage system for new a multipurpose hybrid vessel

Corvus Energy has announced it has been selected by Rolls-Royce as the supplier of a lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s new multipurpose vessel OV Ryvingen. The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power for all-electric propulsion and for electrical needs while docked.

The OV Ryvingen is the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s second vessel to combine traditional diesel power with battery-driven operation and the fourth vessel in the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s fleet renewal programme, consisting of six to eight ships in Continue reading “Corvus Energy energy storage system selected for new multipurpose hybrid vessel”

Bureau Veritas joins drones project for inspecting steel structures in enclosed spaces

Photo credit: Marine Technical Limits
Photo credit: Marine Technical Limits

Bureau Veritas has joined RECOMMS, a joint investment project, that is aiming to develop drones with the capability to inspect steel structures in enclosed spaces. The joint investment project’s primary objectives are to develop a steady, stable and reliable drone capable of following programmable flight paths, either pre-determined by 3D imagery software or flown by a pilot, using 3D simulator ship specific training programmes developed in unison with the drone design. This will lead to the development of a complete and marketable inspection drone when delivered with the required software package.

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