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ABS Bags Fleetwide Contract with Canadian Coast Guard

(File photo: Canadian Coast Guard)

The Canadian Coast Guard has awarded a contract to ABS to provide classification and certification services for an existing fleet of 114 vessels and future vessel acquisitions.“Last year, ABS was selected as the exclusive classification organization for all non-combatant vessels in service with the Royal Canadian Navy and now,

U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Collision

Coast Guard marine inspectors and investigators are investigating the cause of the collision and assessing the damage to the Tofteviken’s hull, and to ensure appropriate repairs are completed. Photo Credit: USCG Sector NY

The Coast Guard Sector New York is responding to a report of a collision at sea May 12, 2018, involving the loaded tankship Tofteviken and the commercial fishing vessel Polaris.   Coast Guard marine inspectors and investigators are investigating the cause of the collision and assessing the damage to the Tofteviken’s hull,

ABS to Class Kyklades VLCCs

ABS said it has been selected to class two additional very large crude carriers (VLCC) being built for Greek shipping company Kyklades Maritime Corporation. The contract brings the number of Kyklades VLCC orders classed by ABS to four, with two already under construction.The 319,000-dwt vessels, each 330 meters long,

Maritime Cybersecurity: A New Approach is Needed

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It is time to move toward a quantitative approach that provides deeper understanding of individual risk elements observed in marine operating systems.Increasing connectivity in complex maritime operating systems is escalating the potential impact of cyber-related incidents and complicating the task of defending against them.

DNV GL to Class Royal Caribbean’s New ICON Ships

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Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku and DNV GL have signed a contract for the classification of Royal Caribbean International’s two new ICON Class cruise ships scheduled for delivery in 2022 and 2024.The final concept for the first vessel is currently being discussed, and the concept design phase is expected to start this spring.

In US Gulf, Robots, Drones Take on Dangerous Offshore Oil Work

File Image: A photo taken during an offshore DNV GL Drone-enabled survey (CREDIT: DNV GL)

At BP's massive Thunder Horse oil platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a dog-sized robot called Maggie uses magnetic tracks to creep along pipes connecting the giant oil facility to the sea floor. Before MaggHD, dubbed "Maggie" by BP, the dangerous inspection job was reserved for highly paid specialist technicians

CMHI, DNV GL Ink LoI for Two Jack-ups

The signing at OTC 2018. Front (L to R): Rulin Yao, General Manager of China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu); Ernst Meyer, Director of Offshore Classification, DNV GL – Maritime. Back (L to R): Lixin Xu, General Manager, R&D Center at China Merchants Offshore Technology Research Center; Sichuan Wu, China Merchants Industry Holding, Co Ltd.; Cor Selen, CEO co-owner/ founder of OOS Energy; Timothy Tan, General Manager (Asia Pacific) of OOS International. (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL announced it has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with shipyard China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd (CMHI) for the classification of two multi-activity jack-up units at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.Ordered by OOS Energy B.V., which is affiliated with Netherlands-based

DNV GL Hires Bendrik as Chief Digital Transformation Officer

Klas Bendrik (Photo: DNV GL)

Klas Bendrik will join DNV GL September 1 as Chief Digital Transformation Officer to support DNV GL’s digitalization and IT strategy. Bendrik will be based at the DNV GL headquarters in Høvik, Norway and will be a member of DNV GL Group’s Executive Committee and report to Group President and CEO Remi Eriksen.

ABS Issues First MPD-rReady Notation

ABS MPD-Ready notation demonstrates drilling units have the necessary provisions in place to integrate equipment needed for MPD operations Photo ABS

ABS announced it has awarded the world’s first Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) – Ready Notation to Ocean Rig for the ABS-classed Corcovado and Mykonos deep water drillships.The ABS MPD-Ready notation demonstrates drilling units have the necessary provisions in place to integrate equipment needed for MPD operations.

LR to Class India’s First FSRU

Logo: Lloyd's Register

Lloyd’s Register (LR) said it signed a contract to class the first ever floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) to be ordered for Indian waters.Due for delivery in December 2019, the new 180,000m³ FSRU will be built to LR’s Rules for the Classification of Offshore Units by South Korean shipbuilder

MISC awards BV contract for Veristar AIM3D

Matthieu de Tugny, COO, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore. Photo BV

Bureau Veritas (BV) has been awarded a contract by MISC Berhad (MISC) to deploy and support the VeristarAIM3D ‘software as a solution’ system to provide asset integrity services on selected MISC FPS systems:the Floating Storage & Offloading (FSO) vessel -FSO Benchama 2and the Floating Production, Storage

Virgin Islands Shipping Registry Launches Online Portal

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The Virgin Islands Shipping Registry has launched an online portal to receive applications for seafarer documents.   Acting Director of Shipping Registry and Receiver of Wrecks, Captain Raman Bala said all vessel owners, operators, crewing agents, and seafarers are invited to use the system to apply

New Legislation in Danish Registers of Shipping

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 A legislative amendment abolishing the registration fee for vessels in the Danish Registers of Shipping has been adopted by the Danish Parliament.   ​The amendment increases the attractiveness of the Danish Flag as it now offers the same benefits as foreign Flags.   With the amendment comes increased

First COI Issued Under Subchapter M

Pictured left to right: USCG Chief Warrant Officer Joel Reid; Marine Towing of Tampa ISM & Safety Coordinator, Capt. Scott Moorhead; and USCG Chief Warrant Officer Sean Goodman (Photo: Marine Towing of Tampa)

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued its very first certificate of inspection (COI) under the Subchapter M requirements, which set new rules for the inspection, standards and safety policies of towing vessels.The COI issued to Marine Towing of Tampa's 90-foot tug Endeavor was signed Wednesday by Capt. Holly Najarian, commander of Sector St.

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