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The Technical Advisor to the Oil and Gas Industry

   As the marine industry keeps adapting to the low oil prices era, the shipping companies face a completely new set of difficult challenges. They have to battle to contain the cost in various offshore operations and projects while, at the same time, they have to compete in a very competitive and increasingly flexible market of onshore services. This happens along with the ongoing expansion of the LNG industry. This work is backed by over 150 years of the industry experience. In brief, this official DNV GL publication includes following major chapters - Facing up to a new normal - Technology foresight - Focused on the future - Building knowledge with bold ideas - Experts dedicated to making a difference - A broad service portfolio - Technical assurance... In addition to the above, it addresses the risk management advisory, some aspects of the offshore classification, various software solutions for the offshore industry as well as the services for project strategy, concept and feasibility. The enterprise risk management services, concept and engineering support, safety and environmental risk management services  and technology qualification and assessment have also been dealt with, along with the project verification and certification, project design services, due diligence  and project risk management - as you can see, this small booklet contains quite a lot of useful info.

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Rogue Waves - Impact on Ships and Offshore Structures

   Rogue waves did always attract rapt attention of the researchers in the offshore and general shipping industries, in marine academia, and media during past years. These waves are also called freak/abnormal waves, or even giant waves, and are considered quite steep and also larger in comparison to the waves surrounding them. There was a number of serious accidents which involved vessels and offshore installations - those incidents have been reported and discussed, and these waves were considered a reason; however, they not yet been included in the class society rules and recognized offshore standards. This paper was released to summarize the latest available information on rogue waves phenomena and its impact on ships as well as different marine structures. The authors have also focused on recent research projects in which this Class Society has participated. Hopefully, this booklet will definitely provide readers with some better understanding on this weather phenomenon. In addition to that, the authors have proposed some future research activities required to support the inclusion of the rogue wave effects in the operational and design procedures related to the offshore structures and vessels, in particular. They have also emphasized the need for the warning criteria for such waves.

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Maritime Impact - Technology & Innovation - Uncovering the Potential

   Another release of the popular Maritime Impact magazine issued by DNV GL for their customers and business partners. This issue was published under motto - Uncovering the Potential. Have a look in this paper and you will find so much interesting inside. The first part of the publication contains some news on the innovation and technology, fleet performance, environment protection, latest energy studies, LNG bunkering issues, green shipping etc. this block is followed by the updates in the cruise market and standardization, ship security and international conferences. There is a separate article dedicated to the new classification notation developed and offered by DNV GL - GAS READY, and about the Barzan container vessel, the first one to be delivered with this new notation. Significant part of the paper deals with the environment protection - we all know and understand that speed shall no longer be considered the only thing that matters in the shipping industry - the increasing importance of the sustainability is something to be discussed. The optimization of the fuel consumption is also one of the trending matters of today's industry - and the technical expertise, huge experience and many solutions enhancing the efficiency, that were proposed by DNV GL professionals, are playing a serious role.

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Ship Connectivity

   In the relatively near past, it was the established tradition that the vessels, once they had left the port, were almost completely isolated from any type of communication with the shore. This situation continued to be true until the radio installation on ships have been introduced - we are now talking about the very beginning of the twentieth century. Since that time, the capacity as well as the coverage of communication between vessels and the shore bases has been evolving. However, it shall be noted that we are currently experiencing significant changes in this field, with the introduction of the digital signals - their advantage is that they are easily transferred from shore to the vessel and in the reverse direction, at quite significant rates and, what is very important, this can be done independent on the location of the vessel. In this document the editors try to describe the technical updates and developments as well as the implications that such developments can have for the shipping industry of the nearest future. Four major parts of the present DNV GL paper cover historical and current drivers, modern communication and future developments in this field, ship connectivity - how it will be in the future, and opportunities ahead...

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Maritime Impact - Customer Focus - You Never Sail Alone

   It is a great pleasure for us to greet our readers in the pages of our Magazine. We believe that the marine industry of the nearest and distant future will be very data-smart and the technology is mature so now it is high time to embrace the ICT-supported shipping. Today, the vessels are getting smarter and the systems used to optimize both onshore and onboard performance are getting more and more sophisticated. The release of the present issue of our Magazine coincides with the famous Marintec China exhibition taking place in Shanghai city and some latest developments in the industry have been presented there and also found their reflection in this release. Here is the brief contents of what is inside this issue of Maritime Impact - The DNV GL Magazine for customers and business partners. In this issue: Customer Focus - You will Never Sail Alone - Fleet expansion - LNG bulkers - Widening - Oil tankers - Specialized ships - Jacking gear - Classification - LNGreen - Cruise market - Customer support - Ship breaking - Smart shipping - Business intelligence - Ship connectivity. This magazine contains the updates related to the maritime industry and will be useful for those willing to be in the loop of all latest happenings in the industry.

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LNG Fuelled PERFECt - Piston Engine Room Free Efficient Containership

   This booklet is dedicated to the new and revolutionary technology. The study of the technical design and economic feasibility for an electric-driven ULCV capable of transporting twenty thousand container units, with an LNG-fuelled combined cycle gas & stem turbine power plant, was conducted by GT, CMA CGM, CMA Ships and DNV GL Classification Society. The vessel is equipped with the LNG membrane tanks for one full return voyage between Europe and Asia. The high-level research work performed by the above stated entities addresses the fuel efficiency and contains preliminary economic assessment. It is quite clear to everyone that LNG may be treated as the perfect fuel for gas turbines. It is very clean and allows to increase the turbine inlet temperature and, in turn, its efficiency. In addition, increased temperature at the turbine outlet allows to install the high-efficient steam turbine cycles using the exhaust gas coming from the turbine. That is why COGAS, standing for the COmbined Gas and Steam Turbine way of generating power is considered one of the most effective ways - the efficiency of the power plants working on the LNG may achieve 60% which is unachievable level for the diesel engines, reaching to that 52% max.  

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DNV GL Tanker Update

   Another official release by DNV GL Class Society. The authors of this publication included the very latest updates to the statutory requirements that are applicable to tankers, information about the IACS CSR for oil tankers/bulk carriers, vetting compliance support, carbon future prospects, newbuilding specification services, the situation on the crude oil market, etc. The present release of the Tanker Update is coming with the regular self-explanatory motto "Expertise is knowing which details make all difference". Inert gas - Stability - ODME type-approved for bio-fuel blends - What is IACS CSR? - Consequences - PSC inspections and deficiencies - Top ten deficiency main categories and types in all visited ports - Deficiency ratio trend and benchmark - Review of technical specifications - Alternative fuel options - International regulations by IMO. There many serious changes that have been happening to the tanker market during past months, most of them caused by the significant drop in the oil prices. It seems that, most probably, we are not going to experience any increase in the new construction market in the nearest future - this is the reason why we would better concentrate on improving the utilization rate for the existing tanker fleet. And, in turn, this is exactly what the present DNV GL publication is about.

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DNV GL Strategic Research & Innovation Position Paper - All Subsea - Creating Value from Subsea Processes

   Subsea is an essential part of most contemporary common floating development concepts and tie-ins to fixed installations. While the industry is seeking standardization and simplification of subsea installations, inspired by concepts like the Statoil Subsea Factory, questions remain over the viability as well as ultimate potential of an all-subsea solution. In this research paper we explore these questions, highlighting opportunities and current limitations as we evaluate a hypothetical all-subsea solution: SuPPS - Subsea Production with Pipeline to Shore. The primary objective of this position paper is to check the viability of an all-subsea field development solution. We consider those circumstances in which all-subsea solutions may become preferred field development concepts in the future as compared with existing alternatives, mainly FPSO. Subsea installations are inherently complex, and as this paper demonstrates, a hypothetical all-subsea solution has a plethora of interrelated and interdependent systems. Unfortunately, the technical complexity can over-complicate discussions regarding the potential business viability of an all-subsea concept. In order to add clarity to the discussion, we "unpack" the SuPPS into a number of discrete steps, and assess the business case for each individual step as, one-by-one, we intend to move the most important components of our 'benchmark' from topside to subsea. Based on this approach, we may conclude that while soem of the technologies are enhancing (i.e., offering superior performance and value compared with other technologies) or enabling (i.e., opening up new opportunities for profitable production), other parts of the concept seriously limit its overall applicability.

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DNV GL Offshore Update

   Well, last year has proven to be very difficult for the offshore industry all around the world. However, this year have been predicted to be ever more challenging for all of us. The cost saving affects the oil and gas exploration and production activities, and the demand for the offshore supply and support ships is reducing. In some areas the percentage of the laid-up fleet reaches unbelievable ten percent. The low oil prices force charterers to focus on reducing their costs. In the present release readers will find some interesting articles explaining how the three major factors, i.e. safety, availability and reduced cost may be combined. It shall be noted that operational savings are not only coming from onboard activities but rather from proper planning of various related activities, effectiveness of logistics and some other factors. One will have to perform quite a deep analysis to find out how to reduce the consumption of fuel and get to know how new technologies may help in improving the operational performance of the vessels. In addition to all above, this publication contains some recommendations on improving the performance of the OSVs, managing proper lay-up of the ships, addresses some economical and business aspects etc.

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DNV GL Ferry and Ro-Ro Update

   Today, we all see the signs showing us that the new construction market is slowly recovering. The issues reating to the fuel efficiency are considered very important for the new ship designs and strict SOx requirements have been already introduced in the SECAs. However, we will soon see how the European Union enforces strict max content of the sulphur of 0.5% for passenger vessels operating outside SECAs. Apart from the emissions, this paper also addresses some safety issues - for example, the fires occurring on ro-ro decks. Such fires have attracted so much of attention during past years. We all have to take this very seriously as this matter is of critical importance. Many investigations have been performed in this regard, but there have been no any significant improvement so far. In addition to all stated above, this booklet addresses hybrid vessels, safety in the ferry industry, drive-on bunkering, scrubbers and their installation, some consideration for emergency equipment fuel, LNG-fuelled ferries and even 3D printing for the marine industry applications.. Various environmental regulations and rules have also found their reflection in this document together with some other valuable info.

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DNV GL Container Ship Update

   Another official publication released by DNV GL. We all know that the new Rules for container vessels have been developed and published by this class society recently. This booklet provides readers with the very latest updates in the shipping industry, directly relating to the container vessels. There are some informative and interesting interviews with the recognized shipping industry professionals, valuable technical information and statistics that will let you have the general picture of the shipping industry in general, and container transportation industry in particular, and make necessary analysis, if required. ULCS - the next generation will be Suezmax; Be the best at building container ships; Maersk Line implements ShipManager; Concept design assessment; New DNV GL Class Rules for Container Ships; WIV class notation; Whipping - simulation based analysis; Fire safety of container ships - an area of concern?; Experts on line 24/7; Successful surgery; New version of ECO Insight; Raising The AIS Data Treasure; Energy efficient operations - what matters; ECO Retrofit service; LNG-fuelled turbine-powered mega box ship study; Recent deliveries. Well, you can see yourself the value of this booklet yourself, believe it is worth having a look at.

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DNV GL Bulk Carrier Update 2015

   In the present issue of the popular "Bulk Carrier Update" publication officially released by one of the recognized and respected class societies in the world, DNV GL, the team of the authors wanted to focus on ship design matters. They decided to interview some of the experienced players of bulk carrier design field who have been working over the past several years in order to check their professional opinion regarding the various important processes that are currently taking place. These people were kind enough to share their views on the current design trends. In addition to the ship design issues, the publication also provides some regulatory update and necessary information on the current operational challenges such as financing, cargo liquefaction etc. Among the topics included in the present release there are also new construction specification services, emission limits, fuel changeover, liquefaction of the cargo, new AIS Business Intelligence Service introduced and explained, some questions answered by the DNV GL professionals, etc. In fact, all latest developments that took place in the industry have found their reflection in this publication, making it very interesting and useful for the both newcomers and pro's due to the amount and topicality of the information provided.

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Your Offshore Classification Partner

   Today, demonstrating and assuring the safety and integrity of the offshore units has become much more important than ever before. Offshore classification plays a very significant important role in this respect and success will rely on new ways of working: reducing complexity and streamlining processes for greater quality and cost efficiency, while analysing increasing volumes of data to manage risks and generate safer, more sustainable operations. DNV GL's in-depth knowledge and experience of the offshore industry and its fast-evolving regulatory landscape enables us to offer the most efficient classification services in the industry. We provide customers with dedicated support across the entire facility lifecycle. Drawing on a worldwide network of expertise, we offer specialist local advice and provide offshore unit owners, operators and legislators with a transparent and consistent sen/ice based on technical and regulatory knowledge and insight. We provide a truly comprehensive range of classification and other related services to ship designers and builders, ship owners and operators of offshore units (MOUs), ensuring safe, reliable and high-performing mobile offshore units. Added value beyond compliance As a trusted advisor on safety in a complex regulatory environment, we deliver added value to customers by improving efficiency and oversight. With access to dedicated experts in more than 37 countries, DNV GL Offshore Classification deliver local access to global best practice. Our offshore Class services build on our experience as one of the world's leading ship Class societies and is backed by more than 150 years of experience. We deliver perfect services beyond compliance that help customers to differentiate operations in competitive environments...

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In Focus - LNG as Ship Fuel - Latest developments and projects in the LNG industry

   As the name of this DNV-GL publication says, it is dedicated to the latest projects and developments in the LNG industry. It provides valuable updates on this industry, new rules for the gas fuelled vessels, innovations for sustainable and safe shipping, sheds some light on the alternative fuels and to the various engines for the ships fuelled by gas, provides list of LNG ships on order and in operation, and all confirmed projects. In addition to that, necessary clarification on the Gas Ready notation assigned by DNV-GL is provided. Today, LNG is proven and available fuel. Of course, the conventional fuels based on the oil will be the main option for greater part of the existing ships in the nearest future; however, the commercial opportunities of liquid natural gas fuels seem to be very interesting for various new construction/conversion projects. This booklet was developed by us to help you in assessing the factors coming into play, based on our experience with this technology as well as various services relating to the design/construction/operation of the ships fuelled by LNG. We would recommend this booklet to anyone dealing with the LNG and there are no too may publications available today, that would address this technology.

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Best Practice Ship Management

   We understand that all ship managers are under pressure which is constantly increasing. The charter rates are coming down due to the overcapacities in the market of today. This makes the operators fight for the cargo and reduce the fuel cost which is one of the main blocks. It appears that the ship operators have to sit somewhere in the middle and face the necessity to gain the management contracts while trying to maintain reasonable fees. However, the requirements on liability of the ships are also to be taken into consideration as necessary. We wish to invite our reader, industry professionals and anyone interested in the shipping industry to check these best practice against their operations and get some new and fresh ideas of the potential improvement areas. The publication comprises different approaches, business models and procedures that are in use by ship managers in order to make their business safer, more efficient and more friendly to the environment. First chapter of the book provides a management view on the best practice; the following chapters are focusing on the best practice in crewing, technical and financial management, quality and safety management, and procurement. The methodology and the importance of ICT have also been highlighted in this booklet. 

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RS Register of Ships

   Here is the document listing all the vessels that are classed by Russian Register, one of the world's leaders in the field of classification. This Register book is released once every two years so this edition is the last published. The book contains all information related to the sea-going vessels that are self-propelled and have the gross tonnage equal to or exceeding 100 tons. The present release of the publication contains valuable info on the ship owners - their names have been recorded in the Column 1 of this Register. The e-version of the Record is also available and it includes the latest amendments, i.e. those taking place after this publication have been released. Though all data contained in the document were obtained from the reliable sources of information, RS cannot actually guarantee the accuracy of all provided details. The publication starts with the list of abbreviations and symbols used, followed by the key to the Register and the main block. Then there is list of former names of the vessel and list of owners in Russian Federation and in the foreign countries. The document will be very useful for people who may require the full information on the vessel, having only the name and knowing that the vessel is classed by RS.

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Lloyds Register LNG Bunkering Infrastructure Survey 2014

   Below are some of the questions addressed within this LR paper: would you see yourself a driver of changes with regard to the use of the liquid natural gas as a fuel? today, is your port providing or at least planning to provide the infrastructure for LNG bunkering for the short-sea or local shipping? in July 2011, the IAPH (standing for the International Association of Ports and Harbours) launched a new project of developing guidelines for the LNG bunkering in ports, so does is your port participate in the project? what bunkering facilities (of what type) are currently provided in your Port for gas fuelled ships - or, if there are no such facilities at the moment, what are you planning to provide in the future? what is the timeframe for LNG bunkering operations to begin at your port? what are the anticipated sources of fuel for LNG bunkering and in what volumes will the fuel be provided? what kind of infrastructure are planned to be developed in your port for LNG fuel supply to the port? what will be the expected proportion of the gas fuel of the total volume in your port? in general, would you be considering the liquid gas as a bunker fuel for deep-sea shipping in the next years? which type of ships would you think to be best suited for such bunkering at your port and why?

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Cyber - Marine Risk and Potential Impact

   This is a briefing presentation that was prepared by Jonathan Earthy and Bernard Twomey, Lloyds Register Electrotechnical. Much publicity of the threat to the maritime sector from various malicious attacks of organisations and systems via information technology. Threat is real, and loss is relating to the use and misuse of systems that have software as a key component. Today's presentation is dedicated to the consequences of insufficient maturity in the maritime industry using this technology. We do hope to inform a good discussion on how exactly the marine insurance industry can address such risks. This document covers components and lifecycle, issues and causes, effects, mitigations, and some examples. The booklet stats with an overview followed by the chapters addressing user understanding, unexpected behavior and unsafe requirements, insufficient testing, system upgrade - technical, financial and environmental risks as well as risk to reputation, cyber security, components of a software intensive system - basics, controlled systems, protocols, programs and data, lifecycle and responsibilities, various issues relating to the information technology/cyber systems, cause of problems and effects in the marine context, mitigations and preventions...

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Seaborne Ethane

  Ethane is produced from natural gas (on an industrial scale) and is actually treated as the by-product of oil refining process. The global production of this gas was at about 55 million tonnes level in 2013, the majority being in the United States and Middle East. It is primarily used in the chemical industry, namely in the production of another gas, ethylene. In turn, ethylene is further used in the production of PVC, polyethylene, styrene and ethylene glycol. Throughout the history, ethane gas has been carried in the small ethane/ethylene carriers that were specifically designed for transportation of ethylene, taking into account its boiling point of -104C, ethane and other LPG cargo. The present report consists of two parts. In part A the authors look at the most important factors influencing the expected future demand for the transportation of the ethane cargoes from the United States. It is assumed that such increasing demand will require larger ships (with capacity more than 400000 cub.m.) and it means that these ships will most probably be too large for the containment systems that have been in use up to today. This is what the second part of this report is dealing with - what the new containment systems may look like.

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Global Marine Fuel Trends 2030

   The main objective of this popular technical publication prepared by Lloyd's Register Group in collaboration with theand University College London was to unravel the whole landscape of marine fuels that are intended for commercial shipping over the next sixteen years or so. It includes following chapters - Foreword; Executive Summary; GloTraM, standing for the Global Transport Model; Scenarios; Technologies and fuels for deep sea shipping; Fuel prices vs. technology cost/performance; Marine fuel mix and demand 2030; Energy Efficiency Design Index and design vs. operational speeds; Emissions 2030; Postscript; The GMFT2030 Team; Acronyms; References. We all may observe the transformation that the maritime industry is undergoing. Today, the vessel operators face the "big decisions" of tomorrow, together with the managing high operational costs and trying to achieve compliance with all strict requirements of the regulations concerning environment protection. Such decisions are relating to the future fuels, technologies and the possibility to "future-proof" their fleets as well as other assets. At Lloyd's Register society, we do our best trying to provide our Clients with the technical advice to support the commercial decision making - obviously, all technical decisions must be of some commercial sense...

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