• Rolls Royce to head up autonomous ship project

    Funded by Finnish technology agency Tekes, the aim of the so-called Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative is to produce specifications and preliminary designs for the next generation of advanced ship solutions.

  • Germany. DNV GL launches external hearing of used...

    Today more than 800 customers and stakeholders will receive the used DNV GL rules, as part of an extensive external hearing process before their publication and entry into force. The rules are the signature of the classification society, forming the basis of the organisation and playing an essential role in DNV GL’s work to make the maritime industry safer, smarter and greener.


  • Wartsila Tunnel Thruster Gets LR Approval

    Wartsila has successfully passed the final step of the Lloyd's Register (LRS) classification society's Type Approval process to obtain an LR Type Approval Certificate for the Wartsila WTT11 tunnel thruster. Having Type Approval means that the thruster will not have to undergo a design review for each individual vessel or hull number. It is anticipated that the approval certification will deliver significant cost savings, as well as considerable reductions in production time, thereby giving a shorter lead time for the customer. The approval also demonstrates that the WTT11 conforms to recognised industry quality standards, and that it is in full compliance with the LR Rules.

  • “Tasneef” Continues its Efforts to Support the...

    In virtue of its role as the first Arab classification society developing standards and specifications in the field of maritime navigation, and issuing compliance and inspection certificates for ships and maritime facilities, Emirates Classification Society “Tasneef” sent a delegation to visit the Arab League in order to hold negotiations to join the wider Arab maritime market and receive the Arab governmental accreditation as an accredited authority in the field of maritime classification.

  • IRClass Raises Focus on Offshore

    Classification society and IACS member Indian Register of Shipping has established an ‘India and Offshore Advisory Committee’ with a vision to raise the profile of its services and receive strategic advice for growth in South Asia region.

  • UK Seeks Maritime Dominance of Yore

    “Britannia rules the waves” paid a glowing tribute to the maritime past of the United Kingdom.  Over the past three centuries as the sun began to set on the British power, resilient U.K. with its pioneering characteristics began its voyage of transformation to become a world-class maritime services center, with one of the largest clusters of marine insurance, ship finance, law, classification societies, ship broking, education and consultancy organizations.

  • Driving Innovation: the Unmanned FLNG

    DNV GL developed a new unmanned floating LNG concept that it claims overcomes many of the challenges faced by operators looking to unlock the potential of remote offshore gas fields. 


Ballast Water: Hard Times Await Dockyards & Classification Societies

Dockyard and classification societies are likely to encounter a bottleneck in 2020 as numerous ship owners have decided to complete their International Oil Pollution Prevention (Iopp) Renewal Survey due to uncertainties on Ballast Water Management Convention of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the United Kingdom (UK) Chamber of Shipping has said.


RINA Services classifies first ships in Iran

RINA Services and the Asian Classification Society (ACS) recently classified two 15,000 gt general cargo ships owned by IRISL, the leading shipping company in Iran. This is a first for RINA, the primary Italian classification society.


Chain reactions

Supply chain efficiency needs balancing against the risks of running a port, explains Martin Rushmere.


Secrecy tightens over plutonium shipments from Japan to US

Two heavily armed, UK registered ships are currently engaged in the transport of UK sourced plutonium across the Pacific, writes Tim Deere-Jones. Details of their safety inspection records, survey status, voyage routes and location have been suppressed in the interests of security but the lack of transparency breaches a number of international safety standards.