Meeting extraordinary challenges

In 2016, the maritime industry faced a year of extraordinary challenges. Low freight rates, consolidation, tight financing, reduced contracting and new regulations forced adaptation and tough choices on every player in virtually every segment. In this environment, DNV GL looked for new ways to help customers succeed.

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Sustainable solutions

To help our maritime customers enhance the sustainability of their businesses, DNV GL works to develop, implement, certify and enable new technologies, systems and practices that let them improve their safety, environmental performance and efficiency.

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Blue North improves crew safety and energy management

The new longline fishing vessel Blue North was delivered in 2016 to DNV GL rules. A ‘moon pool’ for bringing the catch and longline gear on board means that the crew are not exposed to rough seas, freezing temperatures, darkness and the risk of being swept overboard. 

The diesel-electric propulsion system powers azimuth thrusters, resulting in fuel savings of up to 30% and an overall reduction in operating expenses. The engine, cooling and heat recovery system recycles the water used to cool the ship’s engines into potable water while capturing heat. This significantly reduces the energy demand and means wastewater is not released back into the ocean.

Partnership to develop the Ecoship cruise ship

DNV GL signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japan-based international non-profit NGO Peace Boat, forming a partnership to develop the Ecoship cruise ship. The Ecoship design is based on biophilic principles – using the solutions nature has evolved. It incorporates cuttingedge technology to improve efficiency, reduce waste and minimize environmental impacts.

Some of the most notable features include: ten masts to harness wind energy for propulsion, solar-panel-covered sails and a 6,000 m2 top-deck solar farm, a closed-loop water system to reuse, purify and re-purpose water, and waste heat recovery systems which it is hoped can reclaim 80% of the energy normally lost to the air and water.

First ’Clean Lay-up’ declaration issued

DNV GL issued the first ’Clean Lay-up’ declaration under its newly released classification guideline. The guideline enables shipowners and managers to demonstrate that their vessel is laid up in a responsible manner and in a way that respects the local environment while fulfilling all safety requirements.

Bluewater’s Munin FPSO, laid up in Labuan, Malaysia, recently received the first declaration of this kind. The new guideline brings the best practices in the field together. It addresses a broad spectrum of issues, including noise, air emissions (NOx and SOx), onboard waste and hull cleaning.

ECO Solutions reduces carbon footprint

DNV GL’s ECO Solutions line has greatly enhanced our customers’ sustainability, especially in terms of reducing carbon footprints. To date, more than 2,500 vessels have been enrolled in one or more of DNV GL’s ECO Solutions. The solutions cover all ship types and enable owners and operators to examine every aspect of a vessel’s performance.

In 2016, DNV GL’s fleet performance management solution ECO Insight added a range of new analytical and reporting features to this market-leading portal, as well as becoming an incentive partner to the Environmental Ship Index.

First vessel certified according to new IMO Polar Code

Because of less ice and easier access to polar waters, IMO saw the need for a common set of minimum requirements for vessels entering Arctic and Antarctic waters from January 2017.

In 2016, after a successful survey, DNV GL and the Danish Maritime Authority confirmed that the AHTS Magne Viking was officially the first vessel confirmed to be in compliance with the new IMO Polar Code.

DNV GL also worked with the Norwegian Maritime Authority to issue the first polar ship certificate to a Norwegian ship, the platform survey vessel M/V Stril Polar.

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