Category: Environmental

GETTING SENSE ON BALLAST WATER

March 14, 2016 9:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

As Belgium became the 48th signatory party this week, the Ballast Water Management Convention has now almost gained sufficient ratification to come into force, and will do so in 2017. The remaining 0.18% tonnage will not be difficult to meet within the next one or two months, introducing the industry to a tsunami of compliance costs and uncertainties. Read the rest of this entry »

USCG CHANGES WILL IMPACT DP MASSIVELY

June 26, 2015 5:57 am Published by Leave your thoughts

US Coast Guard’s (USCG) steps to write new rules for dynamic positioning (DP) vessels will be a ‘game changer’ for the offshore industry that will have ramifications worldwide. USCG plans to introduce regulations for DP vessels to follow in US waters that include rules on how ships are operated and tested. It also intends to produce regulations on how DP operator competence can be tested. Read the rest of this entry »

FAST SUPPLY DESIGN SAVES FUEL

September 12, 2014 5:21 am Published by Leave your thoughts

A new design of fast supply vessel delivered by De Hoop shipyard in Holland is the first to be fitted with a unique propulsion system that is claimed to offer significant fuel savings. This vessel which has been built to support offshore oil installations in the Gulf of Mexico is the first of a series of seven similar vessels on order from De Hoop which has two shipyards in Holland. Read the rest of this entry »