Classification Societies

Bangladesh: Newbuilding orders with class Germanischer Lloyd


Bangladesh-based shipyard Highspeed Shipbuilding and Engineering has won an order of eight 4,500DWT multi-purpose vessels from Dutch shipping company Hollander Schultens. The ships will be built to Germanischer Lloyd class, with construction to start in December 2008. The delivery of all units is scheduled to be completed by April 2012.

Until then the yard will upgrade its facilities and add modern equipment. This will include the expansion of the dry dock as well as covered sheds and machinery. Highspeed Shipbuilding and Engineering, based in Fatullah, Narayanganj, is the country's oldest shipyard. It specialises in small river cargo and passenger vessels up to 3,000 tonnes and has built over 100 of these since 1961. It is the third shipyard in Bangladesh to receive export orders.

'The order with Highspeed Shipbuilding is another great step forward for the shipbuilding industry in Bangladesh," said C.F. Zaman, Germanischer Lloyd Country Manager Bangladesh.

The classification society has been represented in Bangladesh since the mid-1980s. An export order for twelve 5,500DWT multipurpose vessels at Ananda shipyard in November 2007 will also be built to Germanischer Lloyd class. The construction of five multi-purpose dry cargo vessels at Western Marine shipyard has also just begun. The first two keels for the 4,100DWT vessels were laid at the end of February. The ships were ordered from Danish Stella Shipping and will be built to GL class.


BV confirms visit by EC inspectors


France: Following the announcement by the European Commission of inspections at the premises of several European providers of ship classification services, Bureau Veritas confirms that inspectors of the Commission visited its headquarters on January 29 and 30, and that the company is cooperating fully with the authorities in their investigations.

China delivers first ABS-classed LNG carrier and largest containership


April 3, 2008 marked another milestone in the rapid development of Chinese shipbuilding capacity. At separate ceremonies, two of the nation's shipbuilders delivered the first LNG carrier to be built in China and the largest containership to emerge from a Chinese shipyard.

Both of these shipbuilding projects were completed to ABS class standards. Shanghai-based Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard delivered the 147,000 cubic metre LNG carrier 'Dapeng Sun' to China LNG Shipping (International) for service between Australia's North West Shelf and China's first LNG receiving terminal in Guangdong Province.

It is the first of a five ship series that are being dual classed by ABS and China Classification Society (CCS). The keel laying for the first ship took place in June 2005, and construction is already nearing completion on the second in the series, the 'Dapeng Moon', scheduled for delivery in late-June, with the fifth and final ship expected to be handed over one year later in June 2009.

"LNG carriers are one of the most sophisticated vessel types for a shipyard to produce," noted ABS Pacific Division President Jim Liebertz at the delivery. "This is a really remarkable achievement for a relatively new shipbuilder to take on such a project and develop the infrastructure and skills to deliver this ship in such a short time frame."

To assist the yard, ABS assigned a team of surveyors to the project with many years of experience in LNG construction and in particular with the GTT NO96 membrane containment system.

"An LNG project is quite different from standard tanker and bulk carrier construction," Liebertz added. "It is a real credit to everyone that has been involved in this project that it has gone as smoothly as it has and we are very proud of the finished product."

ABS is currently the only class society with LNG carriers building to its standards in China, Korea and Japan.

"The first ship converted to carry liquid gas was ABS-classed," said Liebertz. "The first purpose designed and built LNG carrier was to ABS class. ABS is the only society to have classed LNG carriers with all of the different containment systems that are currently on offer. It is only appropriate that this historic vessel has also been delivered to ABS standards."

The second milestone occurred at the Nantong COSCO KHI Shipyard (NACKS) with the delivery of the 10,000TEU 'COSCO Oceania' to COSCO Container Lines. This is the largest containership to have been built in China and is the first of a four ship series from the yard.

"COSCO is a long standing client and we are honored to have been selected to class this historic series of ultra large containerships for them," said ABS Senior Vice President for China and the Central Pacific Region, Kingsley Koo.

"No other classification society has the same degree of experience with classing ultra large containerships as does ABS," he noted, referring to the fleet of ABS-classed 11,000TEU vessels already in service for AP Moller. The COSCO project was tightly planned and coordinated with the keel laying taking place in early September 2007.

"A schedule that took less than seven months from keel laying to delivery for a ship of this size and complexity is a real testament to the capabilities of the large, experienced Chinese shipyards," Koo added. "ABS was proud to be part of the team that helped make this happen."

CCS and DNV join hands


The first of its kind in China, the CCS-DNV Technology Institute in Shanghai is a joint venture between the class societies China Classification Society and Det Norske Veritas.

Containerships of excellent quality


Columbus Shipmanagement, a subsidiary company of Hamburg Süd, has received the 'GL Excellence 5 Stars' certificate from Germanischer Lloyd. This document serves as evidence for reliable ship operation and compliance of above-average safety and quality standards.

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