Friday, February 5, 2016

Polar Code Cargo Vessels and Gas Powered Ships on Dual Classification Agenda

Two Class Registers Cooperate
Shipping News Feature
RUSSIA – NORWAY – Polar Code class cargo vessels and ships utilising LNG or other gas powered fuel systems were on the agenda when DNV GL’s Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen recently met with Konstantin Palnikov, Director General of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), to sign a bilateral framework agreement for a cooperation between both class societies, which sets out the general procedure for delegating authority when dual classifying ships.

During the talks, DNV GL and RS expressed satisfaction at the positive experience of cooperation in dual classification of ships, a count currently standing at about 20 ships which are in dual RS–DNV GL class. The two companies discussed prospective areas of further cooperation that would enable them to effectively complement each other’s unique competencies.

Priority cooperation areas include ensuring compliance of ships with the requirements of the Polar Code, rendering of relevant expert assistance to stakeholders, and developing interpretations of the Code’s provisions building on RS and DNV GL’s experience. The talks also touched upon cooperation aimed at improving technical standards for the safety of gas-fuelled ships.

The new framework document outlines the procedure for delegating authority in cases where one society performs surveys of ships classed by the other, and lays down general terms and conditions for cooperation in the area of dual classification of newbuildings and ships in service, surveys of materials and equipment for ships.

Photo: Courtesy of the IMO.