Do Eco-Ships Make Sense?

According to Robert Bugbee, President of Scorpio Tankers, the answer to the eco-ship question can perhaps be found by considering the question, "Do you believe in God?" If you believe in God and He exists, you go to heaven. If you don't believe in God and He does exist, you go to Hell. Well, if you don't believe in ec0-ships, and it turns out eco-ships are the right … [Read more...]

GL Forum: The Use of 3D Technology in Shipping and Shipbuilding

Hamburg/Germany– Ships and offshore units are specialist structures with high requirements for efficiency and availability throughout their entire life cycle. Many of the processes, from production all the way to operation, can now be supported by 3D models and computer graphics. As with most developing technologies, this change brings up a number of questions. How can … [Read more...]

Assessing Emission Reduction Options for Container Feeder Vessels [STUDY]

One of the biggest issues facing ship owners these days is what do to about the IMO emissions regulations, particularly those referring to sulfur oxides (SOx), which come into effect in January 2015 within Emissions Control Areas (ECAs), and worldwide by 2020. Within the container feeder vessel segment, there are two primary options available to mitigate this issue, gas … [Read more...]

GL Conducts First Onboard Test of Machinery Manager Prototype

Hamburg/Germany – GL Maritime Software, the software and systems integration unit of classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL), in cooperation with SKF, has installed the first prototype of its GL MachineryManager software onboard the CSAV Rio Blanco, a car carrier owned and managed by German shipping company F. Laeisz. GL MachineryManager is a single monitoring … [Read more...]

GL Halts Iran Business [REPORT]

Ship classification society Germanischer Lloyd has reportedly stopped verifying safety and environmental standards for ship's belonging to Iran's biggest shipping companies, Reuters reports. GL is the latest class society to pledge an end to Iran operations in response to EU sanctions targetting the country's disputed nuclear programme and pressure from the U.S.-based United … [Read more...]