RINA to Start Classifying Iranian Ships ‘Within Weeks’

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Italy's RINA expects to start verifying safety and environmental standards for Iranian ships including oil tankers in a matter of weeks, the classification society said, stealing a lead on rivals as business interest in Iran heats up. Without verification from such bodies, ships are unable to call at international ports or … [Read more...]

UAE Ship Inspector Hires RINA Group to Help Develop Capabilities

Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Classification – Tasneef, a classification society specializing in the maritime sector, hired RINA Group to help develop its ability to inspect and certify ships for safety. Tasneef and Genova, Italy-based RINA, a marine classification and service company, are planning 44 projects this year including certifying new and existing vessels and … [Read more...]

Interview with Trevor Blakeley, Chief Executive at the Royal Institute of Naval Architects

I sat down with Trevor Blakeley, Chief Executive at the Royal Institute of Naval Architects this fall to discuss the distinguished institution he represents, and what they are up to amidst the great deal of challenges which face the maritime and offshore industries. First off Trevor, for those of our readers who aren't familiar with RINA, what is it and who does it … [Read more...]

Petrobras Plans to Grow Fleet by 146 Ships, Will Need Lots of Help

Over 150 representatives of the global maritime industry attended the Royal Institution of Naval Architect’s annual Presidents Invitation Lecture in London last week where Petrobras' Executive Manager of Supply and Logistics, Eduardo Autran, outlined his company’s 5-year development plan. Mr Autran revealed spending plans for both upstream and downstream … [Read more...]