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to play. Says Dr Klein: “I am convinced that ship efficiency is the key for ship- yards to overcome the current stagna- tion!” He pointed out, that constant technological enhancement is the only way to keep costs at a reasonable level,

where the growth potential is huge and population size massive, which repre- sents requirement for much more ship- ping and specific vessels and higher en- ergy efficiency,” said Dr Volkmar Was- mansdorff, Head of Region Asia/Pacific.

promote efficiency and generate com-

“To prepare for the recovery stage, ship-

petitive advantages.

ping companies and shipyards have to

Strong Growth. China’s shipbuilding industry has an enormous market po- tential. “The future of the world econ- omy is still bright, especially in Asia

optimize their products regarding en- ergy efficiency and operation,” Dr Was- mansdorff said at the seminar which attracted more than 180 participants.


The Future is Ship Efficiency

uring its first shipping and ship- building forum in Shanghai this year, GL was promoting “ship effi- ciency” as a competitive advantage for shipyards in a challenging market en- vironment and offered a full spectrum of technical as well as operational topics concerning the maritime in- dustry in heavy seas. Shipowners are basically interested in running fully laden ships at low operational costs. “Fully laden vessels are dependent on the global demand and trade patterns while low operational costs depend on the way a ship has been built and how it is sailed,” said Executive Board Member Dr Hermann J. Klein. D

With respect to the latter aspect, shipyards have a very important role

FORUM. GL experts in Shanghai (f.): Executive Board Member Dr Hermann J. Klein, Dr Pierre C. Sames (Re- search&Development), Holger Jefferies (Approval Services East Asia), Jan-Olaf Probst (Ship Newbuilding).


Settle the Seafarers’ Bill of Rights

A nother step forward in safeguard- ing the seafarers’ working and living conditions: After Liberia, the Marshall Islands and Bahamas, Pan- ama as the fourth and Norway as the fifth flag state have now ratified the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006. Once the Convention comes into effect, it obligates the acceding

states as well as the shipowners and operators to define and implement statutory requirements complying with the minimum standard of the Convention.

Helpful Package. MLC, 2006 certi- fication applies to all vessels of 500 GT or above performing internation- al voyages, except navy ships and

vessels built in traditional naval ar- chitecture. GL offers a certification package including a self-assessment tool to help shipowners prepare and achieve certification in time. With a gap analysis on board, GL can deter- mine what needs to be improved be- fore ships fulfil the requirements.

The GL Academy provides semi- nars and workshops on MLC, 2006. It is suspected that the convention will come into force in 2011. By then some 50,000 ships must be certified.


Concentrated Inspection Campaign

ach year the major PSC regions launch a so-called Concentrated Inspection Cam- paign that focuses on an agreed topic. The next campaign is scheduled for September to November 2009: CIC on Lifeboat Launching Arrangements (SOLAS Ch. III ) E

When boarding a ship, the PSC inspector will check the respective equipment and re- lated documentation on board in addition to the general PSC routine inspection. It has been officially confirmed that the re-

gions PARIS MOU, TOKYO MOU, INDIAN OCEAN MOU and BLACK SEA MOU will participate in the campaign.

The inspection follows a checklist pre- pared by PSC. This list will be published by the regions on their respective websites at the beginning of August. GL will post the checklist within the “PSC related” section of its own website. Shipmasters should take note of this and take the necessary steps to ensure proper maintenance of their equip- ment (see also Extra, page 27).

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