The Marine Technical Committee meeting of Bureau Veritas for 2014 took place on February 19th at the Yacht Club of Greece. The well attended meeting started as always with a chance for attendees to exchange their views and talk about the latest news from the shipping world.
This meeting was particularly important since it marked the admission of important players from the Piraeus shipping family.
The technical presentations were introduced by the committee chairman George Sarris, general manager of Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A.
Anastasios Angelopoulos, deputy country chief executive for Greece and Cyprus, as secretary of the committee started with a small presentation regarding Bureau Veritas organisation.
Mr Vranakis, technical director & HPS manager from Jotun Hellas Ltd, outlined the current antifouling technologies and their performance metrics. Many studies carried out over the years have documented the serious economic and environmental effects of a poor antifouling system on a ship’s hull. This presentation went through the various antifouling technologies available in the market, their working mechanisms, their comparative advantages and their limitations. The second part of the presentation focused on the attempts of the marine industry to quantify the in-service performance of the antifouling systems, and a new proposed method for hull performance monitoring based on automatically logged sensor data. The method is now draft standard ISO 19030-1 to 3 and is expected to be finalised in two to three years’ time.
Dr John Kokarakis, technology and business development director for the Hellenic, Black Sea region and Middle East zone, presented the challenges and considerations relating to energy saving devices. Such devices are subject to hydrodynamic loads inducing fatigue and vibration. Their selection and installation in newbuildings and existing ships presents many challenges which were analysed by the speaker. The involvement of BV in the relevant European project (GRIP) was outlined along with the ensuing benefits and products for the shipping community.
As always, the meeting concluded with the traditional dinner, where there were ample opportunities for everybody to fraternise and to enjoy the delicious food offered by the restaurant of the Yacht Club of Greece.