ABS Releases Guide for Improved Safety on Offshore Vessels

first_imgzoom ABS, the leading provider of classification services to the global offshore and marine industries, has released the ABS Guide for Enhanced Fire Protection Arrangements, as guidance for improved safety on offshore vessels and installations as well as oceangoing vessels.“Protection against fires on board vessels and offshore installations is critically important,” says ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “This new Guide represents another significant step taken by ABS toward safer operations.”According to ABS Director of Marine Technology Christina Wang, one of the primary goals of this new Guide is to provide criteria for notations that increase the level of protection against fires on board vessels, mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs), mobile offshore units (MOUs) and offshore installations. Another objective is to reduce the consequences of an onboard fire through specific measures for prevention, detection and fire extinguishing.“Current rules and regulations identify certain fire safety arrangements that must be provided on board a vessel, drilling unit or offshore installation,” Wang explains, noting even though the rules and regulations have mandated such “minimum” requirements for many years, fire and explosion continue to remain one of the top safety hazards for any vessel and its crew.While other classification societies provide fire safety notations, ABS is the first to address the industrial portions of offshore units to this extent. The Guide for Enhanced Fire Protection Arrangements is the first such document to provide requirements to protect against the unique fire risks associated with the industrial areas of floating production, storage and offloading (FPSOs) units, Wang says.The optional Enhanced Fire Protection notations in the Guide include EFP-A and EFP-A+ for accommodation areas, EFP-M for machinery spaces, EFP-C for cargo areas and EFP-IA for industrial areas. “Combinations of these notations can be awarded as well,” Wang says. My location Print  Close ABS, November 12, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

GAC Russia Expands Far East Presence

first_imgzoom GAC Russia is expanding eastwards with the opening of new branches at Nakhodka and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to meet demand for shipping services as opportunities open up in Far East.With this move, GAC Russia’s presence stretches throughout the interconnected Arctic region and Far East, at Murmansk, Kandalaksha, Sabetta, and now Nakhodka and the capital of the Sakhalin region, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.“GAC has been active in Russia since 2001 and has built a strong network of offices in the European part of the country. The time is now right for us to expand eastwards to provide the GAC brand of professional ship agency and husbandry services to our customers operating in the Far East, which has a coastline of over 5,000 miles and covers 22 maritime ports,” Arkady Podkopaev, GAC Russia’s General Manager, said.As the Russian Federation focuses on developing political and economic relations with the Asia-Pacific region, the country’s Far East has moved to the top of the agenda.The region includes a Free Port Zone established in 2015 covering Vladivostok, Nakhodka, Korsakov and several other ports.Close to the borders with China, Japan, and Korea, the area is a hub for trade with imports coming in from Asia, which are transferred to other vessels or the Trans-Siberian Railway for distribution to the rest of the nation.last_img read more