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2020 - Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday slammed the business elite for doing “basically nothing” on climate change, as the Davos forum braced for an address from US President Donald Trump hours before his impeachment trial begins.
Trump, who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, is set to give the first keynote address of Davos 2020, on the same day as his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington. Before his appearance, Thunberg underlined the message that has inspired millions around the world, saying “basically nothing has been done” to fight climate change.
This is new and uncharted territory for nearly all classification societies but the very brave. Despite the fact that zero carbon shipping has been in the pipeline for umpteen years, it appears that very few are prepared for the shake up that disruptive technology is sure to make as new and unfamiliar designs come into the frame and the competition heats up between the hydrogen faction and more direct applications of renewable energy.
The big names are likely to struggle to shrug off their existing classifications, than the smaller more lithe organizations that are willing to embrace change. That is what climate change is all about: change!
It is not just boats and ships, but all manner of transport, cars and even aircraft are getting a makeover, as electric motors and batteries begin to make their mark. Even so, motor manufacturers are unprepared as are energy companies, some of which will go to the wall kicking and screaming, refusing to embrace renewables, as the cling to oil for all they are worth.
But if we are going to make it, classification and certification authorities are going to have to lend a hand. If that proves too difficult for them, we might need new Statute to to help them along, rather than rely on good will and voluntary adjustment. Voluntary codes rarely work. They are taken by many to be just another ministerial code for bribery accepted at very high levels - and don't rock the boat - but we are in the middle of a climate emergency, as Greta Thunberg is at pains to point out..
DNV-GL - Claim to be proactive and flexible. They have in the past encouraged innovation in terms of clean energy for shipping.
In naval terms, vessels are sometimes launched with a temporary designation and reclassified once their capability is determined. Hull classification varies from country to country. There is no international agreement as to class.
A heavily modified or re-purposed ship may receive new symbols and classification, and either retain the hull number or receive a new one. The system of naval symbols has changed a number of times since it was introduced in 1907, and for this reason ships' symbols sometimes change without any physical alterations to a ship.
VERITAS - Classification is a system to safeguard life, preserve the environment and protect assets. It applies principally to ships and offshore oil and gas units.
NATIONAL OCEANIC & ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION HULL CODES
AGE: General Purpose Experimental Ship (AGE = Auxiliary General Experimental)
LCP: Landing Craft, Personnel
SeaVax vessels will be experimental, conducting oceanographic
research and surveillance generally. The object is to refine
and prove the ocean cleaning concept, that also involves
avoiding plankton, fish and marine mammals selectively. it may
then be appropriate to assign such craft the AGE or RV code to
include: O, where the vessel is a blue water, endurance
machine. Hence: ORV. But where solar and wind power is a
factor in the experimental stages: AGE. Clearly, the
classification will change once the experimental stages are
passed and ocean cleaning operations begin.
VESSEL CLASSIFICATION 100-A-1 LLOYDS REGISTER
Classification is then time related, it expiring, regardless of the fact that the vessel has not changed physically.
After any accident such as a fire, a ship has to be resurveyed to establish its classification. The advantages for a ship owner to have their vessels classified and to keep them ‘in class’ are numerous, as the construction and maintenance of a ship up to the standard required is mandatory for almost all insurance, chartering, financing, and so on, and also for the issue of statutory certificates required by international conventions such as SOLAS.
In view of the specialist function of SeaVax and the not-for-profit motives, it may benefit any international alliance to provide specialist surveys and insurance to reduce the operational overheads and streamline missions.
BUREAU SHIIPING - The heart of their classification organization, ABS Rules & Guides are derived from principles of naval architecture, marine engineering and related disciplines.
Currently, more than 50 organizations worldwide describe their activities as including marine classification, some of which are listed below. Twelve of these are members of the International Association of Classification Societies. The largest are DNV GL, the American Bureau of Shipping, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) and Lloyd's Register. Classification societies employ ship surveyors, material engineers, piping engineers, mechanical engineers and electrical engineers, often located at ports and office buildings around the world.
100 = suitable for seagoing service,
A = constructed or accepted into Lloyd's Register class and maintained in good and efficient condition, and
1 = good and efficient anchoring and mooring equipment.
ZERO EMISSIONS - Before you get too comfortable at the thought of the uphill climb for acceptance of zero emission ships, there are already designs on the drawing board for solar and wind powered cargo vessels for the Pacific and Caribbean Island routes. With a fair wind we hope it will not be too long before the EU and other concerned groups of nations are willing to put research monies on their agendas.
Classification societies exist in the shipping industry for insurance purposes to provide a uniform worldwide standard, but why is this needed in yachts where a normal surveyor could provide much the same service at far lower cost? For one thing, yachts have become small ships with all the myriad systems and complexities that would be beyond the grasp of any single surveyor and, second, with the growing variety of materials and techniques, the societies provide an information service that shares the success of certain methods and remembers the failures of others.
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