Energy costs are rising. Environmental impact reports are receiving more scrutiny. New industry regulations are streaming down at break-neck speed. Now, more than ever, maritime operators are looking to get ahead of the regulatory curve, lower fuel consumption and improve energy operations throughout their fleets. AP CLASS advisors are here to help address the ever growing environmental regulations and performance metric requirements toward optimum resource efficiency today and in the future.
Using innovative tools and dynamic assessment techniques, our advisory team works together with clients to develop vessel and voyage energy strategies that minimize waste and maximize efficiency.
Vessel Performance services include:
Advisory services build on the work of the environmental solutions group to give customers confidence that cutting-edge technology is harnessed toward achievement of regulatory compliance, responsible resource stewardship and energy savings in the constantly evolving global maritime industry.
A lifelong commitment
When classifying a vessel it is not only the ship that is classified but everything on board, including all machinery, equipment and systems. The decision of whether to classify the vessel or not is up to the shipping company or shipyard building the boat. To have a vessel under class is a lifelong commitment that continuously needs to be updated. To maintain the classification, all criterias need to be fulfilled. This means a high level of repair and maintenance keeping everything in perfect shape. It also requires competent and trained staff. Consequently, to classify a vessel and keeping it classified is a costly process. Nevertheless, practically all international vessels are classified.
High reliability and uptime are key in the marine shipping industry
Operators in the marine shipping industry value comfort, performance, reliability and safety. A classified vessel means that your vessel has gone through a number of tests and risk assessments to promote safety for the vessel, the crew as well as the environment. Also, it is a prerequisite for getting the vessel and its cargo insured. Basically, to classify your vessel means a quality assurance, prolonging the lifespan of the vessel. A downside with classification is that there is no global notification, but several different classification societies, which all have their own detailed rules and requirements to follow.
AP CLASS prepares for a classification by type approving the engine
When a shipyard orders products from a subcontractor and includes a class notation, it puts high demands on the products. Therefore, a classification facilitates the process for the shipyard, contributing to a harmonisation of the tough demands imposed on the vessel’s equipment.
AP CLASS works with seven different major classification societies. When a shipyard contacts us with a class notation, it becomes clear what demands the shipyard and the shipyard’s customers have on our products. From start, our work is transparent with full documentation, offering the shipyard our drawings and installation requirements. There are several tests during the process, where one of them is the FAT test (Factory Acceptance Test). Our engines are manufactured based on the class notation, and when delivering our products they are, based on type approval, covered by a single product certificate issued by the classification society. In part two of our article series, we shall describe type approval and what it means to our customers.