Sunday, December 24, 2006



Clean ship, design, operation and environment, I put a question, will be possible to put this three aspects to working in accordance?
IMO is making a big effort issuing rules and directives on this matters to produce the need on Naval Architects, Class Societies and Shipping Companies to come out with new ship designs and concepts more friendly to environment but also for the crews working on it.
Two notations had came, CLEAN and CLEAN DESIGN, until now more than 100 ships where built to these notations with about 70 (information taken from DNV site) sailing now under CLEAN notation, for the stricter CLEAN DESIGN notation 10 ships (information taken from DNV site) where attracted, with 8 now sailing. The ships referred are of all kinds and sizes, from passenger, Ro-Ro, ULCCs and of course the supply and offshore ships where I had contact with this subject through Farstad Shipping my working Company at the moment.

“Design and construction alone will not ensure best environmental practice. The thinking needs to be incorporated in crew’s attitudes and practices. For this reason CLEAN and CLEAN DESIGN notations include requirements for operational procedures, such as log-books etc, in addition to technical design and built-in features. For the initial projects, in particular, this presented some challenges regarding the split of responsibilities for operational procedures. However, as the yards and owners have gained experiences the roles and responsibilities have become clearer.”
Taken from DNV site Author Eivind Haugen.

According guidelines from Farstad the CLEAN DESIGN notation is a target for new buildings and the aim is to establish procedures that come as most as possible environmental friendly with the manuals in electronic form and when possible use of recycled paper. Garbage management plan to be followed as per Company procedures to achieve the maximum possible waste recycling, etc.
Waste segregation starts on board and when facilities ashore don’t provide such service the Master should complain and report to the authorities in the way that measures must be taken.
Quality of life on board must be improved with the use of new kind of equipment to reduce the stress on board like more comfortable accommodations with reduction on engines and thrusters noise levels.
Farstad has at the moment the “Far Saga” with notation CLEAN DESIGN and a new build to be classed the same.

I want to wish a Merry Christmas for all passing their eyes through this blog.

Pict. Far TBN

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