Wednesday, August 23 2000

Cammell Laird and Aker team on FPSO's etc.
Cammell Lairds Holdings PLC and Aker McNulty, a subsidiary of Aker
Maritime, have signed a teaming agreement for offshore floating production conversion work.

Aiming at the resurgent FPSO, FSU and FPU conversion market the
two companies plan to work together on a joint marketing strategy.
They will offer a turn key capability to owners/operators, that will cover all aspects of potential projects.

Advantages claimed for the combined approach include the reduced number of project interfaces that an integrated approach provides as well as the reduced timescales offered as a result of carrying out topsides marine work simultaneously at one location.

On the northeast coast of the U.K., Aker McNulty and Cammell Laird(Tyneside) have already worked together on the Enterprise Pierce Berge Hugin FPSO project and the Kerr-McGee Janice FPU unit.


P&I club warning on California Block Stowage
The London P&I Club has warned its members that some charterers are still trying to persuade masters of bulk carriers loading large steel slabs in China that the controversial California Block Stowage (CBS) configuration is safe, despite indications to the contrary.

CBS involves the loading of large steel slabs one on top of the other, with each slab separated by pieces of dunnage. The slabs are stacked in vertical tiers, with no interlock between adjacent stacks. Care must be taken to ensure that acceptable deck loading parameters are not exceeded.

CBS was first used to speed up loading and discharge on vessels with box-shaped holds, and indeed is still used extensively on such ships. But the question of whether it can be safely used in self-trimming bulk carriers has yet to be resolved.

In the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the London Club notes that many ports in China do not have the banding machines which are used as one of the central elements of a basic CBS operation to secure the top three tiers of steel slabs in the vessel's hold.

There is great potential for the slabs to shift when CBS is used, and the club urges its members to heed the potential dangers which exist when this type of stow is proposed, and to consult reliable sources of information prior to loading such cargoes.

New appointment at LISCR
LISCR, the managing company for the Liberian Registry, has appointed Scott Bergeron as Maritime Operating Officer. Bergeron will be based at LISCR's offices in Virginia, and will take over from Jerry Smith, who oversaw the establishment of LISCR and the transition of the Liberian Registry to LISCR's management.

Smith will remain with LISCR as a consultant, with special responsibility for relations with IMO and other international organizations. "Helping to set-up LISCR and assuming the task of managing the Liberian Registry has been a huge challenge," says Smith. "We succeeded, and the registry is developing actively. It is a good time for me to go back to what I like doing best, which is speaking out for the interests of the Liberian Registry and the owners who use it."

Bergeron has been Quality Manager for Laurin Maritime since 1993, reporting to its President and Board of Directors on all matters relating to ship performance, quality procedures and general operations. Bergeron brings to LISCR a background in ship inspections, having worked in this area for both the US Coastguard and Det Norske Veritas and, most importantly, a background in commercial operations. He graduated from Kings Point and has sailed on a number of merchant ships. "Scott will assist in providing the LISCR management with an essential link between its team of experienced professionals and his own experience of managing and operating ships. I welcome his appointment and the chance to work with him to promote some of the ideals we share for the Liberian fleet," Smith said today.


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