The biggest story in the world still remains Coronavirus, and the impact it is having on every part of our lives.
COVID-19 is still having an impact on ship repair, but many yards have learned lessons from the first wave and are still managing to keep operating. There are still issues with travel restrictions, resulting in the number of remote surveys being conducted by both OEMs and class societies steadily rising. Technology has been accelerated in many cases, with companies stepping up to the plate to offer new ways of doing things. Will we see surveys going back to being conducted the way they were before the pandemic? Unlikely, as the technology has proven that whilst there might be some disadvantages, which will be overcome in time, the advantages are likely to outweigh them.
In Face the Facts, we hear how COVID-19 has impacted the work of a number of class societies. Patrick Ryan from ABS explains how owners are now able to access class services in real time and see survey options for their vessels in a broader context. Laurent Hentges, VP of Operational Excellence and Information Services at BV, shows how surveyors in BV Remote Survey Centres worldwide are able to connect with crewmembers to assess vessel compliance.
Tijmen Klamer, Head of Section, Class Systematics Data and Operation Centre at DNV GL – Maritime, shares how DNV GL were able to ramp up an already successful existing service to ensure safety and regulatory compliance.
In On the Line we hear how Hempel and AkzoNobel are doing their best to navigate an unpredictable marine market.
In Focus features underwater advances in coating inspection using ROVs for underwater hull inspections, and a hull condition monitoring solution.
Area Review highlights Northern Europe, with updates from Harland & Wolff, A&P, Babcock, Cammell Laird, Damen, Remontowa, SMS and MJR Power.
In Analysis, we take a look at tanker and containership repairs with Remontowa, SKF and Hydrex featuring.
Mechanical Matters provides details of a major engine overhaul, naval propulsion repairs, Arctic thrusters and Cutterhead shaft bearing upgrades, and an engine performance monitoring and diagnostic software fleet-wide installation.
Worldwide features repair updates from Gibdock, Multimarine, Colombo, Keppel, Scana, SGS and Palumbo.
The issue concludes with latest News from around the world.