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need to be examined soon enough to determine such issues as who is actually in control and who is responsible in case of accidents. New kinds of insurance-related problems will also emerge.” NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR SHIPS AND INSPECTORS Mr. Olli Kaljala, Country Chief Executive INDUSTRY MARINE BUSINESS for Finland at Bureau Veritas, confirms that drawing up new regulations often takes a lot of time. Before new international rules are in force, some shipping companies go for- ward with new technologies. To support this development BV creates also Rule Notes which can be adopted. ”If a ship utilising new technlogy has to be classified before new classification regulations are ready, voluntary sets of rules may be taken into use. Shipowners may decide to adhere to such rules even if they are non-binding.” ”These days, such temporary sets of rules are often utilised in relation to issues of safety, or protection of the envi- ronment.” ”For one, fuel cell technology is grad- ually becoming an option for powering maritime vessels. Some small-scale applica- tions already exist,” Mr. Kaljala says. New regulations may also be needed in the fields of energy efficiency, energy storage, autonomous vessels, reduction of particle emissions, and so forth. ”Before autonomous ships become Creative services for shipbuilders and shipowners commonplace, a lot of testing in limited Newbuilding support areas will be needed. In the meantime, Information management there probably will be many ’intelligent ships’ that are partly autonomous but Basic and detail design still have at least small operating crews Technology and operability support onboard. Remote operation systems will also become more advanced and more secure.” According to Mr. Kaljala, new tech- nology will not be utilised only by ships but also by the ship classification inspectors. Concept design Environmental retrofit support ”Already, we have tested eg. using drones for examining the inside surfaces of large oil tanks on tanker ships. Such inno- vations are opening up new possibilities for ship classification work, too.” Q seatec 2/2018 43