Wednesday, September 6, 2000
Harland & Wolff is in arbitration with Global Marine over Global Marine's failure to make a delivery installment payment on the vessel
First oceangoing U.S-flag newbuilding to DNV Class
DNV secured classification of the vessel soon after obtaining additional statutory authorizations from the U.S. Coast Guard. However, the society received the class request from Halter Marine, Inc. before these authorizations were obtained. DNV says this is evidence of Halter's confidence that they would be obtained and in DNV for class services.
Previously, DNV has classed a number of HSLC passenger ferries, also U.S. flag, that were built in the U.S. Halter Marine's readiness to exercise its freedom to choose classification societies is hailed as "a ground breaking move," by DNV. It says that the U.S. maritime industry as a whole will gained from increased competition based upon safety, customer service, and technical competence. This, says DNV, opens the door for a number of advancements for U.S. yards and owners, such as:
The U.S. Coast Guard will also enjoy many of these benefits.
"Landing this project and obtaining the U.S. Coast Guard authorizations was a tremendous effort. Now, as we look ahead, we are confident that we can deploy similar efforts, maintain a high performance level on this project and, hopefully, earn future U.S. flag newbuilding contracts. Indeed, I am proud to note that DNV is a significant player in the U.S. maritime community", says DNV's Blaine Collins.