ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore Sign Collaborative Agreement

Posted by Eric Haun
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Right: Mr.Yasushi Nakamura (ClassNK), Left: Mr.Warwick Smith (Rio Tinto Iron Ore)

Classification society ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore (part of the Rio Tinto Group, one of the world’s largest metal and mining companies), announced that they have signed a collaborative agreement focused on the safe carriage of iron ore.

The agreement was signed at a ceremony held after a meeting of executives from both companies at the Rio Tinto Japan office on 3 December 2013. ClassNK Executive Vice President Yasushi Nakamura and Warwick Smith, Managing Director, Sales and Marketing for Rio Tinto Iron Ore, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations.

Rio Tinto has a diverse portfolio of metals and minerals, including aluminum, copper, diamonds, thermal and metallurgical coal, uranium, gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide and salt) and iron ore. Rio Tinto Marine, established in 1996, provides ocean freight services to the Rio Tinto group, with a key focus on ensuring high operational and safety standards.

ClassNK is one of the world’s leading classification societies, providing safety and certification services for more than 8,500 vessels representing more than 20% of the world’s merchant fleet in terms of tonnage. ClassNK is also the leading classification society in the dry bulk sector and is entrusted with the safety of more than one-third of the world’s bulk carrier fleet including the industry’s largest share of Capesize and Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOCs), which carry the majority of the world’s solid bulk cargoes.

The agreement signed between ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore provides the framework for cooperative research on safe maritime transport of iron ore.

After the signing ceremony, ClassNK Executive Vice President Yasushi Nakamura said, “Both Rio Tinto and ClassNK have decades of specialized knowledge and expertise related to the maritime transport of solid bulk cargoes. By signing this agreement we hope to share this rich history and knowledge to benefit the entire maritime community.”

Mr. Smith joined Mr. Nakamura in highlighting the importance of the agreement, saying, “This agreement realizes mutually beneficial collaboration with one of the leading classification societies, and I hope it will expand into a wider range of cooperative research on maritime safety of other products shipped by the Rio Tinto Group.”

ClassNK support for the project is being carried out as part of its Joint R&D for Industry program, which has provided funding and research support for more than 250 joint maritime R&D projects since its inception in 2009.

Maritime Reporter September 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Danelec Marine Expands in Brazil

Press release - Danelec Marine has announced that it is expanding its presence in Brazil by naming Telnav Telecomuniçacões Navais a Certified Service Center. With

MARAD Backs Emissions Reduction Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it will provide more than $1 million to support the development of two new emission-reducing maritime solutions.

Michelle Obama to Christen Navy's Newest Submarine

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama will join builder General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, in christening Illinois (SSN-786), the U.


Baltic Index Slips as Demand Falls

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Monday as demand dropped across all vessel categories.

Becker Marine, Kotug Sign MOU for LNG Hybrid Barge

Press release - Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017.

SSL Expands into Finland for Höegh Autoliners

Höegh Autoliners has appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL) as its agent in Finland from December 1, 2015. SSL, which has worked with Höegh Autoliners


Supramx Ship Delivered to Seanergy

Dry Bulk shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced today the delivery of a 56,819 dwt Supramax dry bulk vessel, renamed M/V Gladiatorship.   The vessel,

Danelec Marine Expands in Brazil

Press release - Danelec Marine has announced that it is expanding its presence in Brazil by naming Telnav Telecomuniçacões Navais a Certified Service Center. With

US Orders EPA to Rewrite Ship Ballast Water Dumping Rules

A federal appeals court in New York ordered the government to rewrite its rules regulating the discharge of ballast water by ships, in a victory for environmental

Classification Societies

New Class Rules Favor Seawater Lubricated Props

Classification societies are changing their monitoring rules for seawater-lubricated propeller shafts in line with the rules governing the inspection and withdrawal

SubM Debut Now Set for February 2016

Outsourcing, E-Solutions Help Mariners “Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say, and Prove it.” The perennial “Year of Subchapter M” has been kicked forward again, this time to February 2016.

DNV GL Publishes New Classification Rule Set

DNV GL's new rules for classification of ships become publicly available online today following a development and review process involving 250 internal experts

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1908 sec (5 req/sec)