Classification society ClassNK has amended its rules and guidance for the survey and construction of steel ships.
ClassNK said it regularly revises and amends its rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of life and property at sea, reflecting the latest research and development results, feedback from damage investigations, requests from the industry as well as changes made to relevant international conventions, International Association of Classification Societies
(IACS) Unified Requirements and national regulations.
Amongst the recent amendments was an update to the rules regarding the guidance for temperature gradient ESSO tests (tests for brittle crack arrest toughness) and double tension tests. The amendments are based on the outcome of ClassNK’s joint research project with the iron and steel division of the Japan Welding Engineering Society that was launched in 2010. Through this project, testing criteria for qualitatively evaluating brittle crack arrest properties was established, helping to effectively streamline requirements related to temperature gradient ESSO tests.
Preventing brittle fracture and ensuring brittle crack arrestability are of significant importance in ensuring the structural reliability of steel ships and ClassNK aims
to further enhance the structural integrity of steel ships through
the new amendments.
Amendment // Impetus
- Requirements related to “Arrangement of Fuel Oil Tanks in Machinery Spaces of Category A” // Requests from industry
- Requirements related to “Guidance for Temperature Gradient ESSO Tests and Double Tension Tests” // Recent research and development results
- Requirements related to “Structure of Bilge Keels” // Feedback from damage investigations
- Requirements related to “Strength Calculations for Gears” // Recent changes made to relevant IACS Unified Requirements