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20 Dec 2018

MOL Conducts Test of Class Survey Using Drones

Pic: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that it participated in a demonstration test of ship class survey using aerial drones to inspect an MOL-operated coal carrier in service, along with Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), Hitachi Systems, and Mitsui Co.According to MOL, the demonstration test included a simulated ship inspection inside the cargo hold and ballast tank (which holds water used to balance the ship when it is not carrying cargo), using video shot from an aerial drone.The test verified the effectiveness of using drones to monitor rust…

05 Dec 2018

ClassNK Opens New Survey Office in Italy

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Leading classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, also known by the brand name 'ClassNK', has opened a new exclusive survey office in Reggio Calabria, Italy with operations beginning 5 December, 2018.Reggio Calabria, located in Southwest Italy, faces the Strait of Messina which crosses through the Italian Peninsula and Sicily. In recent years, the number of surveys and audits required in the southern part of Italy and Malta has been increasing.Through the opening of its latest office…

28 Nov 2018

NYK to Demonstrate Tidal Energy in Singapore

Turbines. Image: NYK Line

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Japanese telecom giant MTI have reached an agreement to participate in a long-term demonstration of tidal energy being sponsored by MAKO Energy and Sentosa Development Corporation, which will provide the demonstration site.The demonstration will start next spring in a first-time attempt to commercialize tidal energy in Singapore.MAKO Energy is the Singapore-based subsidiary of Elemental Energy Technologies, a tidal turbine developer that has interest and expertise in the area of renewable energy solutions, particularly tidal power and its applications.

18 Nov 2018

Work‘bots’: Autonomous Vessels Arrive

Metal Shark: Metal Shark join forces with L3 ASV Global to introduce “Sharktech” 
Autonomous Vessels.

The near-shore and inland workboat fleet is at the leading edge for autonomous vessel developmentWhile the advent of autonomous workboats are not exactly mainstream, you better believe that in the not-too-distant future they will be a reality on waterways in and around the U.S. Today there remain more questions than answers, particularly on the legal, logistics and insurance side of the coin. But the technology is evolving at record pace, providing many in the industry with mixed emotions. Excitement. Controversy. Curiosity. Skepticism.

12 Nov 2018

ClassNK, TÜV Rheinland Partner for Cybersecurity

 From left, Tobias Schweinfurter, President and CEO, TÜV Rheinland Japan, Dr. Michael Fübi, Chairman, TÜV Rheinland, Koichi Fujiwara, President & CEO, ClassNK  (Photo: ClassNK)

ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland have concluded a worldwide partnership agreement for cybersecurity services.ClassNK is a classification society which carries out surveys to help ensure the safety of vessels and marine structures, and has many achievements involving the certification of ship equipment. TÜV Rheinland is a leader in testing, inspection and certification services providing digital services for safety, cybersecurity and privacy. Earlier, ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland built a…

07 Nov 2018

ClassNK Awards ISO14001 Certification to ONE

(From left) Mr. Koichi Fujiwara, President and CEO of ClassNK. Mr Jeremy Nixon, CEO of Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. Photo: ONE

The Japanese global transport company Ocean Network Express (ONE) has been awarded the International Organization for Standard ization (ISO) 14001:2015 certification by ClassNK.The international containers shipping company headquartered in Singapore said in a press release that the certificate delivering ceremony held on 5th November 2018 at ONE (Marina One East Tower, Singapore).This internationally-recognised certification demonstrates that ONE’s Environmental Management System has met the global best practices and the company’s commitment to reduce its impact on the environment…

06 Nov 2018

Eco Marine Power, ClassNK to Collaborate

EnergySail. Image: Eco Marine Power

In another significant move towards commercial release of the EnergySail, Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced that it has begun collaboration with ClassNK (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai) to confirm design requirements and issues related to sea trials.According to a press release from the renewable energy tech company, the goal is to pave the way to the full commercial production of the EnergySail and thus complete the preparation of technologies required for the release of EMP’s Aquarius Marine…

29 Oct 2018

NKAC & the Dawn of the 'Digital Twin'

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ClassNK Archive Center (NKAC) has stored the first Ship Construction Files (SCF) complying with IMO Global Based Standards (GBS) for the NACKS-built 311,000 DWT VLCC delivered on October 26, 2018, managed by MOL Tankship Management (Asia) Pte. Ltd.To encourage design transparency and help ensure safety throughout the life of vessels, SOLAS regulation II-1/3-10 entered into force in 2012, requiring SCF complying with IMO GBS to be provided by shipyards on a new ship’s delivery and kept on board and/or ashore.

25 Oct 2018

ClassNK Releases Amendments to Class Rules

Classification society ClassNK has announced that it released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships on October 25, 2018.ClassNK is constantly revising its Rules and Guidance in order to reflect the latest results from relevant research and development projects, feedback from damage investigations, requests from industry as well as changes made to relevant international conventions, IACS unified requirements (UR), national regulations…

24 Oct 2018

MOL Chooses NAPA for 80 of Its Time-Chartered Bulk Carriers

Photo: NAPA

NAPA, a leading maritime software, services and data analysis provider has announced that it has signed an agreement with MOL (Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.) to provide performance analysis and reporting for 80 of MOL’s time-chartered bulk carriers with NAPA Fleet Intelligence.NAPA Fleet Intelligence combines NAPA’s naval architectural expertise and proprietary data modelling with open source data and MOL’s own reports to produce industry-leading analytics and actionable insights with zero onboard installation.

12 Oct 2018

ClassNK Updates Emissions Reporting Portal

Classification society ClassNK has released ClassNK MRV Portal (IMO DCS), a software service for the reporting, monitoring and verification of shipping CO2 emissions in line with the IMO DCS regulations that will come into effect in 2019.The implementation of fuel consumption data reporting regulations has been ongoing in an effort to reduce GHG emissions and the EU-MRV (European Union - Monitoring, Reporting, Verification) regulations for ships operating in the EU area began in 2018. The upcoming IMO DCS regulations require all globally operating ships over 5,000GT to collect fuel consumption data and create an annual fuel consumption…

05 Oct 2018

ClassNK: New Guidelines for Vehicles Carriers

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Classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Vehicles Carrier Structures, specifying the technical requirements specifically related to the structural strength assessments of vehicles carriers by using direct calculation.Vehicles carriers are designed with a minimum number of transverse bulkheads and partial bulkheads in order to increase cargo handling efficiency as well as to permit more vehicles to be loaded on board; this, however, means that the structures of such ships are fairly susceptible to racking deformation.

28 Sep 2018

Don’t Wait to Install BWMS -ClassNK

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There are thousands of vessels worldwide that still need to be fitted with ballast water management systems (BWMS), and regulatory deadlines are only drawing nearer.Owners and operators who have yet to bring their ships into compliance are better to do so earlier rather than later. This is the advice of classification society ClassNK, who analyzed the retrofitting status of its registered ships and confirmed that installation deadlines based on the Ballast Water Management Convention…

13 Jul 2018

Maritime Increasingly "Sends in the DRONES"

David Knukkel, Founder & CEO, RIMS BV. Photo: Courtesy RIMS BV

Drones increasingly take on the dirty, dangerous jobs in maritime. For insight, we spoke with David Knukkel, Founder & CEO, RIMS BVFor our readers not aware, please discuss the size and scope of RIMS BV.RIMS is  a global service provider to help revolutionize maintenance strategies with smart drones and robotic inspections. We offer expertise, as well as the market inspection of enclosed spaces with your drone, (and we have) a lot of experience with inspection of different assets (such as ships…

21 Sep 2018

Helm Operations Joins Volaris Group

Ateet Patel, Portfolio CFO of Volaris Group shakes hands with Ron deBruyne, CEO of Helm Operations.

The marine software developer looks to accelerate growth with new backing from global technology firm.Marine operations software company Helm Operations has been acquired by Toronto-based Volaris Group Inc. (“Volaris”). Volaris specializes in strengthening and growing technology companies and is a leader in the marine software space. Founded in 1999, Helm Operations is widely known as a developer of marine operations software for the workboat market. Following an acquisition by ClassNK in 2014…

27 Jun 2018

ClassNK Releases Annual Report on Port State Control

Image: International Institute of Marine Surveying

Leading classification society ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2017. In line with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, PSC inspections ensure that vessels departing the port meet international standards and have proved to be highly effective in eliminating substandard ships that are in operation.

29 Jun 2018

Eco Marine Power Launches Hybrid Battery Packs

Photo: Eco Marine Power

In cooperation with its strategic partners Furukawa Battery and Teramoto Iron Works, Eco Marine Power (EMP) has announced the release of two UB-50-12 hybrid battery packs for ship, offshore and land-based renewable energy projects. These safe, reliable and recyclable battery packs will be available in 2.4kWh and 3.6kWh configurations. Multiple battery packs can be installed together to provide the amount of energy storage needed from small scale installations to larger energy storage projects.

09 Jul 2018

New ClassNK Guidelines for Liquefied Gas Carrier Structures

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Classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Liquefied Gas Carrier Structures – Independent Prismatic Tanks (Second Edition), which specify the technical requirements specifically related to the structural strength assessments of liquefied gas carriers by using direct calculation.The two components of the Guidelines include the Guidelines for Direct Strength Analysis, and the Guidelines for Fatigue Strength Assessment. The newly released Second Edition contains…

10 Aug 2018

Maritime Thought Leadership: Koichi Fujiwara, ClassNK

Koichi Fujiwara, Chairman, ClassNK

Tokyo-based Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, or ClassNK as it is more commonly known, is one of the world's leading classification societies with 9,104 ships representing 250 million gt under register, as of June 2018. We spoke with Koichi Fujiwara, Chairman, ClassNK, earlier this year in Tokyo for his overview of the market today, and the path forward on technological trends.While Koichi Fujiwara, like many of his colleagues, sees challenging times in the maritime market, he does note that conditions are improving…

29 Aug 2018

ClassNK Awards Class Approval To RIMS

Photo: Rims BV

RIMS (Robotics In Maintenance Strategies) continues in their quest in the practical integration of drone technology in the world maritime surveying with yet another class society approval for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces, this time from ClassNK.Over the past 12 months RIMS have successfully secured class approvals from multiple societies; Bureau Veritas, Lloyd’s Register, ABS, RINA, KRS and now ClassNK.The certification for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces…

23 Aug 2018

ClassNK Targets German Market Growth

Akizumi Miura (Photo: ClassNK)

A ClassNK executive who played a major part in the fourfold increase in the society’s German market share has returned to the Hamburg office as General Manager.Akizumi Miura has returned for his second posting to ClassNK’s survey office in Hamburg, with a brief to further reinforce and continue building the society’s presence in the key German market.During his first posting, between 2011 and 2016, Miura was a pivotal member of the team overseeing the Japanese classification society’s market share in Germany quadruple…

01 Jun 2018

ClassNK Publishes Guidelines for Autonomous Ships

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Classification society ClassNK has released Guidelines for Concept Design of Automated Operation/Autonomous Operation of ships, which incorporates basic elements on concept design safety for automated ship operation systems.Maritime industry efforts to develop automated operation systems for merchant ships aim to improve navigation safety, working conditions on board, ship operation and more.As the onboard operations and duties performed by ships’ crews vary widely, step by step…

07 Jun 2018

ClassNK Publishes New Gas Carrier Guidelines

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Classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Liquefied Gas Carrier Structures – Independent Prismatic Tanks.The guidelines, which are available to download for free from ClassNK’s website, specify the technical requirements specifically related to the structural strength assessments of liquefied gas carriers by using direct calculation.The two components of the guidelines include the Guidelines for Direct Strength Analysis, and the Guidelines for Fatigue Strength…

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