ClassNK Head Attends KOTC Delivery Ceremony
Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK attended the delivery ceremony for the M/T Al Yarmouk, constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) and delivered to Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. S.A.K. (KOTC) in Geoje, Korea on August 25, 2014. The 317,300DWT very large crude carrier (VLCC), named the M/T Al Yarmouk following its delivery to KOTC, was built as Hull No. 5391 at DSME under ClassNK Rules and Regulations and in line with KOTC’s strict standards on safety and environmental performance.
ClassNK Celebrates 200m GT Mark in New York
NEW YORK – On November 27, 2012 Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) chairman Noboru Ueda and colleagues hosted a festive reception for local shipping executives and guests at the Four Seasons Hotel New York in celebration of Class NK’s passing of the 200 million gross ton mark, making it the largest classification society in the world by this measure. The highlight of the night: the Japanese 'kagamiwari' ceremony, or breaking of the Saki cask, which is a traditional ceremony to mark momentous occasions.
ClassNK's Ueda Earns Global Lifetime Achievement Award
ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda was honored with the Global Lifetime Achievement Award at the Shipping Marine and Ports 2014 Leadership & Excellence Awards on February 10, 2014 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the maritime industry. The awards ceremony is held every two years by Jasubhai Media in conjunction with the SMP World Expo to recognize excellence in such fields as innovation, safety, and education within the maritime industry. The awards ceremony was held at the Lalit Hotel in Mumbai, and was attended by 160 representatives from throughout the Indian and global maritime industry.
ClassNK Mr. Ueda Speech as IACS Chairman at CMA Shipping
March 23 (Tokyo) – ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda recently spoke at the CMA Shipping 2011 conference held in Stamford, Connecticut in the U.S. from 21 through 23 March 2011. Mr. Ueda spoke as the Chairman of IACS on the topic of Achieving a Balance in Maritime Regulation: Environmental Regulations. His talk reviewed current regulatory trends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the contributions being made by IACS in this important area. Mr. Ueda spoke during a conference session which also included presentations by the top people of the four industry organizations BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO, and InterManager. During his presentation, Mr.
Release of ClassNK’s Annual Report on Port State Control
ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced the release of ClassNK’s Annual Report on Port State Control for the year 2012. This year’s report is gathering all the data on declarations made to the Society by Port States throughout the world, containing also, among others, the newest statistics published on Tokyo MOU, and furthermore, it includes an annual report related to the ISM Code with detailed information on its application by each country. In addition, this report is downloadable for free from ClassNK’s website.
ClassNK Earns Authorization From Norway
Top class society granted RO status at Tokyo ceremony. The Government of Norway officially recognized ClassNK as its newest Recognized Organization (RO) at a special signing ceremony held at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo on 8 November 2011. Deputy Minister Rikke Lind of Norway’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, and ClassNK Chairman & President Noboru Ueda signed the agreement, which grants the Tokyo-based classification society the authority to perform surveys and issue certificates for Norwegian flagged vessels.
ClassNK President Wins Seatrade Asia Award
ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda was honored with the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award at the Seatrade Asia Awards on June 21, 2013 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the maritime sector in Asia. Held annually by London-based maritime media company Seatrade Communications, the Seatrade Asia Awards recognizes excellence in such fields as innovation, safety, and education within the Asian maritime industry. The awards ceremony was held in the JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong with the attendance of almost 400 people from all over the maritime industry.
ClassNK Marks Historic World Milestone
First in Class to Hit 200 Million Gross Ton Record. ClassNK officially announced that its register had surged past the 200 million gross ton mark on 28 May 2012. ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda announced the historic achievement at a party celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the London office, which was attended by many of the leaders of the maritime community, including IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu and IMIF Chairman Jim Davis CBE. This unprecedented…
ClassNK Unveils New Mid-Term Plan
ClassNK Chairman & President Noboru Ueda revealed that ClassNK, already the world’s largest on a gross ton basis, aimed to have more than 200 million gross tons on its register by the end of 2013 as part of the Society’s new “Global Approach 200” mid-term plan, unveiled in Tokyo today. The plan was officially revealed to the press today following its approval by the ClassNK Administrative Council, which met for the first time since the Society completed its transition to a new legal structure in April of this year. The “Global Approach 200” plan, the first such mid-term plan to be released by ClassNK, lays out 3 key strategic objectives for the society for the period between 2011 to 2013…
ClassNK: Increased Class Leadership on GHG Emissions Needed
ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda called for class societies to play a more central role in the maritime industry’s ongoing efforts to reduce maritime GHG emission during a speech at Sea Asia 2011 in Singapore today. “Classification societies must take a leading role in addressing the challenges of Green House Gas emissions and protecting the environment,” said Mr. Ueda, who is currently serving as the Chairman of IACS, the International Association of Classification Societies.
ClassNK Announces New Appointments to the Board
Japanese ship classification society Nippon Kaijikyorkai (ClassNK) has announced the following changes in its Executive Board of Directors effective March 1. Chairman and President Kenji Ogawa, Executive Vice President Yukio Tsudo, and Managing Director Kazunori Yamanaka have retired, resulting in three new appointments to the board. Chairman and President Mr. Executive Vice President Mr. Executive Vice President Dr. Managing Director Mr. Managing Director Mr. Managing Director Mr. Managing Director Dr. Ogawa will remain with the Society in the role of Honorary Chairman and Mr. Tsudo will remain with the Society in the role of Senior Adviser to the Society.
ClassNK Changes in Executive Board
Japanese ship classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has announced the following changes in its Executive Board of Directors effective 1 March 2010. Executive Vice President Tateo Kaji and Managing Director Fumio Imakita have retired, resulting in two new appointments to the board. Chairman and President Mr. Executive Vice President Dr. Executive Vice President Mr. Managing Director Mr. Managing Director Mr. Managing Director Dr. Managing Director Mr. Mr. Kaji and Mr. Imakita will remain with the Society in the role of Advisors to the Society.
ClassNK New Surveyor Office in Spain
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) announced the opening of a new exclusive surveyor office in Ferrol, Spain. The new office becomes the sixth new office to be opened by the Society in 2010, and the third new office to be established by ClassNK in Europe this year. The new Ferrol Office is ClassNK’s fifth exclusive surveyor office to be opened in Spain, joining existing offices in Bilbao, Algeciras, Barcelona and Las Palmas. Since the beginning of this year, the ClassNK register has grown by more than 8 million gross tons to reach a total of more than 177 million gross tons, further cementing ClassNK’s position as the world’s leading classification society. With the opening of the Ferrol Office, ClassNK now maintains a global network of 115 exclusive surveyor offices around the globe.
ClassNK Earns Authorization From Lithuania
ClassNK (Chairman and President： Noboru Ueda) has announced that it signed an agreement with the Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration on 14 June 2012 granting ClassNK the authority to conduct statutory certifications on behalf of the flag administration. Under the agreement, the Tokyo-based classification society is now authorized to perform surveys and issue certificates in accordance with SOLAS, MARPOL, Load Line, TM69 and other international conventions on behalf of the Lithuanian flag. This agreement makes Lithuania the 105th flag administration to delegate authority for statutory certifications to ClassNK, which became the world’s first classification to have more than 200 million gross tons on its register in May 2012.
ClassNK Releases New Rule Amendments
ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced the release of new amendments to the ClassNK Rules on June 15, 2012. ClassNK constantly reevaluates its Technical Rules and Guidances in order to respond to requests from the maritime industry, incorporate R & D results and feedback from damage investigations, and address new regulations as well as amendments to international conventions and IACS unified requirements. The full text of these amendments is available on…
ClassNK Announces Boardroom Reorganization
Tokyo - Japanese ship classification society Nippon Ippon Kyokai (ClassNK) has announced the following changes in its Executive Board of Directors, effective March 22, 2012. Executive Vice President Hiroshige Kitada has retired, and two executive officers, Tetsushi Agata and Tetsuya Kinoshita, General Managers of the General Affairs Department and Planning Department, respectively, have been promoted to the position of managing director. The board consists of Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President; Toshitomo Matsui, Executive Vice President; Shosuke Kakubari, Executive Vice President; Koichi Fujiwara, Executive Vice President; Takuya Yoneya, Executive Vice President; Yasushi Nakamura, Executive Vice President; Tetsushi Agata, Managing Director; Tetsuya Kinoshita, Managing Director. Dr.
ClassNK Awarded New Authorization
ClassNK (Chairman and President Noboru Ueda) has announced that the Portuguese Flag Adminstration (Instituto Portuário e dos Transportes Marítimos, I.P) and ClassNK entered into an agreement on 29 August 2012. Under the agreement, the Society is now able to perform surveys and issue certificates in accordance with SOLAS, MARPOL, Load Line and other international conventions to all Portuguese flagged vessels and Madeiran flagged vessels, on behalf of those flags administrations.
ClassNK Register Hits 8000 Ships
ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that its register surpassed the 8000 ship milestone, totaling 8036 ships of 206,927,557 gross tons as of the end of August 2012. The Society’s register topped 6000 ships in 1989 and reached 7000 in 2008. With the total number of registered ships topping 8000 vessels this August, more than 1000 ships have been added to the ClassNK Register in just the past 4 years alone In addition to newly built vessels, the large number of vessels transferred from other classification societies has propelled ClassNK’s rapid growth in recent years, and ClassNK remains dedicated to continual improvement of its services to maintain the strong support and trust it has earned from the maritime industry.
ClassNK Establishes its 100th Overseas Survey Office
ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda has announced that on 1 October 2012, 3 new overseas survey offices have opened, bringing the total number of ClassNK’s overseas survey offices over the milestone of a 100 locations. With the establishment of 3 new survey offices, ClassNK’s survey network will be ever more extended, allowing a faster dispatching of surveyors that will result in providing a better service to clients. Furthermore, based on clients’ needs and movements of the market, other survey offices are expected to open in the future.
ClassNK Receives Authorized for Finnish Flag Surveys
Classification society ClassNK has earned authorization from the Finnish Transport Safety Agency to carry out surveys for Finnish flagged vessels. The agreement allows ClassNK to perform surveys for SOLAS, MARPOL, Load Line and other international conventions, as well as perform audits and issue certificates on behalf of the Finnish Government. “Over the past several years we have made a tremendous commitment to improving our operations in Northern Europe and the Baltic region especially. In addition to new and expanded offices in St. With the authorization from Finland, ClassNK is now authorized to perform surveys and audits on behalf of 16 Flag Administrations in the EU, and a total of 110 Flag Administrations throughout the world.
ClassNK Announces PrimeManagement Seminars
ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced that it will be bringing its highly regarded PrimeManagement series of seminars to Turkey and Greece for the first time on November 28 and 29th respectively. The seminars, which are offered free of charge, have drawn large audiences in Japan, the Philippines, India, and other countries where they have been held. PrimeManagment is the collective name for ClassNK’s comprehensive, human-centred approach to maritime HSQE management…
ClassNK Launches Technical Reviews
Accessing the latest research findings or information on new technologies and incoming regulations as they emerge can prove challenging. To help make access easier, leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced the release of its technical review articles through the ClassNK homepage. This comes in response to the growing demand from the global maritime community for access to the latest technical information reports and articles. ClassNK’s technical experts review a wide variety of topics covering new international conventions, technical concepts as well as the latest R&D projects, which are compiled and released in regular reviews.
ClassNK opens Office in Charleston
Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has opened a new exclusive survey office in Charleston, USA with operations beginning 1 January 2016. Charleston is a major port city located in South Carolina and home to one of the fastest growing ports in the USA. It has the deepest channels in the southeast region and plans are underway to increase its depth to 52 feet by 2019 to accommodate the ever-increasing size of containerships. Once the project is complete, Charleston will become the deepest harbor on the east coast.