ClassNK, TÜV Rheinland Sign Partnership Agreement
Press release - ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland Group have concluded a worldwide partnership agreement to expand their testing and certification services portfolio and better serve their clients.
ClassNK is a nonprofit classification society with experience in certifying materials and equipment for maritime use, while TÜV Rheinland is a product testing and certification body. Both certification bodies operate globally.
Advances in technology and economic growth mean that more and more materials and equipment are being designed for both onshore and maritime installations. Manufacturers of this dual-use equipment face lengthy and costly testing and certification processes before their products can be placed on the market.
ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland will now provide one-stop testing and certification to clients of materials and equipment used on board ships and on shore to reduce the double burden for manufacturers. This partnership appoints TÜV Rheinland testing laboratories as ClassNK’s partner testing facilities, allowing clients of ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland to contact either partner to obtain the necessary product testing and certifications for onboard and onshore use.
This isn’t the first time the two parties have joined forces. In 2013, ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland embarked on a partnership to enhance their wind turbine certification services. The agreement facilitated collaboration on type approvals, project approvals, testing facilities, development of measuring methods, and certification of hybrid power generation systems.