Working at the Forefront of Global Maritime R&D in Singapore

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ClassNK’s new Global Research and Innovation Center (GRIC) in Singapore is the Tokyo-based class society's first research center outside Japan, and it represents a milestone in the continuing global expansion of their organization's vast research and development activities. The GRIC's opening in February of this year coincided with a new Memorandum of Understanding with the … [Read more...]

SMS: Making Light Work of Maritime Safety Compliance

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New technology is and will continue to be offered as the answer to many of shipping’s safety and environmental challenges – including training. At the same time, shipping’s audit trail grows longer it seems with each passing regulation, and the call for relief from the administrative burden on operational staff now reverberating as an industry rallying cry. The irony is … [Read more...]

ClassNK Retakes Top Classification Spot

In March 2014, the SLNC PAX, owned by Schuyler Line Navigation Company, became the first U.S.-flagged vessel to be classed by ClassNK. Photo courtesy SLNC

International classification society ClassNK has retaken the top spot as the world’s largest classification society. ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda released their 2014 registration statistics during its annual Japanese press conference held in Tokyo on March 17. The latest figures show that over 366 million deadweight tons are now registered with ClassNK, … [Read more...]

ClassNK’s New Tonnage Tops 20 Million Again in 2014

In March 2014, the SLNC PAX, owned by Schuyler Line Navigation Company, became the first U.S.-flagged vessel to be classed by ClassNK. Photo courtesy SLNC

International classification society ClassNK has announced its fourth straight year registering new tonnage in excess of 20 million gt in 2014, with 833 new vessels for a combined total of 21,466,272 gt. Despite a global downturn in the newbuilding markets which, according to Clarkson Research Services figures, has seen deliveries fall by an estimated 15%, ClassNK says it … [Read more...]

ClassNK invests in the Wind Energy Institute of Tokyo

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Tokyo – Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has further strengthened its renewable energy activities by agreeing to form a capital alliance with the Wind Energy Institute of Tokyo Inc. (WEIT) (President and Representative Director: Akihiro Suzuki) on 15 January. Based on the agreement, ClassNK will acquire around 30% of WEIT’s shares … [Read more...]

USMRC and ClassNK to Team Up on Maritime R&D projects

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December 9, 2014 – Middletown, R.I. – The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) in Middletown, Rhode Island and ClassNK, a leading ship classification society based in Tokyo, Japan, are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) laying out a framework for future technical cooperation to carry out joint research and development activities for … [Read more...]

ClassNK Approves New Japanese Dual Fuel Engine

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ClassNK has granted approval to the design of the new 28AHX-DF dual-fuel engine developed by Niigata Power Systems Co., Ltd. The new engine is slated to be used as the main engine on a new LNG-fueled tugboat being built by Keihin Dock Co., Ltd. for NYK Line. The vessel will be Japan’s first LNG fueled vessel, excluding LNG carriers.  Last year, Keihin Dock Co delivered … [Read more...]