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


*+-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 […]

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 […]

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, representing 21% […]

ClassNK invests in the Wind Energy Institute of Tokyo


*+-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 […]

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

ClassNK Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara (left) and USMRC President Brian Holden (right)

*+-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 […]

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 […]

ClassNK Approves Floating Hydrogen and CO2 Storage Vessel Concept

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*+-Floating production, storage and offloading vessels, FPSOs, have been around for decades allowing operators to produce oil from an offshore field and transfer the cargo to a ship.  There’s even one such vessel that produces and offloads liquefied petroleum gas offshore Angola and the world’s first LNG FPSO (FLNG) is well on its way to be commissioned […]

SPOTD: DSME Delivers Al Kout to Kuwait Oil Tanker Company

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*+-The VLCC Al Kout was delivered last week by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) as part of a series of vessels constructed for the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC). The 165,178 gross ton vessel was built under ClassNK Rules and Regulations and is the final vessel of the four VLCCs and one Aframax […]

ClassNK Completes Forensic Study of MOL Comfort Structural Failure

MOL Comfort breaks in two

*+-With known weather and sea conditions at the time of the breakup, finite element modeling conducted by Japanese classification society ClassNK showed that the MOL Comfort’s hull should have had no problem handling the stress.  Nevertheless, the 8,000 TEU-class MOL Comfort suffered a hull girder fracture amidships on June 17, 2013, eventually split into two sections, […]