New Rules to Enhance Safety of Large Containerships

  The International Association of Classifications Societies (IACS) has announced the adoption of new rules to further improve the safety of Large Container Ships by enhancing consistency between pre-existing Class Society requirements. The new rules are combined within a single new Unified Requirement, known as UR S11A, and includes three new safety measures that … [Read more...]

ABS Releases Updated Guidance on LNG Fuel and Bunkering in North America

International classification society ABS has released updated guidance on LNG Bunkering in North America as the transport sector continues its rapid transition to cleaner burning fuels in response to new emissions regulations. ABS released the second edition of Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-fueled Marine Vessels in North America on Tuesday, building on the first edition … [Read more...]

ClassNK Retakes Top Classification Spot

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...]

DNV GL Welcomes World’s Largest Containership to Class

DNV GL on Thursday announced that it has welcomed the MSC Oscar containership into its class, which at 19,224 TEU is the world's largest containership by carrying capacity. The MSC Oscar was delivered to MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Geoje, South Korea, in January and is already plying its trade on the new … [Read more...]

ClassNK’s New Tonnage Tops 20 Million Again in 2014

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...]