Test of Class Survey Using Drones Demonstrated in Japan

Japanese shipping line Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has participated in a demonstration test of ship class survey using aerial drones to inspect an MOL-operated coal carrier in service. The survey was conducted along with international class society ClassNK, Hitachi Systems, and Mitsui Co. The demonstration included a simulated ship inspection inside the cargo hold and ballast … [Read more...]

200,000 DWT LNG-Powered Bulk Carrier Design Granted Class Approval

Tokyo-based classification society has granted Approval in Principle to NYK Line and Japan Marine United for their joint project on the concept design of an LNG-fueled 200,000 dwt bulk carrier. The design is based on a similar-sized bulk carrier design developed by JMU. The Approval in Principle (AIP) is based on ClassNK's Rule Part GF which adopts IGF Code (regulation … [Read more...]

ClassNK releases updates to Good Maintenance Onboard Ships

Leading classification society ClassNK has just released the latest version of Good Maintenance Onboard Ships (October, 2017). The comprehensive checklist is designed to be used by shipmasters, crew, shipowners, and other key personnel in order to ensure vessels are safe, well-maintained and comply with regulations.   To further improve the quality and efficiency of … [Read more...]

ClassNK Strengthens U.S. Services with Coast Guard ACP Authorization

Japanese classification society ClassNK has received U.S. Coast Guard authorization to participate in the Coast Guard's Alternate Compliance Program (ACP), providing U.S.-flagged shipowners and operators more flexibility when it comes to surveys and inspections of their vessels. The ACP was developed as an alternative method for U.S.-flagged vessels to fulfill the regulatory … [Read more...]