Japanese Classification Society ClassNK has released “Guidelines for Remote Surveys Ver. 2.0”, including a class notation requirement for the ship with advance preparation for remote surveys.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forcefully shown the importance of digitalization through remote surveys, allowing for business continuity, particularly during challenging times that may create scheduling conflicts, personnel or logistical issues.
The “Guidelines for Remote Surveys” resulted from ClassNK work on the advancement of surveys using digital technology in line with its R&D roadmap and Digital Grand Design 2030.
Incorporating outcomes of investigation and examination for providing the standards in the application of remote surveys to ensure reliability equivalent to conventional witness surveys with transparency, the guidelines have described the types of surveys that can be applied, the types and amounts of information required for remote surveys, and the requirements for the use of ICT.
In the Ver. 2.0, ClassNK has made revision for the clarification of selection of equipment and communication infrastructure, and the class notation requirement for the ship with advance preparation for remote surveys, such as procedures for crew members as well as the description review for category of remote surveys and applicable survey items.