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Verification for the Material and Equipment containing Asbestos

ClassNK- TEC 0904 In accordance with SOLAS Chapter II-1/Reg. 3-5, new installation of materials which contain asbestos shall be prohibited for all ships from 1 July 2002, except for some cases, e.g., gaskets used under high temperature, etc, and further, those exceptions are not accepted from 1 January 2012.Meanwhile, IMO pointed out that materials which contain asbestos are still newly installed onboard ships. In response to this, IACS adopted Unified Interpretation UI SC249 which requires the confirmation of asbestos-free declarations and supporting documentation as a verification method for asbestos-free.This Unified Interpretation is deliberated upon by the IMO at the 90th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC90) held from 16 May 2012 to 25 May 2012, where it is expected to approved. When IMO agrees with this UI, ClassNK will act accordingly and incorporate UI SC249 into our Rules as follows;(1) New ships: applied to ships constructed on or after 1 July 2012 Please submit asbestos-free declarations and supporting documentation for equipment, component, etc. which are installed for ships constructed on or after 1 July 2012 to ClassNK site office.(2) Existing ships: applied to the first periodical survey on or after 1 July 2012i) Please prepare asbestos-free declarations and supporting ...

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ClassNK and NAPA in SEEMP deal

Energy Efficiency Management Plan project will also involve Imabari'shipping and shipbuilding arms Japanese classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) and major ship design and operations software house are to collaborate to provide the most comprehensive solution for Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP).The SEEMP solution will combine modules to optimise trim, route and speed optimisation and weather routing with an analytical service to offer operational efficiency and decision support. The system is intended to allow owners and operators to respond quickly and adapt operations in real-time to "capitalise on latent efficiencies within operations in order to increase eco-efficiency and reduce fuel consumption as a solution for SEEMP".A statement says: "The collaborative solution builds upon the in-depth understanding of ship performance in practice delivered by two world-leading companies in their respective fields. By sharing their expertise, this co-operation will provide an unrivalled service for ship owners, operators and shipbuilders across the globe seeking to rationalise energy consumption and emissions, reduce fuel costs and find an effective solution for SEEMP, for which regulation will come into force on 1st January 2013, ultimately mitigating the environmental impact of operations."ClassNK and NAPA say that they are working closely with Japan's largest shipbuilder, Imabari Shipbuilding, ...

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ClassNK updates class rules and guidance for steel ships

012 edition of the 'Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships ClassNK has announced the release of the 2012 edition of the 'Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships'.ClassNK says it continuously reviews, updates, and amends its technical rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of life and property at sea, and to protect the marine environment. This year's edition of the rules and guidance contains a number of amendments made in 2011, reflecting its latest research results, damage investigations and analysis of actual cases, amendments to statutory rules and regulations, and requests from the maritime industry. These amendments include the following:New requirements for container ships New rules for methods to fix attachments to the corners of cargo hatchesNew requirements for Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS)New requirements for work-shipsSource: ClassNK

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ClassNK issues SEEMP certificates

Approval of NYK Line and Semih Sohtorik ClassNK is part of a voluntary SEEMP certification programme Japanese classification society ClassNK has issued its first certification for Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP). They are for Japanese shipowner NYK Line and Turkish ship management company Semih Sohtorik Management & Agency Inc (SSMA).ClassNK notes that new amendments to Annex VI of the Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) related to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from ships were adopted at the 62nd session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in July 2011. The amendments require both new and existing ships with a gross tonnage of 400 tons or greater engaged on international voyages to retain a SEEMP onboard on or after 1 January 2013.In order to assist shipowners and managers comply with the new requirements, ClassNK has begun offering a voluntary SEEMP certification programme, and the certification of NYK Line and SSMA is part of that.ClassNK says in statement that, as part of the certification process, it carried out a thorough examination of both company's SEEMPs and verified that the contents and procedures for improving the energy efficiency of their ships included in their plans were in accordance ...

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Fall Preventer Devices (FPDs) for the UK Flagged vessels

ClassNK -TEC 0899 ClassNK issues Technical Information TEC-0899 regarding Fall Preventer Devices (FPDs) for the UK Flagged vessels as follows:The UK Government has notified ClassNK of the special requirement for fall preventer devices (FPDs) for lifeboats on board UK flagged vessels (MGN 445 (M+F)).The UK Government strongly urges that all UK vessels fitted with lifeboat on-load release systems (LRRS) should be equipped with FPDs in accordance with MSC.1/Circ.1327 pending the evaluation of the systems for compliance with the requirements of the revised LSA Code.For more information, click here.Source: ClassNK

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MPA Instruction to prevent PSC detention for Singapore Ships

ClassNK - TEC 0897 ClassNK issues Technical Information TEC - 0897 regarding MPA Instruction to prevent PSC detention for Singapore Ships as follows:Please note that, on 15 February 2012, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) issued Preventive action against PSC ship detention at a foreign port and especially at Australian ports as per the message from MPA with Ref. No.FSC5.02. Please see the attachment for details.MPA's main requirements are as follows:1. For all the Singaporean ships under your management, execution of Thorough Inspection (including ISM matters) by Company's shore personnel or Ship's senior officers and rectification of deficiency/ non conformity.In case where any serious deficiency/ non-conformity which can not be rectified immediately is found, reporting to MPA, ClassNK and PSC at calling port,2. Prior to the entry into Australian port, submission of Master's Declaration to MPA, on completion of thorough inspection and no serious deficiency/ non conformity which is not rectified or reported.For more information, click here.Source: ClassNK

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ClassNK Issues Approval for Friction Stir Welding with Floating Bobbin Tool

Expected to be widely used in shipbuilding ClassNK announced yesterday that it had issued an approval for a friction stir welding (FSW) method using a floating bobbin tool to IHI Corporation. The approval certifies that this new method complies with ClassNK's Guidelines on Friction Stir Welding. IHI is considering applying this welding method to the aluminum sections of LNG carriers and/or FLNGs cargo tanks such as the IHI-SPB tank, which had been independently developed by IHI group at its Aichi Works.FSW is currently becoming a popular method used in the fields of railcar, automobile and airplane construction, thanks to its superiority to arc welding in a number of aspects. Key advantages of FSW are that it does not produce arc and fume at the time of welding and provides relative control over welding deformation. Its application is now limited to low melting point materials such as aluminum alloy or magnesium alloy because of the friction heat generated in the welding process. However, it is expected to be widely used in shipbuilding in relation to the construction of aluminum alloy structures.Furthermore, this welding method is equipped with a solution to one of the common defects in FSW. Generally, a rod-like tool ...

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ClassNK Releases Second Edition of ‘Guidelines for the Safe Carriage of Nickel Ore ‘

ClassNK updates these guidelines- proposes appropriate stability and hull strength criteria ClassNK has released a new revised edition of its "Guidelines for the Safe Carriage of Nickel Ore" which was first released in May 2011 in response to major marine casualties caused by a loss of stability as a result of the liquefaction of nickel ore. This first edition summarized operational precautions and recommendations from past findings for the prevention of such liquefaction.However, ClassNK decided to update these guidelines to provide an even greater level of support to the maritime community. Under the provisions of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, vessels can carry cargoes subject to liquefaction even if the moisture content is in excess of the transportable moisture limit (TML), as long as the ship is "specially constructed or fitted to carry the cargo, and if evidence of approval by the Administration is stored on board the ship (Ref.*1 and*2 of IMSBC Code)". And yet, no special international criteria or standards have ever been established to govern this approval.With this in mind, ClassNK has proposed appropriate stability and hull strength criteria, and incorporated them into "Guidelines for the Safe Carriage of Nickel Ore ". ...

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Fall Preventer Devices (FPDs) for the Norwegian Flagged vessels

ClassNK - TEC 0893 The Norwegian Government has notified ClassNK of the special requirement for fall preventer devices (FPDs) for lifeboats on board Norwegian flagged vessels as follows.The Norwegian Government requires the Fall Preventer Devices (FPDs) which comply with MSC.1/Circ.1327 for all Norwegian Flagged vessels, until such time as the lifeboat release and the retrieval systems (LRRS) have undergone the necessary design review and performance test, and have been either confirmed compliant with the relevant requirements of the revised LSA Code or replaced with compliant devices.Quote of Instruction to Class (dated 19 January 2012)Until existing types of on-load release and retrieval systems for lifeboats are verified to be in compliance with the LSA code as amended by Res. MSC.320(89), or replaced with compliant on-load release and retrieval systems for lifeboats, on all ships such systems should upon confirmation by the lifeboat/davit, manufacturer be fitted with FPDs. If the lifeboat or davit manufacturer is no longer available, the advice of a qualified independent service provider be sought.Source: ClassNK

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ClassNK Releases New Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships

Leading Class Society Aims to address Safety Measures for use of Natural Gas as Ship Fuel As regulations curbing atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gas emissions grow stricter amid stronger calls for a greener shipping industry, attention is turning to the potential of natural gas as a cleaner alternative to liquid fuel oil.Liquefied natural gas is widely used on vessels designed to transport the commodity and has started to be introduced on other types of ships. Around 30 vessels, including many Norwegian ferries and offshore support ships in theNorth Sea, are powered by LNG with takeup of the fuel expected to increase in the near future.The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed the International Code of Safety for ships using gases or other low flash-point fuels (IGF Code) to govern safety aspects of the application of natural gas for propulsion and auxiliary purposes.In these new ClassNK guidelines, requirements for the design of natural gas fuelled ships have been specified based on the current draft of the IGF Code. The guidelines provide comprehensive information on key design features including bunkering, hull structure, fire safety, and explosion prevention measures."One of our most important missions as a classification society is to help ensure the ...

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