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Maintenance, inspection and test of Fire-Protection Systems and Appliances

On board the Marshall Islands flagged ships - ClassNK TEC - 0874 The Marshall Islands Government has informed ClassNK of Marine Notice No.2-011-14 Rev4/11, "Maintenance and Inspection of Fire Protection system and Appliances". The essential points of the Notice are shown below.Main points of changes are as follows1. Fixed CO2 Fire-Extinguishing Systems- Hydrostatic testing of high pressure cylinders All cylinders at 20 years interval 10% cylinders at 10 years interval.- Flexible hosesTo be replaced at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer or every 10 years2. Hydrostatic testing of EEBDFor more information, click here.Source: ClassNK

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The Mediterranean Sea – Requirement for Ballast Water Management

ClassNK - TEC 0875 BWM.2/Circ.35 has been issued by IMO to inform that a communication has been submitted from the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) regarding a ballast water management guideline in the sea area.The ships entering the Mediterranean Sea area are encouraged to apply the guidelines on a voluntary basis as from 1st January 2012. And the guideline includes ballast water exchange according to the standard set out in the D-1 Standard of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments.Each vessel calling at a port within the Mediterranean Sea area is required to have on board a Ballast Water Management Plan complying with requirements of the Guidelines for Ballast Water Management and Development of Ballast water Management Plans (G4) developed by the IMO and to keep a record of all ballast water operations carried out.Ballast Water Management Plans for vessels registered to ClassNK can be received approval service according to IMO Resolution MEPC.127(53). The necessary number of copies of the plan in addition to one copy for ClassNK should be sent to the below mentioned department for the service.For more information, click here.Source: ClassNK

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Periodical Inspection and Maintenance of Fire-Fighting Systems and Portable Fire Extinguishers

On board Malaysian Flag Vessels - ClassNK TEC 0876 With reference to the periodical inspection and maintenance of fire-fighting systems and portable fire extinguishers on board Malaysian flag vessels, the flag requirements have been informed by ClassNK Technical Information No.TEC-0631 dated 14 June 2005. The Malaysian Government has notified ClassNK of the amended requirements as follows.This ClassNK Technical Information supersedes the previous ClassNK Technical Information No.TEC-0631.1. Periodical inspection and maintenance of fire-extinguishing system (General)(1) All types of permanently installed fire-fighting systems, all types of portable fire extinguishers and breathing apparatus air cylinders must be subjected to periodical inspection and maintenance every year, by authorized service agent or related Malaysian government agency.(2) The attending surveyor may require, if any deficiencies are found as the results of a periodical inspection, certain containers to be, also, tested hydrostatically.(3) Hydrostatic testing is also required after repair.(4) Where the loss of content exceeds 10% for CO2 and 5% for Halon, the container must be recharged.2. Fixed gas fire-extinguishing systems(1) The quantity of medium in containers must be inspected every 12 months.(2) Periodic hydrostatic testing of high-pressure containers must be carried out for not less than 10% of the containers during each 10 years period or ...

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ClassNK earns recognition from Norwegian flag

ClassNK will perform surveys and issue certificates for Norwegian flagged vessels Japan-based classification society ClassNK on Tuesday received recognition for Recognised Organisation (RO) from the government of Norway.The new status grants ClassNK the authority to perform surveys and issue certificates for Norwegian flagged vessels.Noboru Ueda, chairman of ClassNK, said the agreement would "help to build even stronger ties between the two great maritime nations".The new agreement makes Norway the 103rd flag administration to delegate authority for surveys and statutory certificates to ClassNK.ClassNK has more than 190m gross tonnes on its register at the end of September this yearSource: Seatrade Asia

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Enhanced Monitoring Programme for Bahamas- registered ships

ClassNK - TEC 0871 The Bahamas Maritime Authority has notified ClassNK of BMA Information Bulletin No.136 "Enhanced Monitoring Programme" .According to the notification, any ship which has been justifiably detained on more than one occasion in a 24 month period, either by PSC or Flag State, will automatically be placed on the Enhanced Monitoring Programme.Ships which have been placed on the Enhanced Monitoring Programme are subject to Bahamas "special" inspections within one (1) month of being placed on the programme, and at three (3) month periods thereafter. Any ships remaining on the programme after twelve (12) months will be specially reviewed for continued registration in consultation with the Director of the BMA.To view ClassNK TEC- 0871, click here.Source: ClassNK

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Change on the Renewal method of Safety Management Certificate (SMC)

And also on International Ship Security Certificated (ISSC) (except Japanese flag vessels ) Class NK issues Technical Information TEC- 0870 regarding Change on the Renewal method of Safety Management Certificate (SMC) and International Ship Security Certificated (ISSC) (except Japanese flag vessels )as follows:The revision of the ISM Code which came into effect on 1 July 2010 made it possible to extend the validity of existing SMC for 5 months by endorsement on it. ClassNK has revised the form of SMC to be issued on or after 1 July 2010 accordingly to include the column of endorsement for part B 13.13 of the ISM Code.Previously, ClassNK has been issuing short-term SMC valid for 5 months at completion of Renewal audit in the same way at Initial audit or Additional audit. As some of the ships which possess new form SMC are being into the range for renewal, the "Rules for the Audit and Registration of Safety Management Systems" has been revised in order to make it possible to extend the validity of existing SMC for 5 months by the attending auditor's endorsement on it and a new full-term Certificate will be issued within the extended period.To view ClassNK - TEC 0870, ...

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ClassNK releases new Guidelines for SCR Systems and Reductant Agent Supply Systems

New technologies and alternative fuels for emission reduction ClassNK is pleased to announce the release of its new Guideline for SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) Systems and Reductant Agent Supply Systems. The new guidelines address the strengthening of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission regulations as stipulated in amendments to Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973 (MARPOL) which entered into force on 1 July 2010.With these amendments to MARPOL requiring 80% reductions in NOx emissions from diesel engines from 2016, a number of new technologies and alternative fuels are currently being investigated for their emission reduction potential. As SCR systems already have a proven track record in Europe as aftertreatment systems, and as even a single SCR unit can independently reduce NOx emissions by more than 80%, these systems are expected to find wide use in the maritime industry in the near future.As with any new maritime technology, however, clear guidelines and safety protocols for installing, maintaining, and certifying these systems are essential to bringing this exciting new technology into practical use.ClassNK's new Guidelines for SCR Systems and Reductant Agent Supply Systems have been developed in order to support the industry wide effort to safely ...

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ClassNK approves first Type Specific ECDIS course

Type Specific Training Course approval for an ECDIS Training Course offered by FURUNO ClassNK has issued its first Type Specific Training Course approval for an ECDIS Training Course offered by FURUNO INS Training Centre Singapore.The approval, which coincides with the opening of the new training centre, certifies that the course offered by the centre complies with the classification society's new Standard for Maritime Education & TrainingNew requirements for the installation of ECDIS systems will be phased in from 1 July 2012, after which vessels will be required to navigate using ECDIS as their primary chart system.As part of this process, masters and deck officers will be required to undergo adequate training and prove their understanding and proficiency in using the new systems.In addition to the generic ECDIS training required by the STCW Convention and Code, the governments of the UK and Ireland, as well as the Paris MOU, require masters and all deck officers on flag vessels which make use of ECDIS systems as their primary means of navigation to undergo Type Specific ECDIS training for the ECDIS systems used onboard their vessels.In recognition of this growing demand ClassNK developed new certification standards for Type Specific ECDIS training programmes, that ...

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First NK-classed ship with special construction for liquefiable cargoes

In accordance with IMBSC Code Japanese class society ClassNK says that a new vessel is the first to receive approval from the Panama Maritime Authority in accordance with IMBSC Code part, governing carriage of cargoes which may liquefy.The 27,200dwt open-hatch bulk carrier is being built at Japanese yard Naikai Zosen Corporation for owner Nissho Shipping. The approval certifies that the vessel makes use of special construction features to ensure that it can safely load cargoes that may liquefy, including volatile cargoes like nickel ore, even if such cargoes exceed their transportable moisture limit. The certification was obtained with technical assistance from ClassNK.The vessel has been specifically designed to transport nickel-ore cargoes, and utilises a construction method which allows nickel ore cargoes to be carried safely even in they liquefy in transit. This means that the vessel will be able to transport such cargoes even if unexpected rain or waves increase the moisture level past the limits laid out by the IMSBC code.ClassNK released its Guidelines for the Safe Carriage of Nickel Ore in June of this year in order to help address industry concerns about the dangerous cargo, which was cited a cause for a number of casualties at ...

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ClassNK reaches a record 190 mill gt of entered tonnage

ClassNK marches on Leading classification society ClassNK has reached a record 190 mill gt of entered tonnage.ClassNK, already the world's largest classification society, announced that at the end of September, it's register had climbed to 7,596 ships totalling 190.6 mill gt.This total was achieved due to a net amount of more than 11 mill gt joining the society's register in the first nine months of this year.ClassNK chairman and president Noboru Ueda said: "The continued growth of our register in spite of the current tough economic climate and increased scrapping of older vessels reflects our unmatched commitment to service, as well as our growing presence in the maritime community around the world."The growth of the ClassNK Register continues to be driven by newbuildings, with new vessel registrations reaching 14.8 mill gt, roughly 87% of the 17.1 mill gt that have joined NK's register so far this year.This achievement puts the class society well on its way to matching its previous record of 17.8 mill gt of newbuildings and 19.7 mill gt in total that it added to its register last year.During the first nine months of this year, almost half of the vessels entered were drybulk carriers with other types ...

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