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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 7.3.2.2, 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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ClassNK and NMRI Bring Top Experts for Workshop on Goal & Risk Based Approaches to Damage Stability

On 11 October, 2011 in Tokyo Leading Classification Society ClassNK and Japan's National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI) brought some of the world's leading specialists on structural safety to Tokyo for an international workshop on risk-based assessment of ship safety held jointly by the two organizations in Tokyo on 11 October, 2011.The event, which included presentations from top experts from the IMO and Europe's leading maritime universities as well as leading researchers from NMRI and ClassNK, drew over 100 attendees from throughout Japan's maritime industry.In addition to Q&A sessions held after each speaker's presentation, all of the presenters took part in a lively panel discussion on damage stability at the end of the event. While the panel discussion touched on a wide variety of important structural and technical subjects, the impact of bottom damage on ship safety proved to be one of the hottest topics. As a result of the intense discussion, the expert panelists confirmed the following important points: New IMO standards should be based on both goal-based and risk-based approaches. It would be possible to use probabilistic approaches to develop bottom damage stability requirements. In addition to these discussions, a number of other important points were raised during the ...

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ADM orders low-fuel consumption bulkers

Post-panamax ships to use Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System to achieve 25% CO2 emissions cut US-based grain processing company Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) says it has ordered three new 95,000 dwt post-panamax bulkers with advanced fuel consumption saving features from Japanese yard group Sumitomo, increasing the size of ADM's ocean-going fleet to 11 vessels.A company statement says: "ADM's three new ocean-going vessels will be built with technology that offers high performance while decreasing energy consumption to offer the best available environmental footprint for shipping large quantities of bulk commodities overseas."While the order is with Sumitomo the ships will be built by Oshima Shipbuilding to ClassNK rules. The Tokyo-based ship classification society ClassNK, ADM says, has provided project advisory assistance.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will provide "green technology" to help the vessels achieve an approximately a 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions through superior hull form, propulsion systems and the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS- illustrated) innovative technology which reduces frictional resistance between the vessel hull and seawater using air bubbles along the bottom of the vessels. Fleet Management of Hong Kong is providing project management."Adding three new ocean-going vessels to our global transportation network supports our strategy to increase the volume of ...

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

Class NK TEC-0869 ClassNK issues Technical Information TEC-0869 regarding the Maintenance, inspection and test of Fire-Protection Systems and Appliances on board the Panama-registered ships as follows:The Panama Government has informed ClassNK of Merchant Marine Circular No.226, "Guidelines for the Maintenance and Inspection of Fire-Protection Systems and Appliances", which is in reference to maintenance, inspection and test of Fire-Protection System and Appliances on board the Panama-registered ships. The essential points of the Guidelines are shown below.The previous ClassNK Technical Information No.TEC-0511 is now superseded. The requirements only are shown below. As necessary, please refer to the original text of the Guideline which is available on Panama Government Internet HomepageMain points of changes are as follows;1. Fixed CO2 Fire-Extinguishing Systems- Hydrostatic testing of high pressure cylinders All cylinders before 20 years 10% cylinders at 10 years interval- Flexible hosesTo be replaced at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer and not exceeding every 10 years2. New requirements for Fixed Dry-Powder Fire-Extinguishing Systems3. Automatic Sprinkler and Fixed Pressure Water Spray Systems- Additional requirement at Monthly, Quarterly, Annual- Internal inspection of pressure tank, all check and control valves at 5 yearly interval.For more information, click here.Source: ClassNK

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