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Tanker collides with yacht at Cowes Week regatta

Two sailors had to be rescued from the water The first day of racing in Cowes Week was disrupted on Saturday when the 124,000-ton Hanne Knutsen encountered a fleet of yachts.One of the racing vessels, Atalanta, was in collision with the 870ft-long Norwegian-owned tanker as it proceeded to the oil refinery at Fawley, near Southampton.The yacht, which normally has nine crew members on board, became entangled in the larger vessel's anchor and had its sails torn off and mast snapped.The force of the collision sent two of its crew overboard. They were picked up by a rescue boat and a coastguard patrol boat from Southampton.One crew member was taken to St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight and treated for a head injury. Organisers said the regatta would continue as normal.Source: The Telegraph

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ClassNK issues a new Noise and Vibration Guideline

For measuring and evaluating the noise and vibration on vessels ClassNK has issued a new Noise and Vibration Guideline for measuring and evaluating the noise and vibration on vessels.The guideline address the growing demand for new standards for noise and vibration on commercial vessels and provides detailed requirements for measuring and evaluating noise and vibrations in crew accommodations and machinery rooms, as well as establishes new notations for ships that comply with the new requirements.As efforts to improve the working conditions of seafarers have come to the forefront over the past several years, vibration and noise in accommodation areas have become an increasingly important topic.At the same time, as awareness of the detrimental effect that vibration can have on the reliability and safety of vessels' machinery and equipment has grown, research is increasingly focused on developing new countermeasures for machinery vibration.With the results of many such research projects just now being released, ClassNK felt the time was ripe to release a new set of standards for the maritime industry."This new Guideline," said ClassNK development department general manager Toshiyuki Shigemi, "incorporates the results of the latest research on noise and vibration on board ships, along with the latest developments in international ...

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The end of the crisis may finally be in sight

IACS chairman & ClassNK head Noboru Ueda During his recent India visit, Noboru Ueda , chairman of International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and head of ClassNK, talks to V Ayyappan on world shipping scenario. Excerpts from the interview.How healthy is global shipbuilding industry today?Much like the shipping industry, the shipbuilding industry is very cyclical, and in my more than 40 years in the maritime industry I have seen several market downturns like this one.With that said, while the current downturn presents a challenge for the industry, it does not compare to previous downturns such as occurred in the late 1970s and 1980s. While these are still not the best of times for shipbuilders, I am very optimistic about the future of the shipbuilding industry. What made the owners overbook which led to the present crisis? How long will the over capacity situation last?While it may be true that an oversupply of new vessels is one of the reasons behind the current slump in charter rates, I think we should not overlook the lingering effects of the economic crisis. The health of the shipping industry depends on the growth of world trade, and the slowed growth of the world's leading ...

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ClassNK releases advanced calculation software for IACS Common Structural Rules

Called "Primeship-HULL" ClassNK has developed and released advanced calculation software for IACS Common Structural Rules (CSRs) called "Primeship-HULL (CSR)".Rule CalculationsThe Rule Calculation Systems provide the necessary information and report outputs for CSR application. The Rule Calculation Systems can provide you with cross section calculations, hull girder strength assessment, local strength assessment, fatigue strength assessment and buckling strength assessment, etc. based on inputs of arrangements and gross scantlings of cross section as shown in the left hand figure below.Direct Strength AnalysisThis is a direct strength calculation tool that can conduct Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and provide strength assessment as shown in the right hand figure below. The system is based on MSC.Patran, and strongly supports structural assessment work by providing design loads, boundary conditions, etc. in accordance with the requirements of CSR to carry out a series of direct strength analyses.You can view further information, by clicking here.Source: ClassNK

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Class NK announces agreement to take 20% stake in Tokyo-based company

Agreement to establish a capital tie-up with Japan Marine Science Inc. ClassNK announced that it had reached an agreement to establish a capital tie-up with Japan Marine Science Inc. at a meeting in Tokyo. The tie up agreement will see ClassNK take a roughly 20% stake in the Tokyo-based company, which will issue new shares in exchange for a capital investment from the classification society.ClassNK Managing Director Koichi Fujiwara will also take a position on Japan Marine Sciences Board of Directors.Founded in 1985, Japan Marine Science is Japans largest maritime consulting firm and a leader in maritime IT development. The company is actively involved in the development and application of analysis, training, and software systems in the maritime field.According to ClassNK Managing Director Koichi Fujiwara the tie up presents an important step forward for both companies. With this partnership, we will be able to take advantage of the expertise and specialized knowledge that both our organizations have developed over the years, and apply it to developing new solutions to the challenges faced by the maritime industry, including for example developing comprehensive IT systems to support vessel operations, and other advanced technology development.This investment in Japan Marine Science Inc. marks the ...

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ClassNK named top classification society

It received the Classification Society Award ClassNK was named the best classification society in Asia again Friday night when it received the "Classification Society Award" at the Seatrade Asia Awards held recently in Hong Kong.Held annually by London-based maritime media company Seatrade Communications, the Seatrade Asia Awards recognize excellence in such fields as innovation, safety, and education in the Asian maritime industry. This marks the second time ClassNK has been named the best classification society at the Seatrade Asia Awards since the event was established in 2008.This year's panel of judges selected ClassNK as the best classification society from a group of four of the top classification societies active in Asia, based on ClassNK's commitment to innovation and activities in the greater Asian maritime industry over the past year. ClassNK chairman and president Noboru Ueda accepted the award on behalf of the society.He acknowledged the importance of the award by saying: "It is a great honour to be recognized as the leading classification society by our peers in the Asian maritime community, and we will continue to strive to even to provide better service to the maritime industry both here in Asia and around the world."Source: Motorship

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ClassNK unveils the Global Approach 200 mid-term plan

Laying out 3 key strategic objectives for the period between 2011 to 2013 Chairman & President Noboru Ueda revealed that ClassNK, already the worlds largest on a gross ton basis, aimed to have more than 200 million gross tons on its register by the end of 2013 as part of the Societys new Global Approach 200 mid-term plan, unveiled in Tokyo.The plan was officially revealed to the press following its approval by the ClassNK Administrative Council, which met for the first time since the Society completed its transition to a new legal structure in April of this year.The Global Approach 200 plan, the first such mid-term plan to be released by ClassNK, lays out 3 key strategic objectives for the society for the period between 2011 to 2013, including: creating a stable foundation resistant to changes in the market environment, maintaining ClassNKs position as the worlds leading classification society and expanding upon its share of the classification market, and taking more a proactive approach to new opportunities. Based on these strategic objectives, Mr. Ueda laid out 5 goals for the class society to achieve by 2013, including: establishing a stable financial foundation for future growth, reaching more than 200 million ...

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Carriage of immersion suits on cargo ships flying Hong Kong Flag

Technical Information TEC-0667 by Class NK With regard to the carriage of immersion suits on the Hong Kong flagged ships, ClassNK Technical Information No.TEC-0667 dated 6 July 2006 has been issued.Recently, the Government has notified of the additional instruction of immersion suits for the stored position of the additional liferaft required by SOLAS Reg.III/31.1.4.In response, ClassNK Technical Information No.TEC-0667 paragraph 1 has been modified as follows.(1) At least two immersion suits should be provided in wheel house and engine control room respectively as additional immersion suits. The same number of immersion suits as life-jackets at the wheel house and engine control room are required (i.e. if 3 life-jackets are required at the wheel house then 3 immersion suits are required at the wheel house).(2) If ship has other watch or work stations and life-jackets has already been provided, for example, cargo control room of chemical tanker etc., the same number of immersion suits as life-jackets are required to such stations. Mooring stations (fore & aft) are not included in the above watch or work stations.(3) At least two sets of immersion suits are to be provided for the stored position of the additional liferaft required by Reg.III/31.1.4 according to the ...

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World s first solar-power-assisted vessel further developed

Auriga Leader to be fitted with BWM system and adapted to use low-sulfur fuel The power generation and endurance of the photovoltaic panels on Auriga Leader have been undergoing shipboard tests since the completion of the vessel on December 19, 2008.The tests have shown that providing a stable power supply from the photovoltaic panels is difficult because even a slight change in the weather has a significant influence on the amount of power generated.It was also found that attempting to make the solar power system bigger to gain more output and to increase its dependency could result in problems with regard to stable operations due to fluctuations in the power supply.The hybrid power supply system has been studied since fiscal 2009.NYK Line and MTI, with the aim of curtailing CO2 emissions, have pursued a stable onboard power supply in case an unstable renewable energy source such as solar power were to be adopted; KHI has been working to develop a hybrid power supply system for vessels through the use of its self-developed large nickel hydrogen batteries known as Gigacell?; and ClassNK is supporting these projects as part of assistance provided through a joint research scheme based on industry demands.Charging and ...

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Replacement of IAPP Certificate

Due to change in procedure for completing Supplement As already advised in ClassNK Technical Information No. TEC-0771 dated 13 May 2009, in accordance with Reg. 14 of MARPOL Annex VI, the sulphur content limit value for a fuel oil used outside of an Emission Control Area will be changed from 4.50% m/m to 3.50% m/m on 1 January 2012 and will be effective thereafter.Required sulphur content limit values are described in section 2.3 of the Supplement to the IAPP Certificate using a check box form. So far, only the check box for the sulphur content limit value which is applicable at the time of issuance of the Certificate has been ticked off. Therefore, whenever a new sulphur content limit values is enforced, the IAPP Certificate needs to be replaced each time.However, the IMO MEPC 61 agreed that section 2.3 of the Supplement should be completed on the basis of all available options, with a view to avoiding the need for repeated re-issuance of the Supplement, as the various given dates are passed. In accordance with this agreement, ClassNK will change the procedure for completion of section 2.3 of the Supplement and tick off all the check boxes which may be ...

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