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ClassNK acquires NAPA to benefit maritime safety and performance

Agreement will improve ship design and operational efficiency ClassNK today agreed to acquire NAPA in a deal hailed as benefitting the improved safety and performance of the whole maritime industry.The acquisition, will significantly enhance the success and capabilities of both organisations. For ClassNK, which has worked with NAPA for nearly ten years, the landmark deal is a chance to expand and improve the wide range of services it offers to shipowners and shipyards, whilst also providing NAPA with the support to accelerate expansion of existing operations and access new markets.ClassNK, which provides safety and certification services for more than 8,500 vessels representing more than 20% of the world's merchant fleet, and NAPA, whose software is utilised by shipyards designing over 90 % of the world's newbuilds and by major ship owners, said the deal was a reflection of the growing importance of software technology in improving ship design and operational efficiency.Yasushi Nakamura, ClassNK Executive Vice President, commented:"For both shipyards and shipowners, safety and performance have never been more important. Over the many years we have worked with NAPA, we have seen first hand the incredible benefits that ship designers and operators can achieve with innovative software solutions. From our work ...

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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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