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    ClassNK receives EU MRV accreditation from UKAS [Mar 2017] After undergoing extensive assessments, leading classification society ClassNK has become one of the world’s first classification societies to receive accreditation from the UK-based national accreditation body UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) as an EU MRV verifier, effective as of 1 March 2017.
    ClassNK issues Type Certification for LED floodlights for Port Facility-use to Stanley Electric [Feb 2017] Leading classification society ClassNK has issued the first Type Certification for LED floodlights for port facility-use to Stanley Electric Co., Ltd., in line with its recently developed Guidelines for Type Certification of Floodlight LED for Port Facilities on 2 February 2017.
    ClassNK releases new PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) software [Feb 2017] ClassNK has just released the latest version of its design support software PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver.4.0.0., developed in response to the IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT). The new version incorporates the latest rule amendments to CSR BC & OT and in order to speed up design evaluation,
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    ClassNK completes joint study on ClassNK CMAXS LC-A for Hitachi MAN B&W Engine with Hitachi Zosen Corporation [Nov 2016] Leading classification society ClassNK and Hitachi Zosen Corporation have completed a joint study of the next generation condition-based monitoring and automatic diagnostic system ClassNK CMAXS LC-A for Hitachi MAN B&W engines. During this joint study,
    ClassNK Issues Approval in Principle for LNG Bunkering Vessel Design [Oct 2016] Leading classification society ClassNK has issued Approval in Principle (AIP) for a 7,500 cbm LNG bunkering vessel designed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. This revolutionary design is the result of joint research carried out by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. and ClassNK
    ClassNK and the Liberian Registry begin Trials for Electronic Certificates System [Oct 2016] ClassNK has begun operational trials for “ClassNK e-Certificate”, the world’s first comprehensive system to provide ships’ class certificates and statutory certificates issued on behalf of flag states in electronic format. The use of electronic certificates is expected to bring about significant benefits for shipping companies by
    JX Ocean Co. Ltd. chooses ClassNK CMAXS LC-A [Aug 2016] ClassNK Consulting Service announced that JX Ocean Co., Ltd. has selected ClassNK CMAXS LC- A, the machinery condition monitoring and automatic diagnostic system, for use on ENEOS SPIRIT, a 310,000 dwt tanker. ClassNK CMAXS LC- A is a solution that integrates innovative sensor anomaly detection algorithm to analyse correlations between multiple sensor data in
    ClassNK releases new PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) software [Aug 2016] ClassNK has just released the latest version of its design support software PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver.3.5.0., developed in response to the IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT). In addition to improved overall performance and usability, the design evaluation function for
    ClassNK makes breakthrough finding for ultra-large container ships [Jul 2016] ClassNK has concluded that the minimum required brittle crack arrest toughness for extremely thick brittle crack arrest steel plates of 100mm used in ultra-large container ships is 8,000 N/mm3/2. The technical expertise is a world-first and is based on verification tests carried out as part of a joint R&D project in collaboration with JWES.
    ClassNK launches NK-SHIPS app for on-the-go owners and operators [Jul 2016] Leading classification society ClassNK has just launched the NK-SHIPS app, a mobile version of the free, web-based information service NK-SHIPS for owners, operators, and managers of NK-classed vessels or vessels whose ISM/ISPS/MLC are registered with ClassNK. Clients can now access information to
    ClassNK appoints TUV Rheinland Japan’s Global Technology Assessment Center as Certified Laboratory [Jul 2016] ClassNK appointed the Global Technology Assessment Center (GTAC) of TUV Rheinland Japan as a certified laboratory today at an appointment ceremony held at GTAC in Yokohama. The appointment is in accordance with a worldwide partnership agreement that the two parties entered into
    Fuel savings convince "K" Line to expand use of ClassNK CMAX LC-A [Jun 2016] “K” Line Ship Management (Singapore) Pte Ltd has selected ClassNK Consulting Service’s machinery condition monitoring and automatic diagnostic system ClassNK CMAXS LC-A for use on one of its container vessels, marking the first commercial application of the software.
    The World Leader In Maritime Standards - ShipDC launches with new leader at the helm [May 2016] The wholly owned subsidiary set up by ClassNK, Ship Data Center Co., Ltd., officially commenced operations of its big data center, ShipDC, from April 2016. ClassNK’s Information Technology Department General Manager Takashi Nagatome has been appointed as Representative Director and President of the subsidiary.
    ClassNK releases “Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships ver.4” [Apr 2016] Leading classification society ClassNK has released the fourth version of its Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships. With the introduction of increasingly strict environmental regulations, the industry is now turning toward the use of cleaner fuels such as LNG and more recently other low flashpoint fuels such as
    ClassNK CMAXS installed on a pair of Rosy Star Ocean Vessels Management ships [Apr 2016] Manila- ClassNK Consulting Service’s software solutions ClassNK CMAXS PMS and ClassNK CMAXS SPICS have just been installed on two ships managed by Manila-based Rosy Star Ocean Vessels Management Co., Inc., marking the first adoption by clients outside of Japan.
    ClassNK appoints new Chairman and President and executives [Feb 2016] Current Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara has been appointed as Chairman and President as well as a Representative Director of leading classification society ClassNK, effective 7 March 2016. Current Executive Vice Presidents Yasushi Nakamura and Tetsuya Kinoshita will continue in their present roles on the team,
    ClassNK updates its Guidelines on the Installation of BWT Systems [Feb 2016] Guidelines on the Installation of Ballast Water Treatment Systems. The latest Guidelines include alterations to the application date of the ballast water performance standard, additions and modifications of definitions, and a revision of standards for installation of ballast water treatment systems.
    ClassNK releases new PrimeShip-HULL(HCSR) system [Feb 2016] PrimeShip-HULL(HCSR) has long been the go-to design support system for ship designers worldwide. To date, over 800 licenses have been provided to more than 90 shipyards. In response to the latest amendments to the IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT),
    ClassNK releases Guidelines for Use of Structural Adhesives [Jan 2016] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released its Guidelines for Use of Structural Adhesives for the shipbuilding industry. Compared with other joining methods such as welding, structural adhesives are easy to construct and control.
    ClassNK opens new survey office in Charleston [Dec 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has opened a new exclusive survey office in Charleston, USA with operations beginning 1 January 2016. Charleston is a major port city located in South Carolina and home to one of the fastest growing ports in the USA. It has the deepest channels in the southeast region and
    ClassNK opens new survey office in Novorossiysk [Dec 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has opened a new exclusive survey office in Novorossiysk, Russia with operations beginning 1 January 2016. Novorossiysk is a port city in southwest Russia facing the Black Sea. It is the country’s main port on the Black Sea and a leading Russian port for trade with Asia,
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    ClassNK issues Hong Kong Convention Statements of Compliance to two additional ship recycling facilities in India [Dec 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has issued Statements of Compliance (SoC) to two ship recycling facilities in Gujarat, India, Shree Ram Vessel Scrap Pvt. Ltd (Managing Director: Chetan Patel) and Leela Ship Recycling Pvt. Ltd,
    ClassNK releases Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities (ver. 3) [Dec 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released its Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities for LNG/LPG Production, Storage Offloading and Regasification (Third Edition).The first edition of the guidelines laid out specific technical requirements for gas FPSOs and was released in 2011.
    ClassNK releases draft amendments to container ship rules [Nov 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers. The amendments were approved by the ClassNK Technical Committee in Tokyo on 19 November. The ClassNK Technical Committee is made up
    ClassNK-PEERLESS named top maritime IT Solution at IBJ Awards [Nov 2015] ClassNK received the IT Solutions Award for its 3D modeling software ClassNK-PEERLESS at the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards in Antwerp on 16 November. Held annually, the IBJ Awards salutes companies and individuals for their contributions to the bulk cargo sector and wider maritime industry.
    ClassNK wins Innovation Award at the Lloyd’s List Asia Awards 2015 [Oct 2015] ClassNK picked up the Innovation Award for its 3D modeling software ClassNK-PEERLESS at the 18th Lloyd’s List Asia Awards in Singapore last night. The awards recognize the Asian maritime industry’s successes, setting a benchmark for excellence while rewarding breakthrough ideas and concepts.
    ClassNK starts verification tests of next-generation condition-based engine monitoring system (ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX) for MAN B&W engines on MOL vessel [Oct 2015] Noboru Ueda) has commenced actual verification tests of its next-generation condition-based monitoring (CBM) system ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX for Mitsui’s MAN B&W engines.
    ClassNK issues Hong Kong Convention Statements of Compliance to two ship recycling facilities in India [Sep 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has issued Statements of Compliance (SoC) to two ship recycling facilities in Gujarat, India, R. L. Kalthia Ship Breaking Pvt. Ltd. (Managing Director: Chintan Kalthia) and Priya Blue Industries Pvt. Ltd.
    ClassNK and TUV Rheinland Sign Partnership Agreement [Sep 2015] ClassNK and TUV Rheinland Group have concluded a worldwide partnership agreement to expand their testing and certification services portfolio and better serve their clients. ClassNK, a leading non-profit classification society, has extensive experience in certifying materials and equipment for maritime use,
    ClassNK conducts independent verification of Iino Marine Service’s GHG emissions based on reasonable assurance [Aug 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has carried out the independent third-party verification of Iino Marine Service’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory based on a reasonable level of assurance.
    ClassNK to release world-first Guidelines on Composite Propellers [Aug 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced that it will release the world’s first Guidelines on Composite Propellers (Part on Manufacturing/Product Inspection) on 31 August. The strength and corrosion resistance of composite materials makes them widely used in
    ClassNK opens new survey office in Brunei [Aug 2015] One of the world’s largest classification societies ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has opened a new exclusive survey office in Brunei with operations beginning today. Brunei is located in Borneo which faces the South China Sea. Together with its neighboring Malaysia, Brunei is a key port on the maritime transportation route due to its location.
    ClassNK releases Annual Report on Port State Control [Aug 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by
    ClassNK releases Guidelines for CNG Carriers [Jul 2015] Global economic and population growth is bringing about increased energy production and consumption. In its latest forecast, CEDIGAZ, an international not for profit association dedicated to natural gas information, predicts that global natural gas demand will grow by 1.8% a year from 2013 to 2035 with the largest portion of this growth coming from Asia-Oceania and
    ClassNK releases new PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) software in response to CSR BC & OT [Jul 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver. 2.5.0 in response to the new IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT). CSR BC & OT, which harmonizes requirements found in both existing Common
    12th International Marine Design Conference wraps up in Tokyo [May 2015] The 12th International Marine Design Conference (IMDC) was held in Tokyo this week from 11 - 14 May, hosted by The Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers, and sponsored by The Shipbuilders' Association of Japan and ClassNK. IMDC is an esteemed global academic conference for
    ClassNK Releases Amendments to Class Rules [May 2015] Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships - Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced that it released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships on 8 May 2015. ClassNK continuously reviews, updates,
    ClassNK releases PrimeShip-GREEN/ProSTA [Apr 2015] ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) releases PrimeShip-GREEN/ProSTA, making it the world’s first classification society to develop software which analyzes and calculates a ship’s speed trial results for EEDI calculation in compliance with the latest IMO Guidelines on 1 May 2015.
    New era for R&D with establishment of Global Research and Innovation Center in Singapore [Apr 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) held a press conference on 20 April in Singapore to promote the activities of its new Global Research and Innovation Center (GRIC). Joined by representatives from Nanyang Technological University,
    ClassNK opens new exclusive office in Cadiz [Apr 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has opened a new exclusive survey office in Cadiz, Spain with operations beginning today. Cadiz is a port city located in south-western Spain home to well-established shipyard facilities. The Cadiz Office joins an existing network of five survey offices throughout Spain in Bilbao,
    Nakashima Propeller and ClassNK hold joint technical seminar in Hamburg [Mar 2015] Nakashima Propeller (President and Representative Director: Motoyoshi Nakashima) together with ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) held a joint technical seminar in Hamburg on 19 March. Nakashima Propeller and ClassNK, from their respective roles in the industry, provide high quality products and
    ClassNK retakes top position [Mar 2015] ClassNK(Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has just announced its official registration figures in addition to Clarkson’s data which reveals that it is once again the world’s largest classification society. The Society made the announcement at its annual Japanese press conference held in Tokyo on 17 March. The latest figures show that over 366 million deadweight tons are now registered
    ClassNK establishes new rules for bulk carriers and oil tankers [Mar 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced the establishment of its Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (Rules for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships Part CSR-B&T) on 27 February. These new technical rules were developed in response to the adoption of
    ClassNK begins joint research on brittle crack arrest design [Feb 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced it will carry out a joint research project aimed at improving safety standards for ultra-large container ships. As container ships increase in size, so too does the thickness of the steel that is used.
    ClassNK leads the way with new PrimeShip-HULL(HCSR) software [Feb 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced the release of Ver. 2.0.0 of its PrimeShip-HULL(HCSR) ship design support software. The new version is the world’s first software system to fully reflect all rule amendments of the IACS Common Structural Rules (harmonized CSR) adopted in December 2014.
    ClassNK approval of new corrosion resistant steel gives shipowners new options [Feb 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) issued approval for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation’s newly developed corrosion resistant steel (NSGP™-2) for use on the upper deck and/or inner bottom of crude oil tanker cargo oil tanks (COT).
    Full speed ahead as ClassNK grants type approval to Niigata’s dual-fuel engine [Feb 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) granted type approval in near record time to the new 28AHX-DF dual-fuel engine built by Niigata Power Systems Co., Ltd. Whilst the adoption of emerging maritime technologies can prove challenging due in part to the time required to gain approval,
    ClassNK invests in the Wind Energy Institute of Tokyo [Jan 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has further strengthened its renewable energy activities by agreeing to form a capital alliance with the Wind Energy Institute of Tokyo Inc. (WEIT) (President and Representative Director: Akihiro Suzuki) on 15 January.
    ClassNK releases updates to its Guidelines on Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding [Jan 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced that it has released Guidelines on Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding (Ver. 2). The updated version builds on the original guidelines which were developed in December 2009.
    ClassNK releases updates to Good Maintenance Onboard Ships [Jan 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has just released the latest version of Good Maintenance Onboard Ships (January, 2015). The comprehensive checklist is designed to be used by shipmasters, crew, shipowners, and other key personnel in order to ensure vessels are safe, well-maintained and comply with regulations.
    ClassNK releases updates to its Guidelines for Container Stowage and Securing Arrangements [Jan 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released the second edition of its Guidelines for Container Stowage and Securing Arrangements. The update comes in response to recent industry changes as the amount and size of container carriers increases more than ever before.
    ClassNK Chairman and President Fulfilled Term as Chairman of ACS [Jan 2015] ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda successfully fulfilled his term as Chairman of the Association of Asian Classification Societies (ACS) at the end of 2014, a position which he held from 1 January 2014. During his one-year tenure, Mr. Ueda was engaged in the following activities with a view to enhancing ACS' operations and contributing to
    ClassNK releases its Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships Ver. 3 [Jan 2015] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released the third version of its Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships. The updated version  provides comprehensive, up-to-date information on key design features relating to bunkering, hull structure, fire safety, and explosion prevention measures.
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    Top Ship Recycling Experts gather in Tokyo [Dec 2014] Top ship recycling experts from around the globe gathered in Tokyo on 10 December at the ClassNK Ship Recycling Seminar to discuss the latest updates to the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU Regulation). Members from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the EU Directorate-General,
    ClassNK Consulting Service & FROSIO agreed concerning the Certifying Body of FROSIO [Dec 2014] ClassNK Consulting Service Co., Ltd. (CEO and President: Noboru Ueda)(hereinafter, “NKCS”) (*1) has announced the agreement concerning the Certifying Body of FROSIO, as an internationally recognized coating inspector’s qualification. FROSIO is a leading certifying body qualified to
    NYK to Team with ClassNK and Others to Develop Technologically Advanced Exhaust Gas Cleaning System [Dec 2014] Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI), which is an NYK Group company, and ClassNK have teamed up with Singapore-based Nanyang Technological University and Sembcorp Marine Technology Pte. Ltd. for
    ClassNK Register Tops 230 Million Gross Tons [Dec 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK announced that its register topped 230 million gross tons for the first time at the end November 2013. The announcement was made following a meeting of the Society’s Classification Committee, which certified that the NK Register listed 8,826 vessels totaling 231.34 million gross tons at the end of November 2014.
    USMRC, ClassNK to team together on LNG, Offshore, Cybersecurity and other R&D projects [Dec 2014] The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) in Middletown, Rhode Island and ClassNK, a leading ship classification society based in Tokyo, Japan, are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) laying out a framework for future technical cooperation to
    ClassNK and NAPA Announce New Joint Project to Improve Ship Design Process for Harmonised CSR [Dec 2014] ClassNK and leading global maritime software company NAPA have announced a new joint project to reduce the time and cost of designing vessels in accordance with the new IACS harmonised Common Structural Rules.
    ClassNK Launches Technical Reviews on the We [Dec 2014] make access easier, leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced the release of its technical review articles through the ClassNK homepage. This comes in response to the growing demand from the global maritime community for access to the latest technical information reports and articles.
    ClassNK-NAPA GREEN named top maritime IT Solution at IBJ Awards [Nov 2014] Vessel performance monitoring and optimization solution ClassNK-NAPA GREEN was named the maritime industry’s top IT system by earning the IT Solutions Award at the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards held at the Beurs-World Trade Center in Rotterdam on 17 November. The software solution, developed jointly by
    First Chemical Tanker to Use Combination of Duplex Stainless Steel and Stainless Clad Steel Delivered [Nov 2014] The world's first chemical tanker to use a combination of duplex stainless steel and stainless clad steel in the construction of its cargo tanks was successfully delivered to Oita-based Hiro Naviera S.A. (President: Tomonori Yoshimura) on 15 November 2014 by Usuki Shipyard Co., Ltd
    ClassNK Expands Veracruz Office [Nov 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced the expansion of its Veracruz Office in order to better support the growing offshore oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico. The expansion will increase the survey capabilities and management of the Veracruz office in response to growing demand from the offshore sector in the region.
    ClassNK Grants Approval in Principle for new H2/CO2 FPSO Design by MHI and Chiyoda [Nov 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to a new H2/CO2 FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) to a new design developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Chiyoda Corporation.
    ClassNK Registered Al Kout Delivered to KOTC [Oct 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it has completed work on the 165,178GT VLCC Al Kout, built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) as part of a series of vessels constructed for the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company S.A.K. (KOTC).
    ClassNK launches Feasibility Study for Marine Renewable Energy Testing Facility in Singapore [Oct 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced the launch of a new feasibility study for a new marine renewable energy testing facility to be built in Singapore. The announcement was made at the 2014 Asian Clean Energy Summit held in Singapore on 28-29 October.
    ClassNK Issues World’s First EEDI Certification for Air Lubrication System Fitted Vessel [Oct 2014] Leading classification society (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has completed the EEDI appraisal of Harvest Frost, the world’s first post-panamax bulk carrier fitted with the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS). The Harvest Frost was constructed by Oshima Shipbuilding
    ClassNK Completes Work on KOTC Vessel MUTRIBA [Oct 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it has completed work on the 31,445GT Product Tanker MUTRIBA, built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. (HMD) as part of a series of vessels being constructed for the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company S.A.K. (KOTC).
    ClassNK Releases New Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems [Oct 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it has released Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems. These guidelines cover class safety requirements as well as safety requirements stipulated in the IMO guidelines.
    ClassNK Receives Authorization from Canadian Flag [Oct 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has received authorization from Transport Canada to carry out statutory surveys on Canadian-flagged vessels on behalf of the Government of Canada. ClassNK has maintained a presence in Canada since the establishment
    ClassNK Establishes New Renewable Energy Department [Oct 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced the establishment of a new Renewable Energy Department. This new department which began operations on 1 October 2014 will oversee a diverse range of activities related to renewable energy, including audits and certification of new technologies.
    ClassNK Issues New Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Inland Waterway Ships [Sep 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released new technical rules and guidance for the survey and construction of inland waterway ships. As a result of ClassNK’s recent expansion of its global activities, in particular across South America,
    ClassNK Expands Joint Research in Europe [Sep 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced that it will join a new European Joint R&D project to ensure bulk carrier safety. The project, called LiquefAction, aims to better understand the physical properties of cargo liquefaction in order to prevent bulk carrier casualties and is being carried out by a consortium
    ClassNK Chairman and President attends KOTC Delivery Ceremony [Sep 2014] Geoje - Mr. Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK attended the delivery ceremony for the M/T Al Yarmouk, constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) and delivered to Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. S.A.K. (KOTC) in Geoje, Korea on 25 August 2014.
    ClassNK and Nakashima Propeller Announce World’s First Installation of a CFRP Propeller on a Merchant Vessel [Aug 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) and Nakashima Propeller Co., Ltd have announced the world’s first installation of a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) propeller on the main propulsion system of a merchant vessel.
    Daihatsu joins ClassNK Research Project on Cloud-based Maintenance System “ClassNK CMAXS LC-A” [Aug 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced that it will embark on a joint research project together with Daihatsu Diesel Mfg. Co., Ltd. (President: Takeshi Harada). ClassNK will support research that tests the extensibility
    ClassNK Release Annual Report on Port State Control [Aug 2014] Port State Control (PSC) inspections have proved to be a highly effective tool for eliminating substandard ships that may be in operation, ensuring maritime safety as well as reducing maritime pollution. In recent years, a large number of port states have signed and accepted a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU in addition to establishing a centralized database
    ClassNK in Collaborative Research of Condition-Based Engine Monitoring Systems for MAN B&W Engines [Jul 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced that it will participate in a joint project together with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (President/Representative Director: Takao Tanaka) and MES Technoservice Co., Ltd.
    ClassNK Holds LNG-Fuelled Vessel Technologies Seminars [Jul 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) held LNG-Fuelled Vessel Technologies seminars in Shanghai and Singapore on 22 July and 24 July 2014 respectively. With the industry looking to adopt cleaner fuels to meet new environmental regulations as well as future economic growth, the demand for LNG
    ClassNK Acquires Canada’s Helm Operations [Jul 2014] ClassNK today announced the acquisition of Victoria, Canada-based maritime software company Helm Operations. The deal was hailed by both parties as two world-class companies joining forces to improve safety and operational efficiency in the marine industry, while greatly enhancing the success and capabilities of both organizations.
    KOTC Delivery Ceremony of ClassNK Registered Vessel [Jun 2014] The delivery ceremony for the M/T “Al Dasma”, constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) and delivered to Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. S.A.K. (KOTC) was held in Kuwait on 23 June 2014. The Aframax Product Tanker, named the M/T “Al Dasma” following its delivery to KOTC,
    First German Flagged vessel joins ClassNK Register as Leading Society Receives Expanded Authorization from German Flag [Jun 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced that it has registered its first German-flagged vessel, as well as earned expanded authorization from the German flag administration for the classification
    Public Notification of Amendments to the Rules and Guidance 30-05-2014 [May 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced the release of the latest versions of its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. These versions include all amendments dated 30 May 2014. The amendments made to the Rules and Guidance this time cover
    ClassNK Releases Amendments to Class Rules [May 2014] ClassNK Releases Amendments to Class Rules - Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships - Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced today that it had released an updated edition of the Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships.
    ClassNK Approves New Super-Efficient Fillet Welding Consumable [Apr 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it has granted type approval for the new MX-200F welding consumable, developed by Kobe Steel Co., Ltd. (KOBELCO) to greatly improve welding efficiency and coating quality in commercial vessels.
    ClassNK Releases Design Support Tools for EEDI Verification [Apr 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released the new PrimeShip-GREEN/MinPower software. PrimeShip-GREEN/MinPower was developed to help shipyards comply with the EEDI requirements of the Amendment to MARPOL Annex VI by calculating minimum propulsion power requirements in
    ClassNK Opens New Exclusive Survey Office in Belem [Apr 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it has established a new exclusive survey office in Belem, Brazil. Located on the northeast coast of Brazil adjacent to the Para River, Belem is the second largest city in the northern Brazil. The entrance gate to the Amazon River,
    ClassNK Vice President to serve on Green Award Foundation [Apr 2014] The Netherlands-based Green Award Foundation has announced that ClassNK Executive Vice President Tetsuya Kinoshita has been selected to serve on its Board of Experts from 1 May 2014. The Green Award Foundation was established under the initiative of the Rotterdam Municipal Port Management and the Dutch Ministry of Transport in 1994 and
    ClassNK Establishes Department of Ocean Energy Resources with Kyushu University [Apr 2014] Kyushu University (President Setsuo Arikawa) has announced that it has established a new Department of Ocean Energy Resources with support from leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda). This new department will join the Graduate Faculty of
    CLASSNK ACQUIRES LEADING MARITIME SOFTWARE HOUSE NAPA [Mar 2014] The acquisition, hailed as a pioneering move that will benefit the wider industry, reflects growing importance of software technology in improving ship design and operational efficiency Leading classification society ClassNK today agreed to acquire NAPA, the world’s leading maritime software house, in a deal hailed as benefitting the improved safety
    ClassNK Registers First United States-flagged Ship [Mar 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced that ClassNK has classed its first United States-flagged ship. The vessel, newly named MT SLNC PAX, owned by Schuyler Line Navigation Company, LLC (SLNC), is classified as an Oil tanker and Chemical Tanker with IMO type II & III, and will be operating
    ClassNK’s Efforts Toward the Safe Operation of Large Container Vessels [Mar 2014] Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism established the Committee on Large Container Ship Safety on 29 August 2013 in response to the casualty of a large container ship which occurred on 17 June 2013. The Committee has carried out active investigations and analyses in order
    ClassNK Announces Reorganization of Board of Directors [Mar 2014] In order to streamline its decision making process and speed up administrative procedures, ClassNK has consolidated its Board of Directors from eight to five members, effective 10 March 2014. Following the consolidation, Noboru Ueda will continue to serve as Chairman and President as well as a Representative Director of the Society.
    ClassNK Releases Amendments to Class Rules Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships [Feb 2014] MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has acquired Norwegian privately owned Deep Water Solutions AS, specialising in lifting applications The Nippon Kaiji Kyokai(ClassNK) released the latest versions of its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships.
    ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda Receives Global Lifetime Achievement Award [Feb 2014] ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda was honored with the Global Lifetime Achievement Award at the Shipping Marine and Ports 2014 Leadership & Excellence Awards on 10 February 2014 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the maritime industry.
    ClassNK continues donations to Indian Primary School [Feb 2014] Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has made a donation of desks, uniforms and educational materials to the ZP Primary School (Takwe-Khurd, Maharashtra) near the Indian capital Mumbai, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility activities in India.
    [Jan 2014]: ClassNK Newly Registers More than 20 Million Gross Tons in 2013 Leading classification society ClassNK has announced its official registration figures for 2013, revealing that new registrations of existing and newly built vessels totaled more than 20 million gross tons. The announcement was made on 20 January 2014 following a meeting of the ClassNK Classification Committee,
    [Jan 2014]: ClassNK Issues New Guidelines on Welding of Duplex Stainless Steels The guidelines have been developed to help shipyards safely and effectively make use of new duplex steels that are increasingly being used in the construction of cargo tanks for chemical carriers. As part of its work to support the safe construction of ships, ClassNK has released the guidelines for free via its website.
    [Jan 2014]: FURUNO NavSkills CAT distant learning system approved by ClassNK in Japan At the beginning of 2014, the FURUNO NavSkills CAT (Computer Aided Training) distant learning system has been approved by ClassNK as fulfilling the requirements for ECDIS type specific familiarisation training specified by the ISM code subsections of 6.3 and 6.5.
    [Jan 2014]: ClassNK Releases World’s First Harmonized CSR Compliant Ship Design Support Software Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced the release of a new version of its PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) ship design support software that is fully compliant with the new IACS Common Structural Rules (harmonized CSR) for oil tankers and bulk carriers.
    [Jan 2014]: ClassNK Chairman & President Ueda Appointed ACS Chairman Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced that ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda assumed the role of Chairman of the Association of Asian Classification Societies (ACS) on 1 January 2014.
    [Jan 2014]: ClassNK Opens New Exclusive Survey Office in Casablanca Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has established a new exclusive survey office in Casablanca, Morocco. The Casablanca Office began operating on 1 January 2014. Located on the Atlantic Ocean in northern Africa, Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and one of North Africa’s largest ports.
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