ClassNK has granted an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and MTI for their joint project on the concept design of an autonomous ship framework (APExS).
ClassNK, Japan Marine United (JMU), and NAPA have completed a joint feasibility study on 3D model-based plan approval using 3D CAD models as part of their technical investigation project.
Shipbuilding designs are gradually transitioning from 2D drawings to those designed with 3D CAD software. Classification societies, whose plan approvals are currently based mostly on 2D drawings, are also required to develop a scheme for 3D CAD models from their submission to their examination completion.
This project was conducted to examine the technical development required in each process of plan approval by JMU, NAPA, and ClassNK to realise 3D model-based plan approval. In the feasibility study, ClassNK conducted a trial evaluation for hull structural design on a 3D CAD model of 300,000DWT ore carrier designed and created by JMU, using NAPA Designer, a 3D CAD software application for ship design developed by NAPA, as a 3D model viewer. Plan submission, storage, and notification of examination results were made using the Society's electronic plan examination system NK-PASS.
The investigation concluded that information required for class approval can be confirmed through a 3D CAD model, and that "NK-PASS" is also compatible with 3D CAD models. The results of this survey will serve as a basis for future technical studies, and the Society will continue to work with the industry to realise 3D model-based plan approval.
Mr. Hayato Suga, corporate officer and director of plan approval and technical solution division said “This study has proven the future potential of 3D model-based approvals. 3D based design can be the key to improving digital solutions in the ship industry, including the ship design process, approval process and later fleet maintenance. I hope that the entire industry will also quickly realise the many opportunities and increased efficiency that can be achieved as a result of this initiative. The vessels of the future will be able to accommodate much better and safer designs in shorter amounts of time.”
ClassNK Consulting Service has announced the launch of a cybersecurity training service (e-learning), developed in cooperation with KDDI Corporation (KDDI) and KDDI Digital Security (KDS).
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In a statement released by ClassNK, the classification society says that the increasing use of many solutions utilising “Big Data” and IoT technologies has brought benefits to the industry but it has also introduced cyber risks among maritime industries. Under these circumstances, it’s an important first step towards cyber safety for those who are engaged in ship operation and other related industries to gain proper knowledge. NKCS, KDDI and KDS offer a training program combining the companies’ expertise in offshore and onshore.
Classification society ClassNK has developed its ClassNK Digital Grand Design 2030 with the aim to bring innovation to the maritime industry through three fundamental policies.
ClassNK has released its “Guidelines for Automated/Autonomous Operation of ships - Design development, Installation and Operation of Automated Operation Systems/Remote Operation Systems.”
NYK Group subsidiary NYK LNG Shipmanagement and its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Pacific Mimosa have received certification from ClassNK for its Cyber Security Management System (CSMS). This is the first CSMS certified by the Society.
ClassNK has released “Guidelines for Remote Surveys” in preparation for carrying out remote surveys using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
ClassNK has established a cross-sectional cybersecurity project team made up of ship and security experts of the Society in order to accelerate its cybersecurity service in response to the expanding needs of clients.
An Internet of Things (IoT) platform known as SMARTShip, which enables the onboard operation of multiple systems with varying degrees of autonomy, has received type approval certification from ClassNK.
ClassNK has released its guidelines on Cybersecurity Management System for Ships, providing guidance on ensuring, implementing, maintaining, and continuously improving the cybersecurity management system of companies and ships with the goal of safe navigation.
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