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Friday, July 31, 2020 

ClassNK is launching a new service titled 'Innovation Endorsement' for certifying innovative technology, as a follow-up to the Japanese class society's previously-announced 'ClassNK Digital Grand Design 2030' in support of the evolution of ocean-related business by meeting the new needs of clients brought about by digital technology and data distribution, contributing to further improvement of safety.

The Digital Grand Design cites three fundamental policies, one being to "diversify certification services and expand their scope". The "Innovation Endorsement" certification service which targets innovative digital technology is being launched in line with this policy.

With the development of information technology, attempts to share and utilise data from ships have already begun, and many innovative technologies have emerged. By proactively providing certification services for these innovations and promoting their spread and development, ClassNK strives to support the preservation of the marine environment, further improve safety at sea, and support sustainable development.

Dr Toshiro Arima, Corporate Officer, GM Digital Transformation Center, said: “Up until now, we have carried out certifications in accordance with the mandatory requirements of international conventions and of our rules. On the other hand, it is likely that a clear evaluation standard has yet to be established for innovative technologies, which can occasionally hinder their diffusion. Accordingly, 'Innovation Endorsement' will provide certification services regardless of existing standards based on the policies of 'speed-focused' and 'establishing evaluation criteria in cooperation with front runners'. In cooperation with technical front-runners, we will continue establishing appropriate evaluation criteria and providing prompt certification services.”

"Innovation Endorsement" certification will be carried out and classified under the following headings:

  1. Ships: A new class notation "Digital Smart Ship" will be established and will be given to ships applying digital technologies including various types of monitoring and autonomous navigation.
  2. Products/solutions: Includes innovative products/solutions that are expected to be widely used in the future such as those involving CBM (Condition Based Monitoring), fuel efficiency improvement, data quality assurance, electronic logbooks, and more.
  3. Providers: Certification of development methods for creating innovative technologies by companies and of the companies themselves.

The point of contact for the certification service is the ClassNK Digital Transformation Center.


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