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Tuesday, August 27, 2019 

ClassNK says it has undergone structural changes that include an integration of its point of contacts in order to more quickly and efficiently support clients with the IMO’s upcoming Sulphur Cap which will be globally enforced starting in January of 2020.

In the light of the increasingly strengthening SOx regulation, until now ClassNK had been providing appropriate plan approvals/site surveys and information on international/regional regulations, while carrying out various other initiatives to provide clients with compliant support to the new regulation. In addition to the release of the Guidance for onboard use of Compliant Fuel Oil with SOx regulation from 2020 which outlines potential risks and mitigation measures involved with compliant fuel oil, and the Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems which include requirement explanations for SOx scrubbers, ClassNK has provided a sample Ship Implementation Plan (SIP) as recommended by IMO for switching to compliant fuel oil now that global enforcement is within sight, and many appraisal services for SIPs and fuel oil tank cleaning etc.

Future issues and damage involving machinery with the use of compliant fuels and new situations regarding Port State Control (PSC) inspections are expected. As the SOx regulation involves various fields, ClassNK has reorganised its structure by integrating its points of contact to provide faster and more efficient support to clients. The points of contact for inquiries related to the SOx regulation are now the Machinery deaprtment for inquiries about new buildings, while Inquiries about ships in service will be handled by the Survey department.

Contact details and ClassNK’s initiatives with the SOx regulation can be found on the ClassNK website.

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