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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 

Japanese Classification Society ClassNK has developed its 'ClassNK Digital Grand Design 2030', in response to the growing need for ESG investment and SDGs management, social transformation and digital technology in the maritime industry.

ClassNK says that attempts are being made to create new value by collecting and utilising data on ship operations and cargo movements, and sharing it among different players to promote further innovation. Advances in digital technology are introducing unprecedented ways of ensuring safety, such as data condition monitoring and evaluation, and advanced predictions through simulations.

ClassNK Digital Grand Design 2030 shows the future vision of the Society for the digital society of 2030. With the grand design’s concept of 'Creating innovation for a blue econom', ClassNK extends its technology and knowledge to ocean-related business and aims to bring innovation to maritime and related industries. To achieve this, the society has established three fundamental policies:

  • Further improve safety and efficiency by providing advanced and rational classification services through the development of new technical services based on data utilisation such as survey systems in line with condition monitoring and evaluation technologies, and the creation of individual ship charts.
  • Diversify certification services and expand their scope. In particular, create new value in ocean-related businesses by providing support with new challenges involving ocean development and integrated onshore and offshore logistics services.
  • Support the realisation of social innovation brought by digital technology and new challenges by establishing various rules and flexible environmental aspects.

Dr Toshiro Arima, Corporate Officer and General Manager of Digital Transformation Center, said: “ClassNK aims to support the evolution of ocean-related business by meeting new needs from smarter logistics brought about by digital technology and data distribution, and by contributing to the further improvement of safety. To realise its digital grand design and smoothly incorporate new technologies, we will cultivate advanced human resources who have not only specialised knowledge, but also knowledge of digital technology, and develop our accumulated information and know-how.”

A business plan based on the above fundamental policies is being developed as a road map and will be announced at a later date.

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