ClassNK amends 'Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships'

(TOKYO) — Leading classification society ClassNK has announced that it released amendments to its "Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships" on May 8.

ClassNK continuously reviews, updates, and amends its technical rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of life and property at sea, and to protect the marine environment. The "Rules and Guidance" is amended regularly in order to reflect the latest research results from damage investigations as well as changes made to relevant international conventions, IACS Unified Requirements, national regulations, and requests from the maritime industry. The amendments, dated May 8, include the following:

• Requirements related to “Propeller Shaft Condition Monitoring Systems," in response to requests from the industry.
• Requirements related to “Material Factors of Rolled Stainless Steel and Stainless Clad Steel Plates," to reflect recent research and development results.
• Requirements related to “Means of Escape from Machinery Control Rooms and Main Workshops," to reflect changes made to relevant international conventions.
• Requirements related to “Installation Positions of Fixed Hydrocarbon Gas Detection Systems," to reflect recent changes made to relevant IACS Unified Requirements.

The PDF files of ClassNK "Rules and Guidance" are available free of charge via ClassNK’s website for those who have registered for the ClassNK “My Page” service. To register for the “My Page” service free of charge, go to ClassNK’s website and click on the “My Page Login” button.

By Professional Mariner Staff