Class societies Lloyd’s Register and RINA have announced separate new initiatives to support the certification of technology-enabled vessels at sea, as we move to the era of what RINA describes as the ‘Digital Ship’.
Common Structural Rules Software LLC, a joint venture company formed by ABS and Lloyd’s Register (LR), has released a software upgrade which aims to simplify compliance with current and pending IACS Common Structural Rules (CSR).
The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has confirmed that it has started issuing electronic certificates for all its classed vessels, in accordance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) guidelines for the use of e-Certificates (FAL.5-Circ.39-Rev2).
Bureau Veritas has launched a new web-based search engine for maritime stakeholders to identify, locate and contact service suppliers or manufacturers approved by the class society, and to search for certified products and materials.
RINA has released its ‘Guidelines for the certification of metallic products made by additive manufacturing’ for the marine Industry, to ensure that each step in the additive manufacturing process for items to be used in a maritime context is repeatable, documented and can be verified by a third party.
DNV GL has announced the release of its first cyber security class notations, to be published on the classification society’s rules page from July 2018.
Classification society ABS has developed a new methodology to measure cyber security risk associated with operational technology, providing a calculated risk index for vessels, fleets and facilities.
ClassNK has released its new Guidelines for Use of Drones in Class Surveys, covering the applicable range and procedures which should be applied in the use of drones during these activities, as well as technical considerations for safe operation and requirements for drone service suppliers.
ABS has announced the launch of e-Certificates, digital equivalents of traditional ABS paper certificates which will now be made available to ABS’ entire classed-fleet, subject to individual Flag Administrations’ authorisation.
The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has launched “several projects” to help the industry adapt to changes in regulations and technologies, as well as identify barriers to autonomous ship operations, according to chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen.
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