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Cloud-based storage of Ship Construction Files

ClassNK is commencing the provision of cloud-based archive centre services for NYK Lines and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, with the classification society having reached a preliminary agreement with the two shipping companies regarding the use of the As-built Drawings Storage Service (ADSS).

Three vessels from these companies will be the first to use ADSS, which will manage Ship Construction Files (SCF) and store various electronic data for the ship’s finished plan. They are two 95,000dwt bulk carriers built by Imabari Shipbuilding – one of them owned by NYK Lines, the other operated by Mitsui – and a 300,000dwt VLCC (very large crude carrier) built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for Mitsui.

ClassNK’s Archive Centre uses IBM Japan’s cloud computing technology.

Talks are still underway on requirements regarding the storage of SCFs in line with the IMO’s Goal-Based Standards (GBS), applicable to bulkers and tankers contracted from 1 July 2016, ClassNK says, adding that its onshore SCF Archive Centre will be ready to store electronic information of ship drawings as soon as requirements are decided.

The classification society says that earlier this year it provided the world’s first storage service for electronic ship drawings that is not limited to specific ship types, ahead of the application of the above standards.

ADSS consolidates and manages SCFs and electronic data for a ship’s finished plan throughout the entirety of a ship's life. Shipowners can access the electronic storage service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through the internet.

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