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ClassNK builds digital archive for new standards

ClassNK has established a new digital archive centre for the maritime industry called ClassNK Archive Center (NKAC), to house Ship Construction Files in accordance with IMO’s Goal-based ship construction standards (GBS) and the Industry Standard, which apply from 1 July 2016.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The GBS are broad safety and environmental standards that ships are required to meet during their operational lifetime. The new SOLAS regulation II-1/3-10 has now made GBS applicable to bulk carriers and oil tankers of 150m in length and above for which the building contract is placed on or after the July deadline.

The new regulation requires that a Ship Construction File (SCF) be provided upon delivery of a new ship and kept on board the ship and/or ashore. The SCF provides ship information related to design and construction that is needed to ensure the safety of the ship throughout its operational life.

Certain documents within the SCF are recognised as being highly sensitive intellectual property and are permitted to be kept onshore. ClassNK’s archive centre can be used to securely store these documents.

The Industry Standard (The SCF Industry Standard (IS) and SCF Supplementary Guidance (SG)) was developed by a cross-industry group including the Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan (SAJ) and other organisations such as CANSI, CESA, KOSHIPA, SCA, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO, BIMCO, OCIMF and IACS.

It provides industry guidance relevant to new shipbuildings, substantial repairs, conversions and major modifications to the structure of bulk carriers and oil tankers, and was noted at the 96th session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 96) held in May 2016.

ClassNK has worked with tech giant IBM in the development of NKAC, which it says is the industry’s first onshore digital archive centre to fully comply with IMO GBS and the Industry Standard.

NKAC will function as the third-party keeper of the ‘SCF Supplement Ashore’ in digital format, while also keeping a full digital copy of the ‘SCF Onboard’ for backup purposes. It can also be used as an information storage and management platform for other ship drawings.

The Cloud-based system includes an intrusion prevention system as well as remote data protection, ClassNK says.{/mprestriction}

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