• ClassNK grants innovation endorsement...

    Leading Classification Society ClassNK granted its first Innovation Endorsement “Provider Certification” for organizations to TSUNEISHI FACILITIES & CRAFT CO., LTD. (TFC). Upon examining TFC’s established organizational structure for innovation and its innovation activities, the Society granted Class C and D certification to the provider.


  • In a Historic First, ABS Classes Floating Wind...

    Maritime and offshore classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has classed the 25MW WindFloat Atlantic floating offshore wind farm in Portugal, making it the world’s first classed offshore wind farm of the type.


  • A new innovation from GTT: a more environmentally...

    GTT announces that it has obtained, with its partner Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group Co. (HZ), a double Approval in Principle (AiP), from the classification Society China Classification Society (CCS) and DNV, for the “Ballast-Water-Free” LNG Bunker & Feeder vessel concept.


  • ClassNK publishes an onboard poster describing...

    Leading Classification Society ClassNK has published an onboard poster for ships titled “Issues after starting to use VLSFO,” which outlines common main engine issues and recommended countermeasures when using Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) that complies with SOx regulations.


  • Mr. Vijay Arora takes over as Managing Director...

    Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) announces a top management transition with Mr. Vijay Arora taking over as Managing Director with effect from 1st July 2021. This appointment follows the superannuation of Mr. Suresh Sinha on 30th June 2021.


  • DNV adds new notations for future fuel ready ships

    Classification society DNV has released the latest updates to its rules for ship classification, with a raft of new class notations designed to enable the maritime industry to tackle the decarbonisation challenge. The new updates include “Fuel Ready”, a class notation that offers shipowners the option to prepare for a later conversion to multiple different alternative fuel options, and “Gas fuelled ammonia” for ammonia fuelled vessels, to stay ahead of shipping’s ever tightening carbon reduction requirements.


  • ABB completes key stage in DNV cyber security...

    ABB’s automation, propulsion and switchboard systems for vessels have successfully been verified to meet DNV’s class notation ‘Cyber secure SP0’, based on the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) guidelines for cyber risk management.



Maritime Hydrogen fuel cells advance with ABS and DNV class societies

Progress is continuing to be made in the efforts to develop new technologies, including hydrogen fuel cells, as a viable carbon-reducing solution on the shipping industry’s path to decarbonization. In the latest developments, two of the leading classification societies, ABS and DNV, recently provided early approvals to hydrogen fuel cell concepts developed by Bloom Energy Services. This includes the first fuel-cell-powered, engineless liquified natural gas carrier and as an alternative power source for vessels.


Newly recognised class society expands Middle East Operations

The Panama and Florida-based International Register of Shipping (INTLREG) is expanding its regional coverage in the Middle East by providing services now in Kuwait after being officially recognised as a classification society by the oil producing GCC country.


DNV backs crew change programme in South East Asia

DNV, the world’s leading classification society and risk management expert, is embarking on an instrumental role in helping to facilitate safe crew changes amid South East Asia’s COVID crisis as an auditor in the multi-party backed CrewSafe programme.


ABS Consulting and S&K Mission Support join forces under the SBA Mentor-Protégé program

To aid the Federal Government in expanding its base of qualified small businesses, S&K Mission Support (SKMS) and ABSG Consulting Inc. (ABS Consulting) jointly announced that they entered the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Mentor-Protégé program. The SBA program is designed to enhance the capability of small business participants to successfully compete for federal government contracts. The partnership is enhanced by the establishment of a joint venture titled Snow Eagle Group.