ClassNK sets the stage for implementing the new conventions
Before time runs out, ClassNK shows what needs to be done to comply with conventions scheduled to come into force
ClassNK has always been in the forefront in promoting good practices and creating awareness about new conventions of the International Maritime Organization set to come into force so that stakeholders become a part of the solution. Its Research & Development efforts are centered on investing for the future by creating greener and smarter technology for the maritime industry.
In a major effort to help keep clients abreast of various developments, ClassNK has been holding regular seminars offering excellent opportunities for these clients to interact and understand different issues in their proper perspective. This is part of ClassNK’s drive to help in saving the environment – keeping our oceans clean in particular and respecting our planet in general. It is an adage that it is never too late to make changes and in order to give a helping hand to save nature, ClassNK has been bending over backwards to help eliminate emissions of SOx, NOx, CO particulate matter and other pollutants.
ClassNK R & D efforts have yielded top of the line results for facilitating various ship operations and help implement the new conventions. Some prominent results of their R & D efforts include the legendary Prime Ship Hull (HCSR) Designed Software considered the latest and best software for HCSR; Prime-Ship – Green / SRM or Cloud system for Ship Recycling Management as well as the ClassNK Archive Center or the Archive Center required for IMO GBS SFC and also the ClassNK NAPA GREEN for Energy Saving, viz a comprehensive Solution for support ship operations and decision making.
An update on the developments on NOx Reducing Technology gave an insight on various technologies available that could be integrated for keeping pace with requirements of MARPOL Annex VI. These include methods such as selective catalytic reduction, exhaust gas recirculation or single / dual fuel engine using LNG in keeping with the standards required to be complied with. ClassNK’s R & D operates either independently or by partnering with industry.
With regard to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 as adopted on 13 February 2004, 38 states have ratified the convention as of end October, 2013 amounting to 30.38% of the total world ship tonnage. Once the required 35% countries ratify it, the convention takes effect 12 months from that day. IMO states have recognized that quite a small number of Ballast Water Management Systems have been installed so far.
MEPC has agreed to review the installation schedule for the systems required for smooth implementation of the Convention. It has been agreed upon that the draft IMO assembly resolution allowing existing ships originally required to install the systems by ‘the entry into force date’ of the convention be exempted from the requirement until its first renewal survey following the date of entry into force of the convention. This draft resolution will be considered for adoption at the IMO Assembly this month. Another vital development is that the number of systems which can be actually installed on board i.e. which are type-approved by the Administration, including the systems not using active substances has reached 34 in all.
It is only after these conventions come into force would it be possible to see the outcome and decide what more needs to be done.