ClassNK starts issuing of electronic classification and statutory certificates

Cargo ship class societyJapanese classification society ClassNK commences operation for issuing of comprehensive electronic classification and statutory certificates since June 15. ClassNK e-Certificate will first be made available to Liberian-flagged vessels on the register exclusively, but also will be spread to other vessels. The electronic classification services are result of innovative project aimed at reducing the workload on board and at shore by minimizing potential clerical errors and time-loss associated with paper burden. The system is based on latest IMO standards and enables secure transmission of certificates from ship to shore and vice versa, but also has online function to determine the validity of certificates.

“With the successful completion of operational trials, and authorization from the Liberian Registry, ClassNK has become the world’s first classification society to provide a comprehensive system for electronic certificates”, said the Director of ClassNK’s Survey Operations Division, Tetsuya Hayashi. “We plan to expand the availability of this innovative service to even more vessels on our register in the near future in order to meet the growing needs of the industry”, added he.

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai is a ship classification society. It is also known by the brand name ClassNK. It is a not for profit society dedicated to ensuring the safety of life and property at sea, and the prevention of pollution of the marine environment. The principal work of the Society’s expert technical staff is to undertake surveys to ensure that the rules which it has developed, are applied to both newly built and existing ships in order to ensure the safety of these vessels. The rules cover not only hull structures, but also safety equipment, cargo handling gear, engines, machinery, and electrical and electronic systems among others.