Class NK issues guidelines for gas-fueled ships

Classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has issued new guidelines for gas-fueled ships. The guidelines specify requirements for the design of natural gas fueled ships based on the current draft of IMO'sInternational Code of Safety for ships using gases or other low flash-point fuels (IGF Code). The code governs safety aspects of the application of natural gas for propulsion and auxiliary purpose

The new ClassNK guidelines provide comprehensive information on key design features including bunkering, hull structure, fire safety, and explosion prevention measures.

The guidelines are currently available in Japanese only. The English version will be published in early March

"One of our most important missions as a classification society is to help ensure the safety of shipping as the industry looks to ways in which it can reduce its carbon footprint," says ClassNK Chairman & President Noboru Ueda, adding: "These new guidelines have been compiled based on our vast array of technical expertise and experience. By releasing these guidelines today, we hope to provide practical guidance for shipyards, manufacturers, owners, managers, and operators looking to prepare their fleets for a safer, greener future."

February 21, 2012