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The class society’s ‘Innovation Endorsement’ service will target innovative digital technology in the maritime sphere.

The launch of the new service follows the announcement of the ClassNK Digital Grand Design 2030, which is intended to support the evolution of ocean-related business by meeting the new needs of clients related to digital technology and data distribution, and contribute to the further improvement of safety.

Dr Toshiro Arima Corporate Officer, General Manager of ClassNK’s Digital Transformation Centre, commented on the rationale behind introduction of the new service: ‘Up until now, we have carried out certifications in accordance with the mandatory requirements of international conventions and of our rules. On the other hand, it is likely that a clear evaluation standard has yet to be established for innovative technologies, which can occasionally hinder their diffusion.

‘Accordingly, "Innovation Endorsement" will provide certification services regardless of existing standards based on the policies of "speed-focused" and "establishing evaluation criteria in cooperation with front runners". In cooperation with technical front-runners, we will continue establishing appropriate evaluation criteria and providing prompt certification services.’

"Innovation Endorsement" certification will be carried out and classified under the following headings:

1. Ships: A new class notation, ‘Digital Smart Ship’ will be established and will be given to ships applying digital technologies including various types of monitoring and autonomous navigation.
2. Products/solutions: This ncludes innovative products/solutions that are expected to be widely used in the future such as those involving Condition Based Monitoring, fuel efficiency improvements, data quality assurance, and electronic logbooks.
3. Providers: Certification of development methods for creating innovative technologies by companies.

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