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ClassNK grants DSS notation to NYK’s new LNG-fuelled PCTC

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Classification society ClassNK has granted its Digital Smart Ship (DSS) notation to SAKURA LEADER, an LNG-fuelled PCTC which was ordered to Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. Ltd. by NYK Line. The vessel has been marked with the first DSS on its notation in ClassNK’s registry.

As a part of the society’s new initiative, ‘Innovation Endorsement’, which aims to certify innovations utilising digital technology, ClassNK released its ‘Guidelines for Digital Smart Ship’, which stipulates the procedures for class notations for ships with advanced digital technology.

The vessel, delivered on 28 October, is the first LNG-fuelled PCTC built in Japan.

NYK has announced that: “Beginning with this ship, NYK will proceed with the replacement of vessels in its PCTC fleet with next-generation eco-friendly ships.”

Having received the application from Shin Kurushima Dockyard based on NYK’s intent, ClassNK has carried out the verification for the vessel installing cutting-edge digital technology in line with the Guidelines. Upon the satisfactory completion of document/plan examination and on-site survey, ClassNK has added ‘DSS(EE)’ for energy efficiency analysis function, ‘DSS(MM)’ for machinery monitoring, ‘DSS(CNS)’ for onboard data processing and data transmission to shore, to the notation of SAKURA LEADER.

Speaking on the occasion, Hayato Suga, Corporate Officer, Director of Plan Approval and Technical Solution Division said: “ClassNK has granted its Digital Smart Ship on the notation of the groundbreaking LNG-fuelled PCTC SAKURA LEADER. I am glad that the society has been able to issue the first class certificate with DSS just around two months after the related Guidelines’ release. I would like to appreciate NYK and Shin Kurushima Dockyard for its corporation, enabling us to swiftly and smoothly carry out the verification. Granting this notation will be the milestone for our initiative facilitating advanced technology and the remarkable model of our upcoming certification process.”

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