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DNV GL releases new vessel classification rules

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DNV GL has made its latest vessel classification rules public by releasing them online. In the process of creating the new rules, 7000 pages were reviewed (both internally and externally), and 2000 detailed comments were made by manufacturers, owners, maritime shareholders, academics, and flag states. This has led to over 700 rule modifications being made. Whilst the new rules have been released, they will not enter into force until 1 January 2016.

The updated rules have enabled DNV GL to use more modern software and tools in order for it to be more adept at handling future developments. Furthermore, the new rules support the use of new technology, including hybrid propulsion concepts, battery installations and LNG bunkering vessels through new class notations.

Remi Eriksen, the Group President and CEO of DNV GL, said: “After such a thorough process it is very exciting to launch the new DNV GL classification rules. The engagement of our customers and industry stakeholders has been overwhelming. From our initial discussions, through the review and external hearing process we have received invaluable input and we are deeply grateful for the consideration and enthusiasm of all involved. I look forward to following the many joint development projects using the new classification rules already underway.”

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, the CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, said: “I’m proud we took advantage of the unique opportunity to have a fresh look at our rules and have created a new industry benchmark.

“The dedication of our customers has been outstanding. Together with them we have truly taken up the challenge of taking classification into the future. I believe this new rule set gives us an even better basis to deliver the safety, efficiency and quality our customers expect.”

Edited from various sources by David Rowlands

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