ClassNK, a leading classification society, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Transas Marine, the specialist in maritime simulation, navigation and surveillance systems.
The MoU represents collaboration between the two companies over the improvement of the classification of marine simulators. According to the agreement, ClassNK and Transas will jointly develop new standards, rules, procedures and guidelines related to classification of maritime simulators. New requirements will address the need for improved quality of both traditional and special areas of training, like offshore, LNG, tug and VTS operations.
Mr. Koichi Fujiwara, the ClassNK Executive Vice President, said: "I believe that ClassNK and Transas cooperation will bring impressive results. My feeling is that the technology is changing. It is an accelerating change that demonstrates an increasing interest towards the safety of the environment. Transas has the special knowledge in effective tools for education, which is vital to ensure this. Meanwhile ClassNK has a long history of certification. I'm sure that this combination will contribute to the future of the entire maritime industry."
Transas Marine Limited Director Mr. Andrey Belentiev said the following during the signing ceremony: "Transas is very honoured to cooperate with ClassNK. High-quality maritime education is a basis for safety and efficiency of shipping. This strategic partnership will allow both companies to contribute to raising the level of marine professional education where proper standards are necessary, thus fully complying with our mission – Transas sets the standard."
Figure 1: Mr. Koichi Fujiwara (left) and Mr. Andrey Belentiev (right) shake hands at the signing ceremony.
Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe
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