ClassNK releases new guidelines

Classification society ClassNK has announced the release of new guidelines specifically for Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) and other workboats.

The new guidelines, which are being released in both English and Chinese, compile all of the ClassNK rules applicable to the construction and survey of tugs, OSVs, Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) ships, and other workboats.

Designed to be a complete and easy to use reference for workboat designers, builders, and operators, the new guidelines include complete chapters on workboat construction, installations, and positioning systems, as well as specific requirements for specialized workboats like fire fighting vessels.

The release of these new guidelines come as part of ClassNK's continued expansion into the global work boat market, which has brought great gains for the world's largest class society.

As a result of these expanded services, workboats accounted for nearly 25 percent of the newbuildings classed by NK last year.

Upon release of the new guidelines, ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda emphasized ClassNK's approach towards the industry.

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