Innovation Endorsement Approach
As companies pursue ESG management and the SDGs to realise a sustainable society, various innovations have been vital to resolve challenges. ClassNK offers its “Innovation Endorsement (IE) Approach” as a framework to support innovative initiatives through third-party certification. The basic concept of IE is introduced below
IE is ClassNK’s initiative as a third-party certification body to create new value based on "Third party certification/ evaluation/ rating", and it is one of the three business pillars on which "ClassNK Digital Grand Design 2030"*1 (announced in February 2020) is based. It has described the future shape required to a class society in the digital society.
(*1) Related press release: "ClassNK develops its Digital Grand Design 2030”
The principle policy of IE is as follows
- Speed-focused: As innovation progresses rapidly, ClassNK focuses on the speed to fully follow its pace, establish evaluation technologies as a third party, and then certify such innovation.
- Cooperation with front runners: Since a clear evaluation standard is unlikely to have yet been established for innovative technologies, ClassNK examines and develops evaluation standards in collaboration with pioneering front runners.
- Certification expected by customers and society: In response to the expansion of the scope of innovative initiatives, the scope and target of certification will be also expanded based on customer needs and social conditions.
Scope of certification
The scope of IE covers four categories: Digital*2, Environment, Safety, and Labour. In addition, "Yours" demonstrates ClassNK's commitment to work to meet any needs of customers and society.
(*2) IE was launched focusing on digital innovation in July 2020.
Target of certification
IE covers three categories as the target of certification: Ships, Products & Solutions, and Providers.
- Notation: For ships, notations such as "DSS"*3, "a-EA"*4 ,”a-SAFE”*5, and “ELW”*6 indicating advanced initiatives related to the digitalisation, environment, safety, and living and working environment on board have been incorporated to the ship, are added to its class certificate and support the enhancement of ship's value.
- P&S certification: For products and solutions (P&S), ClassNK examines and verifies their innovative functions based on our knowledge and experience as a third-party certification body and issue certificates for supporting the deployment of products and services.
- Provider certification: For organisations (providers) engaging in innovative initiatives, ClassNK provides flexible supports from the early stage with three levels of certification, (1) Conception (Class C), (2) Development (Class D), and (3) Sustainable implementation (Class S).
ClassNK is committed to contributing to the sustainable evolution of maritime and offshore business activities by actively supporting innovative technologies through IE, and monitoring to innovation trends, and continuing its Innovation ecosystem to respond quickly to customers’ advanced initiatives.
(*3) DSS: Abbreviation for Digital Smart Ship. Refer to ClassNK’s Guidelines for Digital Smart Ship.
(*4) a-EA: Abbreviation for Advanced Environmental Awareness. Refer to Chapter 5 of ClassNK’s Environmental Guidelines
(*5) a-SAFE: Abbreviation for Advanced Safety. Refer to ClassNK’s Guidelines for Advanced Safety Measures.
(*6) ELW: Abbreviation for Excellent Living and Working Environment. Refer to ClassNK’s Guidelines for Excellent Living and Working Environment.
IE Certified logo
IE Certified logo is provided to certified company/organization.
Endorsement Achievement (As of 14th of Mar. 2023)
- IE Notation:
- DSS : 82 vessels are assigned DSS Notation. Details are as follows
- a-EA: 2 vessels are assigned DSS Notation. Details are as follows
- P&S Certification: 24
Please find following link for detail of certification
Achievement of P&S Certification
- Provider Certification: 4
Please find following link for detail of certification
Achievement of Providers Certification
|DSS(EE) ：4||DSS(EE2) ：58||DSS(MM)：16||DSS(SM)：23|
Note: Meaning of sign is as follows.
DSS(RCSM)：Refrigerated Cargo Shore Monitoring
DSS(CNS): Connected Ship
DSS(ESM)：Emission Shore Monitoring
a-EA(ESA)：Energy Saving Additives
a-EA(SCELL): Solar Cell
For inquiries and applications, please contact
Digital Transformation Center, ClassNKTel: +81-3-5226-2738 (main)
Achievement of P&S Certification Detail
|No.||Company||Name of Product/Solution||Overview||Link|
|1||Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE)||Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions||This system is DSS (CNS, EE) compliant, and an advanced solution equipped with automatic collection and transmission status monitoring of ship's operation data via satellite communication, and statistical / analysis function of various data.||https://www.classnk.or.jp/
|2||Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.||SOPass (Ship Operation and Performance analysis support system)||It is a ship operation management system which provides visual representations of operational status information, carries out various type of performance analysis, and offers LNG cargo management optimization features.|
|3||Sunflame Co., Ltd.||Sunflame Smart Support System||Sunflame Smart Support System has the functions of automatic data arrangement of ｓonboard equipment: data collection, file conversion, file sending, and data storage. The collected data is sent to shore to monitor and analyze its performance. As feedback, the analysis report is automatically sent to clients to raise awareness of the hazard besides a periodic report as well as informing clients of the maintenance time, operation plan for trouble prevention, and fuel efficiency.||http://sunflame.net/|
|4||Alpha Ori Technologies Pte. LTD.,||SMARTShip – Asset AI Plus||AssetAI monitors the condition of machineries, detects anomalies and degradation, and proposes maintenance tasks and overhaul plans based on its condition. AI prediction using machine learning algorithms prevents failures and reduces equipment downtime.CIM is a business support service for shipowners and charterers who are obligated to compile and report CO2 and CII emissions from their fleet. We provide our specialized report template, collect voyage data, and confirm the contents with the ship.||Company Site:
|5||Weathernews Inc.||Carbon Intensity Monitoring (CIM) Service||CIM is a business support service for shipowners and charterers who are obligated to compile and report CO2 and CII emissions from their fleet. We provide our specialized report template, collect voyage data, and confirm the contents with the ship.|
|6||NIHON SHIPYARD CO., LTD.||Sea-Navi®2.0s||Sea-NaviⓇ2.0 is a voyage support integrated platform for safe operation and environmental-friendly operation of vessels. We provide weather routing (optimal routing support) application and various data monitoring/analysis functions using big data collected from vessels.||https://www.nsyc.co.jp/|
|7||SEAHARMONY LP||SEAWALKER web platform||“SEAWALKER” software platform provide remote support capability connected with remote devices. SEAWALKER provides remote communication and interaction in the following, but not limited situations: Troubleshooting and fault findings, Emergency response Service, Remote Surveys, Training, Inspecting industrial assets before consignment to clients, Supervising, Remote ship’s inspection, Energy efficiency audits, Routine maintenance and etc. Other services can be provided by third party experts. Smart Glass capabilities connected with SEAWALKER software platform which allows hands-free in a complete freedom and safety. It allows a field technician to receive audio/video streaming support from remote experts (and vice versa) , via a secure and reliable network or satellite connection. Usage of SEAWALKER software platform reduces travel cost and reduce CO2 emissions.||https://seaharmony.io/
|8||Marine Net CO., LTD||MN-Station||To concretely practice training, maintenance, and IT equipment monitoring after the formulation of a vessel's cyber security management system a subscription service that provides core units & systems||https://marine-net.co.jp/
|9||U-Ming Marine TRANSPROT CORP.||Fleet Safety Management System||Fleet Safety management (FSM) is a near real-time safety monitoring system that can provide the Master with the ability to monitor the ship's safety while away from the bridge, reducing the chance of sailing accidents. In addition, the shore management can also receive the same information to assist the Master in maintaining the ship's safety and help the Master solve the problem in time to avoid another significant accident.||https://www.uming.com.tw/|
|10||NAPA Ltd||NAPA Performance Monitoring & Optimization||Complete package for ship operations planning and analysis onboard and ashore. High-frequency voyage data feeds into comprehensive analytics tools to help control ship performance. The adaptive dynamic performance model integrates with voyage and trim optimization for accurate voyage estimates. The solution helps save emissions, time, and money while improving safety and situational awareness.||https://www.napa.fi/
|11||NAPA Ltd||NAPA Fleet Intelligence||NAPA Fleet Intelligence is a user-friendly cloud-based solution for improving ship efficiency and safety. It combines open data and actual performance data collected from vessels, integrating with any reporting tool you use. Choose from various modules to match your needs, such as technical performance monitoring, analysis of charter party compliance, or weather routing for optimized voyages.||https://www.napa.fi/
|12||DENBA Japan Corporation||DENBA+Marine||DENBA+ Marine” is an innovative device which creates a space of electric potential by emitting extremely low frequent electromagnetic wave from its electrical discharge mats. It resonates the water molecules in the food and thus activating the cells of the fresh provisions and keeping their freshness longer than usual. Installing DENBA+ Marine in chamber of the vessels contributes to SDGs by reducing food loss and improving crews’ food environment,||Company Site:
|13||Marlink SAS||CyberGuard Threat Detection||Marlink’s CyberGuard service correlates the network traffic sent from and received by the vessel with multiple Cyber Security sources to detect cyber security threats. Customers view detected threats, Key Performance Indicators (KPI) on the cyber risk of each vessel and other reports in the online CyberGuard Portal and can activate alerts by E-Mail or by API. Each threat is assigned an urgency level based on the danger and the criticality of the onboard vessel network. To remediate a detected threat, countermeasures can be implemented directly in the CyberGuard Portal which then apply to the onboard network device.||Company Site:
|14||FURUNO Electric Co., Ltd.||FURUNO Open Platform||FURUNO Open Platform (FOP) is a data collection system that supports ship operation in an integrated manner between ship and onshore. FOP unit installed onboard collects ship’s data and deliver it to the FOP server onshore via VSAT or other communication system. The user is enabled to monitor ship’s status and condition via the FOP viewer on shore. FOP viewer has capability of providing alert notice function and data link with other system flexibly, in accordance with customer`s request. Please feel free to contact to us.||https://www.furuno.com/
|15||Innospec Fuel Specialties||Octamar Combusion Catalst series - Octamar Ultra HF, Octmar Complete, Octamar F35C||Octamar is a fuel technology that is a combination of combustion/soot catalyst, combustion improver and stabilizer/dispersant. This creates a threefold effect on combustion catalysis, ignition improvement, homogenization and better atomization/spray pattern achieving improvement in fuel economy and reduced unburnt fuel in exhaust, soot, PAH, post combustion fouling, black smoke, black carbon and other emissions. The success of this work has been patented and the products’ performance trialled on field trials on various ship types, test bed engines and in fuel laboratories.||https://www.octamar.info/|
|16||Aidea Inc.||Aisea PRO||“Aisea PRO" shares AIS information, camera images, engine data, and other data surrounding ships in real time between ships and shore via the Aisea platform. It realizes the digitization of business operations, the improvement of safety by utilizing accumulated operational status data, linkage with external systems, and paperless operations||https://aisea.net|
|17||FURUNO Electric Co., Ltd.||AR Navigation System||AR Navigation System is our all-new advanced augmented reality navigation system that provides substantial support to navigation. Thanks to a camera, an image of the front view projects on a display and the navigation information is superimposed over this live video imagery. Even in adverse weather or visibility conditions, you can clearly view other vessels' routes and critical information, as well as own ship data, allowing you stress-free maneuvering and navigation.||https://www.furuno.com/
|18||FURUNO Electric Co., Ltd.||3D Bird View System||The 3D Bird View System (3DBV) receives information around the own vessel from the electronic chart system (ECS, ECDIS), the Radar, and the AIS. The navigation data is expressed on a three-dimensional virtual reality space. This supports the user's spatial awareness ability. The 3DBV displays the collision risk area from a bird’s-eye view. The collision risk area indicates the risk area of collision between the own vessel and the other vessels.||https://www.furuno.com/
|19||Japan Radio Co.,Ltd.||J-Marine Cloud||J-Marine Cloud provides advanced vessel management and operational support solutions for onshore fleet managers. And also, this service provides a variety of services to vessels, such as meteorological and oceanographic information and optimal route support services, to boost on-board decision-making capabilities of vessels.||https://www.jmarinecloud.com/eng/|
|20||GILLS PTE LTD||GILLS(Gas Injected Liquid Lubrication System)||The Gills Unit of the GILLS System is a device for Ultra Fine Microbubble generation. Different to conventional ways of microbubble generation, the GILLS System reduces frictional resistance, thereby reducing power requirements. GILLS achieves the reduction of drag by generating Ultra-Fine Microbubble (peak dia 1.0mm) by applying the physical phenomena Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability (KHI). The Microbubbles are released as soon as generated. The Microbubbles stay in the water a long time and form a cloud with hull-tightening force on it. Any ship that goes through the cloud, the hull drag is being reduced by hull-tightening Microbubbles.||www.gills.sg|
|21||Tokusyu Kousyo Gijutsu Society||Tokusyu Kousyo Gijutsu||Tokusyu Kousyo Gijutsu is a technology that allows technicians to work safely at heights without using temporary scaffolds or heavy machinery by using ropes, lanyards, and other special equipment to prevent falls in difficult-to-access areas.||https://tkgs.or.jp/|
|22||Port-IT||Vanir||Port-ITs Vanir is the first ever all-in-one security solution tailored to fit the needs of the maritime market. Especially designed to be used onboard vessels, Vanir will secure your network and computers with its mixture of a vessels next generation Firewall (UTM) and their well know Endpoint Security powered by Gartner recognized ESET engines. All settings can be handled via the Port-IT Portal from shore and serve you with comprehensive logging and reports to keep you up-to-date of your vessels it and cyber security.||https://www.port-it.nl/
|23||Groke Technilogies||Groke Pro||Groke Pro is a product designed to enhance situational awareness for crew members on board a vessel. It aims to support navigation and reduce cognitive stress by providing real-time information about the vessel's surroundings. The product features two main views: a real-time video feed from a camera installed on the vessel, which highlights other vessels and sea marks in the camera's field of view with indicators, and a map view that shows the area of operation and any detected and tracked objects on top of the map. This allows crew members to quickly and easily identify potential hazards or other vessels in the area. Groke Pro is intended to work in conjunction with statutory navigation systems and visual lookout to provide a complete picture of the vessel's surroundings.||https://www.groke-tech.com/
|24||FURUNO Electric Co., Ltd.||HermAce Remote Monitoring ＆Troubleshooting Platform||HermAce is an innovative remote monitoring tool that aims to monitor the operational status of marine electronic products in real time, anytime, anywhere. Various data collected on board can be viewed from land by accessing a dedicated web portal and using real-time data enable to reduce the time required for engineers to visit ships and their time during VDR/S-VDR annual performance test and reduce labor costs.||https://www.furuno.com/
Achievement of Providers Certification Detail
|1||TSUNEISHI FACILITIES & CRAFTS CO., LTD.||Ｃ＆Ｄ|
|2||Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha||Ｓ|
|3||”K"Line Wind Service, LTD,||C|