ClassNK releases industry developments for 2014 in annual Technical Bulletin

Associations, Classification Societies — By on December 30, 2014 at 12:26 PM

ClassNK logo 30122014Tokyo – Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released a summary of the latest industry developments in its annual Technical Bulletin (Vol. 32, 2014). This year’s edition covers projects on offshore sector facilities and trial results of software solution ClassNK-NAPA GREEN.

The ClassNK Technical Bulletin begins with some Invitation Papers in which several
prominent researchers from Japanese research institutes discuss cutting edge offshore
technologies. The topics discussed include “Wave Energy Converter: Development, Current
Status and Future Prospects” which examines technological developments in wave energy
convertors, specifically OWC-type converters followed by “Estimation of Position-keeping
Ability of Offshore Platform for SMS Mining”.

Recent developments in FLNG (floating liquefied natural gas) facilities are outlined in
ClassNK Technical Papers and details from the latest joint research projects with offshore
leading experts Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering (MODEC) and JGC Corporation
are included in the Technical Reports. MODEC has conducted research in collaboration with
ClassNK and other partners to work towards developing safe and economically viable FLNG
facilities and GTL plants for small to medium-sized offshore gas fields. With FLNG facilities
expected to become a reality in the next few years, the safe onboard use of cryogenic
refrigerants will be crucial for its success. The ClassNK bulletin looks at recent risk analysis
carried out by JGC Corporation on this issue and measures to be taken to mitigate such
leaks.

The paper on ClassNK-NAPA GREEN includes a comprehensive introduction of the
eco-efficiency software system and results from full scale ship trials carried out on ships in
operation. Results show how ClassNK-NAPA GREEN was successful in achieving a

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