Class Rules & Guides


Official release by Japanese Class Society, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK). It has been meant for ship masters and is intended to let them easily check whether their ships are kept in seaworthy and safe condition at any given time. When correctly applied and followed, this set of checklists will play a good role in providing the proper control over the maintenance of the vessel and, subsequently, make shipping safer.

Since the very first release of this booklet was published in 1994 and amended in 1996 to include the updates on the maintenance standards, significant number of comments and new ideas were received from the ship owners and other parties involved. The present edition of the Guide was prepared by NK Class Society based on those ideas and comments as well as NK database of detained vessels. Ship owners and crew members are expected to make all necessary arrangements for proper maintenance of the ships and make sure their ships are kept in a safe and seaworthy condition.

The authors hope that this Guide will be useful for the Masters and owners as the information contained in it is very practical and may contribute in proper maintenance and operation of the vessel; the checklist provided therein may be used not only for the official checks but also for the routine verification.

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Check this latest release of the Bureau Veritas Rules for Classification of Steel Ships – note that this is the consolidated edition of the Rules featuring coverage of all relevant areas. The content of the document is arranged in six major sections. The first section, or Part A, provides introductory information on the classification of the ships and associated class surveys, while the second section is dealing with the ship’s hull and stability, including main principles applied to the design of the ships, design loads, scantlings and outfitting of the hull, strength, protection from corrosion etc.

The next section is covering such critical items as ship’s machinery, electrical arrangements, ship automation system and fire protection. The remaining three sections address the service notations assigned to the ships depending on their specific features, particularly ones for the OSV, i.e. offshore service vessels, and tug ships, as well as the additional classification notations that are assigned to the ship at the request of the owner and upon verification of compliance with the relevant sections of the Rules. A must-have publication on board all vessels classed by BV, one of the world leaders in the field of marine and offshore classification.

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The IACS CSR for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers released in 2014 consist of two parts - General Hull Requirements and Ship Types. The first part covers rule general principles, general arrangement design, structural design principles, loads, hull girder strength, hull local scantling, direct strength analysis, buckling, fatigue, other structures, superstructure, deckhouses and hull outfitting, construction, and ship in operation - renewal criteria. The second part of the book addresses bulk carriers and oil tankers, specifically.

These IACS CSR shall apply to the bulk carriers and oil tankers constructed with double hull, self-propelled and with unrestricted area of navigation, that were contracted on or after July 2015. The typical structural arrangements of the vessels dealt with in these Rules assume double bottom of the depth complying with the requirements of the applicable statutory instruments, and the engine room located abaft the tank/cargo hold area. Note that the Rules do not apply to ore and combination carriers, woodchip carriers, cement, sugar and fly ash carriers (if loading and discharge is not done by grabs heavier than ten tons or power shovels and any other means which might possibly damage the structure of the cargo hold), and the vessels with the construction of the inner bottom adapted for self-unloading of the cargo.

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This is a full set of publications released by Russian Register of Shipping, all of the latest editions. The pack contains numerous publications arranged in five folders. The first folder contains the rules applicable to the classification and construction of sea-going vessels - twenty-six volumes are there including rules for the equipment, Load Line rules, and general regulations governing the classification as well as other activities.

The second pack contains rules other than those addressing sea-going ships - here you will find twenty-seven books including MODU rules, rules for transportation of grain, oil-and gas equipment of MODUs and fixed platforms, rules covering chemical tankers, LNG carriers, pleasure craft, subsea pipelines and production facilities, nuclear support vessels, inland navigation ships, high-speed craft, diving vessels and systems, marine operations rules, rules for classification of vessels in services and many others.

The third pack contains ten guidelines including the guidebook on MARPOL requirements, ships in service, Polar waters, MODUs, inland navigation ships, subsea pipelines, hazardous facilities and others. There are three publications in the fourth pack devoted to the ISM & ISPS Code while the last fifth pack contains Registers of ships and supplementary information.

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The present officially released DNV GL standard will apply to the sailing yachts constructed compliant with the requirements normally applicable to TP52 class yachts under the assumption that subject yachts are employed only under the conditions they were designed and constructed for. The content of the standard is arranged in three main chapters.

The first chapter with general requirements covers the scope and application of the document, certification matters and definitions used. The second chapter of the document is dealing with the design loads including general considerations, hull design pressures and design loads acting on the keel and its attachments, together with the rudder design loads.

The last third part of the publication addresses the design and scantling determination issues. This includes composite structures and main principles for their design. The document will be of practical us not only to the DNV GL class inspectors but also to any other person engaged in the design and construction of such yachts taking into account the information it provides to the readers. Save a copy for yourself in case you get interested with this area of ship design and construction.

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The official China Register rules to be applied during the qualification and certification of the personnel engaged in the nondestructive evaluation and testing. The content of the rulebook has been arranged in six major chapters. The first chapter contains general information on the subject and addresses the purpose and application of the document together with the definitions and abbreviations used within the document.

The second chapter is dealing with the certification and responsibilities, covering the general requirements, while the third chapter is covering the different qualification levels and technical requirements including the responsibilities for each of the levels. The chapter dealing with the eligibility covers the training experience of the personnel, industrial and education experience and health and vision requirements.

The last two chapters of the publication are dealing with the qualification examination and certification matters. There are two appendices supplementing the main part of the present rulebook and providing additional information on application of the qualification and structured credit system for the Level Three...

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The present recommended practice is devoted to the technical documentation related to the various subsea projects. The standards applicable to the industry define the specifications that describe the documentation requirements that commonly apply to the field development quite loosely. That is why the operators that work together with the suppliers tend to create their own requirements, in many cases containing different content, structure, data definition and scope.

The aim of the present document was to duly facilitate the process of standardization of the applicable technical documentation that is required for the subsea field development projects. The document is covering the documentation normally generated in the procurement, engineering and construction phases of the project.

It is also listing the project documentation relating to the operational phase as applicable to the various equipment and systems. The publication also details the essential documentation with the purpose to reduce the overall volume of the documents being transferred between all parties involved. Four main chapters of the volume cover general provisions, document management, work process and required documentation.

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This DNV GL standard was released to apply to all sea-going vessels classed by this Society. As it is implied by the title of this regulatory document, it covers the tall ship rigs. The material has been divided into six sections. The first section defines the scope of the document and its applicability.

The second section is devoted to the certification and verification systematics including the applicable procedure and documentation requirements together with the issuance of the certificate/statement of compliance, while the third section addresses the definitions used throughout the text of the document and provides their explanations.

The next section is covering the dimensioning of the masts, topmasts, bowsprits and booms. The fifth section is dealing with the standing rigging. The last sixth section of the booklet provides information related to the interchangeable and non-changeable components, running rigging, spare parts and other supplementary information.

In fact, the provisions contained in the pages of this standard may be useful for familiarization even to the people working on the vessels classed by any other classification society taking into account that the basics remain unchanged.

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