ClassNK Opts Wind Propulsion To Achieve Decarbonisation

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  • ClassNK joins the International Windship Association.
  • ClassNK is the second classification society to become a member of IWSA joining Bureau Veritas.
  • ClassNK has been developing necessary standards to ensure the safety and soundness of designs applying wind propulsion technology. 
  • IWSA believes that momentum for wind-powered solutions for marine propulsion is growing as shipping looks to decarbonise.

ClassNK is the second classification society to become a member of IWSA joining Bureau Veritas, reports Seatrade Maritime News.

ClassNK joins IWSA

Japanese classification society ClassNK has joined the International Windship Association (IWSA) that promotes wind propulsion for vessels. ClassNK is the second classification society to become a member of IWSA joining Bureau Veritas.

Safety and soundness

Hayato Suga, ClassNK’s corporate officer and director of plan approval and technical solution division, commented: “Expecting that wind propulsion technology will play an even greater role as ships’ power source, ClassNK has been developing necessary standards to ensure the safety and soundness of designs applying them. Utilizing our expertise and R&D outcome, I’m looking forward to working together with IWSA members to meet the challenges of emission reduction.”

Last September ClassNK released its “Guidelines for Wind-Assisted Propulsion Systems for Ships”.

Critical year for wind propulsion 

Gavin Allwright, secretary general of IWSA said: “2020 will be a critical year for wind propulsion developments as we enter the ‘decade to deliver’ on GHG emission reductions. We are delighted to welcome ClassNK aboard at this important juncture and the expertise they bring to IWSA will be invaluable to help deliver credible, viable and safe wind solutions into the market.”

IWSA believes that momentum for wind-powered solutions for marine propulsion is growing as shipping looks to decarbonise.

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Source: Seatrade Maritime News

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