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Japan: NYK LNG-fuelled car carrier receives ‘Digital Smart Ship’ notation by ClassNK

29 Oct 2020

Japanese shipping firm NYK Line on Wednesday (28 October) said Japan’s first LNG-fuelled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) Sakura Leader was awarded the “Digital Smart Ship (DSS)” notation by Classification Society ClassNK.

The vessel has been marked with the first “DSS” on its notation in ClassNK’s registry and is the first LNG-fuelled PCTC built in Japan; it was delivered on 28 October 2020.

ClassNK’s DSS notation was developed with the aim of supporting environmental conservation, safety improvement, and sustainable development at sea by promoting the expansion and development of new technologies.

This particular accreditation was for DSS (Energy Efficiency), which includes the analysis of energy consumption efficiency; DSS (Machinery Monitoring), which includes engine monitoring, data processing on board, and data transmission to land; and DSS (Connected Ship).

“Beginning with this ship, NYK will proceed with the replacement of vessels in its PCTC fleet with next-generation eco-friendly ship,” said NYK.

“I am glad that the society has been able to issue the first-class certificate with DSS just around two months after the related Guidelines’ release,” said Hayato Suga, Corporate Officer, Director of Plan Approval and Technical Solution Division at ClassNK.

“I would like to thank NYK and Shin Kurushima Dockyard for their cooperation, enabling us to swiftly and smoothly carry out the verification. Granting this notation will be a milestone in our initiative to facilitate technology and will serve as a model of our upcoming certification process.”

Related: NYK holds naming ceremony for the first LNG-fuelled car carrier in Japan

Photo credit: NYK Line
Published: 29 October, 2020

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