Home' Work Boat World : October 2009 Contents Although ClassNK is perhaps best known
as the world's largest classification
society on a tonnage basis, few realise
how important the work boat industry
has been to ClassNK's continued growth
Of the more than 7,000 ships currently
on the ClassNK register, just under ten
percent are work boats. This total number
is expected to grow in the future as NK
classed more than 100 work boat
newbuildings in 2008, or roughly 17
percent of all newbuildings classed by the
society last year. This sharp increase is
owed to both the continued development
of the work boat sector, and the wide of
range of services ClassNK offers to work
boat owners and operators.
Despite the recent economic crisis, the
work boat sector, and the offshore sector
especially, has remained comparatively
strong. Investment in this sector, however, is
increasingly being directed to deepwater
exploration. The demanding environment of
these new projects is spurring new designs
for offshore support vessels, many over 80
metres long, with high-powered engines and
state-of-the-art dynamic positioning systems.
The increased complexity of these ships
means that yards and designers face a
number of additional challenges, and over
the past year ClassNK has been working
with some of the leading designers of
offshore vessels to help ensure the safety of
these new designs.
ClassNK's rich technical expertise in this
field can be seen in such ships as the
NK-classed 'Chikyu', the world's most
advanced scientific drill ship. The 'Chikyu'
is a technical marvel, designed to take
samples of the earth's mantle at depths of
up to ten kilometres below the ocean's
surface. In order to safely drill at such
extreme depths, the 'Chikyu' features one
of the world's most advanced dynamic
positioning systems, which utilises both
GPS data and sensors on the ocean floor to
help maintain the 'Chikyu's' position.
ClassNK not only provides the technical
expertise necessary to ensure the safe
installation and maintenance of such
systems, but is implementing the
knowledge gained from such cutting-edge
projects in surveys and evaluations of a
wide variety of work boats.
As the work boat sector becomes ever
more complex and specialised, such
technical know-how is a vital tool for
shipyards, owners and operators to ensure
that ships are built to the highest safety and
quality standards possible. ClassNK has
dedicated itself to providing the growing
work boat and offshore sectors with the best
technical service possible, and the growing
number of work boats on the NK register is
proof-positive of that commitment.
For further information contact:
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), Japan.
'Chikyu': ClassNK works alongside the most advanced and the toughest offshore work boats
Fukushima manufactures high-value, reliable deck machinery
-- windlasses, mooring winches, towing winches, anchor
handling winches and more.
Fukushima was founded as a machine engineering works in
Fukushima City, Japan, in 1920.
Fukushima's products have already been mounted on more than
5,500 vessels including passenger boats, observation ships, various
merchant vessels, battle ships, and supply boats.
The company enjoys a venerable history and has a long record
of supplying high-quality, satisfying products and after-sales
services, earning trust for Fukushima deck equipment and gaining
the company a solid reputation.
Fukushima has made a solid contribution to innovation in
offshore operations via its towing / anchor handling winches and
deck machinery for OSVs.
Fukushima's low-pressure, hydraulic deck machinery boasts
simple and strong construction, low noise, easy operation, and
strong resistance to oil contamination.
For further information contact:
Fukushima -- solid deck machinery
A Fukushima windlass in situ
Focus on JAPAN
ClassNK: meeting the changing needs of the work boat industry
October 2009 WORK BOAT WORLD
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