Class NK releases new risk assessment guidelines

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Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has released new ‘Risk Assessment Guidelines’ based on the results of implementation and extensive studies related to risk assessment methods, as the increasing risks for ship owners and managers are brought to a fore.

In the shipbuilding and maritime fields, a rule making process using a risk assessment technique called Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) has been developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and FSA standards have been revised, established and proposed based on a vast amount of practical experience.

In addition, the Oil Companies International Maritime Forum has developed the ‘Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) Guidelines’ for self assessment of the management systems of tanker management companies, and risk assessment methods have already been realised and are currently in widespread use.

Deemed a major elemental technology, risk assessment methods are also being used in the development and assessment of new types of ships, and in risk-based inspections and risk-based maintenance, and ClassNK’s methods, examples and actual experience with the implementation of risk assessments are designed to serve as a reference for the development of safer and more rational systems, better management systems, and more effective survey systems.