ClassNK awards first-ever notation for improvements in living and working environment to Fuyo Kaiun bulk carrier


ClassNK has granted its ‘ELW’ (Excellent Living and Working Environment) notation to ELETTRA, a bulk carrier owned by Fuyo Kaiun Co. The vessel becomes the first in ClassNK registry to have the ELW.

As part of its Innovation Endorsement service for innovative technologies and initiatives, ClassNK has established requirements to indicate on a class certificate that a ship is equipped with measures and facilities that contribute to the improvement of the on board environment in its ‘Guidelines for Excellent Living and Working Environment’.

Aiming to improve the welfare of the crew, Fuyo Kaiun plans to gradually expand the installation of ‘DENBA+ Marine’, a freshness preservation system for ships developed by DENBA JAPAN Corporation, across its fleet. By installing it in the food storage room, the device is designed to maintain the freshness of foodstuffs, thereby improving the food environment for the crew and reducing food loss. It has obtained ClassNK’s Innovation Endorsement certification for Products & Solutions.

Following Fuyo Kaiun’s application, ClassNK conducted an examination of ELETTRA, which is the first vessel outfitted with the device, based on its guidelines. Upon confirming it complied with the prescribed requirements, the ELW notation was affixed to the vessel.