ClassNK grants first Innovation Endorsement certification to Tsuneishi

Japanese Classification Society ClassNK has granted its first Innovation Endorsement “Provider Certification” for organizations to Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft Co., Ltd, (TFC). Upon examining TFC’s established organizational structure for innovation and its innovation activities, the Society granted Class C and D certification to the provider.

The Society launched Innovation Endorsement in July 2020 as a certification to promote the spread and development of innovative technology and its speedy progress along with the formulation of appropriate evaluation criteria in collaboration with technological front runners. Among the certification categories, “provider certification” is for companies and organizations.

There are three classes of certification available to companies according to the innovation activity stage: Class C (Concept: Organizational policy and system in place for innovation), Class D (Development: Specific innovation activities being carried out) and Class S (Sustainable Implementation: Sustainable innovation with results implemented in the business).

Upon receiving TFC’s application for the certification, innovation specialists from the Society verified the company’s management system with the vision of “Tsuneishi Group’s Value Engineering and Innovation Activities for a Zero Emission/Hydrogen Society”. It also examined the market introduction of a hydrogen powered ferry jointly developed with CMB through the recently renamed joint venture JPNH2YDRO. ClassNK then granted the certification after confirming that the company’s efforts met the class C and D requirements.

Going forward, the Tsuneishi Group, including TFC, will utilize JPNH2YDRO for the incubation of its hydrogen business, and further innovation, including the provision of environmental solutions using a hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2ICE) and the construction of a hydrogen supply chain, is expected.