New DNV GL ship classification rules now available

Offshore staff

HAMBURG, Germany DNV GL’s new ship classification rules are available online for the first time. The new rules come into force on Jan. 1, 2016.

Through the process of developing the new DNV GL rules, the group said more than 7,000 pages were reviewed, both internally and externally. In all, more than 2,000 detailed comments by yards, manufacturers, owners, academics, flag states, and other maritime stakeholders were submitted. This consultation resulted in more than 700 rule adjustments triggered by industry expertise.

One of the most significant advances in the new rules is the introduction of equivalent design waves (EDW) to calculate environmental loads. DNV GL said EDW enables a more accurate representation of these loads and consequently a more precise stress description of a vessel’s structure.

The reworking of the rules has allowed DNV GL to incorporate and integrate more modern tools and software, making them responsive to future developments. The rules also support the application of the latest technologies, including battery installations and hybrid propulsion concepts, gas-fueled readiness, and LNG bunkering vessels through additional class notations.


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