ClassNK Archive Center (NKAC) has stored the first Ship Construction Files (SCF) complying with IMO Global Based Standards (GBS) for the NACKS-built 311,000 DWT VLCC, managed by MOL Tankship Management (Asia).
The SCF provides information on vessel design and construction, needed to improve the safety of a vessel throughout its entire operational life. Information on vessel design and construction must be stored on-board, according to SCF guidelines.
The regulations are applicable to bulk carriers and oil tankers of 150m or more in length for which building contracts have been placed on or after 1 July 2016. In the absence of a building contract, the regulations apply to keels laid on or after 1 July 2017, or delivery made on or after 1 July 2020.
The ClassNK archive centre, NKAC, is an onshore digital archive centre that fully complies with IMO-GBS requirements. To ensure confidentiality of intellectual property (IP), shipbuilders can set the desired IP security levels for each drawing. High IP-level drawings such as the lines plan are only stored ashore in NKAC and, as a rule, the shipowner is required to ask NKAC for permission to access these files. NKAC then notifies the IP-holder (shipbuilder and/or equipment manufacturer) of the request for their permission.
The shipowner can also access the on-board SCF via the internet 24/7, 365 days a year. Electronic access to all SCF documents stored on board is logged by the operating system and recorded at the end of each session for secure storage, with the access log being encrypted and accessible only by the shipowner.
NKAC simplifies the storage of important files by offering a paperless, user-friendly way to manage drawings, enabling effective communication between shipbuilders, shipowners and ship management companies by bringing them all under one umbrella and providing a central resource through which files can be exchanged.
Dr. Toshiro Arima, ClassNK corporate officer, director of rule development and ICT Division said: “ClassNK is pleased to store the first GBS-SCF data in its NKAC storage two years after launching the service. I would like to extend my appreciation to NACKS not only for their decision to outsource their important data storage to NKAC, making it the world’s first GBS-SCF stored in an onshore datacenter, but also for their cooperation in providing an online system trial and demonstration. I wish to further draw the industry’s attention to this IMO requirement as ClassNK is ready to provide secured, convenient, and viable solutions for improving safety.”