Leading Classification Society ClassNK has released “Guidelines for Remote Surveys” in preparation for carrying out remote surveys (*1) using ICT (Information and Communication Technology) (*2). The guidelines outline requirements to apply to remote surveys for some types of occasional surveys, and from now on ClassNK will implement remote surveys that satisfy the requirements.

ClassNK has been working on the advancement of surveys using digital technology in research and development in line with their R&D roadmap developed in 2017. The Society aims to implement more sophisticated and rational surveys using various digital technologies such as IoT technology, ICT, big data, AI, condition monitoring/evaluation, and robotics. Specifically, they aim to develop remote surveys using ICT, ship survey systems for both hull and machinery based on condition monitoring/evaluation technology, and individual digital ship records using digital twins.

For remote surveys using ICT, ClassNK has investigated and examined the types of surveys that can be applied, the types and amounts of information required for remote surveys, and the requirements for the use of ICT, ensuring reliability equivalent to conventional witness surveys with transparency in the application of remote surveys. The guidelines are outcomes of these results and will be reviewed as necessary in accordance with the progress of related technology development.

ClassNK will continue to optimize their surveys using digital technology and will strive for continuous improvement in survey quality and rationalization.

The Guidelines for Remote Surveys are available to download free of charge via ClassNK’s website for those who have registered for the ClassNK “My Page” service. To register for the “My Page” service free of charge, go to the ClassNK website and click on the “My Page Login” button.

Inquiries relating to remote surveys are handled by the Survey Department at: E-mail address: svd@classnk.or.jp Phone: +81-3-5226-2027

(*1) Refers to surveys that use ICT for information collection in the survey process and substitute the survey under the presence of the surveyor.

For example, it is assumed that remote surveys will be performed while collecting information necessary for the survey via internet line by using a smartphone or tablet so that the surveyor in a remote location and the onboard crew can communicate with each other (and exchange information such as voice, image, video, etc.)

(*2) In the guidelines, ICT (Information and Communication Technology) refers to communication tools using communication technology.

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