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Involving the industry


Making sure that all the stakeholders in a shipbuilding project are able to deliver and receive the best possible ship is a truly cooperative effort. And the classification rules that guide the design and construction are an important part of that process.

From the beginning of the rule development project, we wanted these rules to be unique in the way they reflected industry experience and input. Our objective was to have our customers and stakeholders deeply involved throughout the rule development and implementation process.

In the first step of this cooperative journey, industry partners in Norway, Germany, Korea, China, Greece and Japan were invited to become involved in an extensive period of cooperation, commenting and evaluation. More than 180 customer events were initiated to exchange views and experience regarding the new rules – an essential part of gathering valuable input.

In a formal external hearing process, more than 800 customers worldwide were asked to comment on the rule text and requirements. In all, more than 2,000 detailed comments by yards, manufacturers, owners and other maritime stakeholders were submitted. Members of our Technical Committees from around the world also contributed with ideas and suggestions for improvements.


Industry comments pie chart

This level of engagement by our industry partners will benefit everyone working with us on future projects.

Demonstrating the benefits

In order to show that the rules can deliver the quality, safety and process efficiency the industry expects, we have performed consequence assessments and impact studies for all ship types. By working closely with ship designers and yards, we have re-evaluated existing designs and proven that the rules are in line with our expectations. In addition, this process has enabled us to identify areas for further improvements.

Together with leading yards and designers in China, Korea, Germany and Norway, many joint projects have been initiated to facilitate the development of new and enhanced designs based on our new rules. We are looking forward to initiating more projects with of our customers worldwide.