ClassNK received the IT Solutions Award for its 3D modeling software ClassNK-PEERLESS at the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards in Antwerp on 16 November.
Held annually, the IBJ Awards salutes companies and individuals for their contributions to the bulk cargo sector and wider maritime industry. The Awards independent panel of judges selected ClassNK-PEERLESS from a number of nominations for the IT Solutions Award which recognizes a new innovation that increases efficiency in a bulk cargo operation.
ClassNK-PEERLESS provides a solution to the ballast water management (BWM) system retrofit bottleneck following the anticipated entry into force of the BWM Convention. Whereas before it was necessary to enter the engine room and measure every structure manually, ClassNK-PEERLESS streamlines the process and eliminates the need for direct contact by using high-precision 3D laser scanners.
The comprehensive and powerful design tool was developed using outcomes from joint R&D projects with the University of Tokyo, NYK Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, “K” Line, Sasebo Heavy Industries, Sanwa Dock, MTI, S.E.A Systems, Armonicos, and ClassNK Consulting Service.
This marks the second consecutive year that ClassNK has won the IT Solutions Award. Last year it received the award for its jointly developed vessel performance monitoring and optimization solution ClassNK-NAPA GREEN. These successive achievements are a testament to the ClassNK group’s various IT solutions and the value they bring to the maritime industry.