ClassNK Regains Top Spot

Japan’s ClassNK has once again become the world’s largest classification society based on the registered tonnage, according to the company’s official annual registration figures, and data gathered by Clarkson’s.

The latest figures show that over 366 million deadweight tons are now registered with ClassNK, some 21% of the world’s entire classed fleet, according to Clarkson’s.

The number of newbuildings joining ClassNK in 2014 totalled over 16 million gross tons, or more than 25% of all newly built tonnage last year.

ClassNK has also teamed up with various industry partners throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas on a variety of joint R&D projects focusing on safety of ships at sea and protection of the marine environment.

”As an independent, non-profit organization we are able to invest all of our profits back into improving our services and providing the maritime industry with innovative solutions,” ClassNK Chairman and President, Noboru Ueda said.