DNV GL introduces new classification rules set

Classification society DNV GL informed it will make the new rules for classification of ships publicly available.

The new rules support the application of the latest technologies including battery installations and hybrid propulsion concepts, gas-fuelled readiness and LNG bunkering vessels through additional class notations, DNV GL said in a statement.

One of the most significant advances in the new rules is the introduction of Equivalent Design Waves to calculate environmental loads. EDW enables a more accurate representation of these loads and consequently a more precise stress description of a vessel’s structure, according to DNV GL.

The reworking of the rules has allowed DNV GL to incorporate and integrate more modern tools and software, making them responsive to future developments, it said.

The new DNV GL rules will enter into force on 1 January 2016.

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