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Two and a half years after the MOL Comfort split in half, burst into flames and sank, ClassNK has released its draft amendments to its containership structural requirements.

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has adopted unified requirements to improve the safety of large boxships.

IACS has developed two new unified requirements (URs) for containerships in response to the MOL Comfort casualty.

The design of the MOL Comfort, which broke in two Indian Ocean last year, less capable of dealing with lateral loads than similar post-panamax container vessels, a ClassNK investigation has found.

A public comment by DNV GL vice president Knut Dohlie at the International Union of Marine Insurers (IUMI) 2014 Conference is set to ignite more controversy as it postulates that a "non-robust" design caused the break-up and sinking of the MOL Comfort, although the class society's findings are based on its own models made with only publicly available data and some assumptions.

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has elected a new chairman, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore executive vp Philippe Donche-Gay.


ClassNK is investigating the designs of containerships from around the world as it tries to find the cause as to why the MOL Comfort split in two in the Indian Ocean last June.

In its spring statistics the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) revealed that the percentage of total hull losses has fallen to a record low.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), along with researchers at the Universities of Queensland and Western Australia, has commenced a three year project to discover what makes a “safety culture” in the shipping industry. During this period they will hopefully interview all manner of seafarers, ship operators and management, regulators and anyone else who might have useful ideas about why accidents happen, and what organisations need to do to make them stop.

ClassNK has released the first ship design software to be compliant with the new IACS Harmonised Common Structural Rules (CSR) for oil tankers and bulk carriers.

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