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DNV and CCS form coatings jv

DNV and CCS form coatings jv

Shanghai: Det Norske Veritas and the China Classification Society have signed a joint venture agreement to set up a technology institute in Shanghai that will initially focus on coating and corrosion services. The agreement was signed by DNV president and ceo Henrik O Madsen and CCS chairman and president Li Kejun (pictured).

The institute, reportedly the first of its kind, will perform tests according to international standards and areas of cooperation will include laboratory facilities, expertise and services related to materials, welding, fuel and lub oil analysis

The jv comes close on the heels of other activities undertaken by DNV to ease implementation of the IMO's New Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) on Water Ballast Tanks (WBT) adopted on December 8, 2006.

The Norwegian registry is currently preparing a sample Coating Technical File (CTF), which it hopes will become an IACS sample, setting the minimum guideline for yards to comply with the new coating standard.

DNV believes that there is a lot of confusion surrounding the amount of detail to be included in the yard specific CTFs, which must include information ranging from the specification of the coating system and procedures for inspection to records of the yard's coating work and a verified inspection report.

The company's coating experts have already completed a series of 90-minute presentations to shipyards in Korea and Greater China and are to continue the exercise in Taiwan and Japan this month.  [25/01/07]