Japanese classification society ClassNK has released its version three of its Guidelines for Remote Surveys, updated to provide clarification on applicable remote survey items and procedures following the organisation’s additional experiences carrying out remote operations during the pandemic.
The Guidelines highlight applicable survey items and requirements for the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to ensure reliability equivalent to conventional witness surveys with transparency in the application of remote surveys.
Currently, more than 400 remote surveys are applied monthly for ships in service, ClassNK says, providing a wealth of data to update the documentation. In addition to defining the survey items to which remote surveys can be applied, the information required for each survey item (such as live video, recorded video, still image, etc.) is clarified to improve the efficiency of onboard preparation for remote surveys.
The Guidelines are available to download via ClassNK’s website for those who have registered for the ClassNK ‘My Page’ service, which can be done free of charge.