Press Release

Joint R&D agreement signed to expand anti-roll tank application to large container ships - Improving operational safety and loading efficiency through the reduction of excessive rolling -

5 April 2024

Tokyo - ClassNK has signed a joint R&D agreement with Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd. (NSY) and IMC Co., Ltd. (IMC) to ensure the safety and performance evaluation of anti-roll tanks (ART) installed on large container ships.

An anti-roll tank is a device designed to suppress the ship's roll by moving liquid, such as water, within the tank. Consideration for ART installation on large container ships is advancing due to the expectation of improving container loading efficiency by reducing roll motion and preventing parametric roll*1, which is regarded as one of the causes of container collapse accidents.

ClassNK has established the requirements in its "Guidelines on Preventive Measures against Parametric Rolling (Edition 1.0)"*2 to grant a notation to the ship equipped with ART. Additionally, through a tank test of ART-related R&D*3 conducted in 2023, ClassNK confirmed their anti-rolling effect against parametric and synchronous roll, and collected data.

For expanding the application of ART to large container ships, NSY, a world leader in the development of large container ships, IMC, which has extensive experience in the design and sales of ART, and ClassNK have signed this joint R&D agreement. Utilizing the obtained data and knowledge, each party will collaborate to ensure the safer application of ART on an actual ship and performance evaluation. The roles in the joint R&D are as follows,

NSYDesign of optimal installation plan of ART on large container ships
IMC Demonstration of ART's reduction effect on ship’s roll
ClassNK Establishment of appropriate evaluation methods for ART Updating guidelines and regulations with more practical and concrete requirements

ClassNK will continue to strive for contributing to the safe operation of container ships through establishing standards with utilizing outcomes obtained by collaboration with industry frontrunners.

*1 A type of resonance phenomenon where ship’s roll amplifies, that occurs when the natural roll period is twice the wave encounter period.

*2 (ClassNK) ClassNK adds standards to ensure safe and efficient operation of containerships:

*3 Conducted with the National Maritime Research Institute, Japan. Tank tests were performed on a container ship model equipped with ART that can switch between activated and deactivated states to verify the reduction effect of ART against parametric and synchronous roll, and data for evaluation was obtained.

Illustration of a container ship equipped with ART (areas colored in yellow indicate ART).

Verification of the effect of ART on parametric roll
Image from the tank test

Movie of the tank test

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