ClassNK grants Innovation Endorsement Provider Certification to “K”Line Wind Service

Source: press release, 25 April 2022

At right, Yutaka Kuge, President, “K”Line Wind Service, with Hiroaki Sakashita, President & CEO, ClassNK (photo: ClassNK)

Classification Society ClassNK granted the Class C Innovation Endorsement Provider Certification for organisations to “K”Line Wind Service, LTD., the specialised organisation for offshore wind power under Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Group.

ClassNK offers its third-party Innovation Endorsement “Provider Certification”, which supports innovative initiatives, to companies and organisations. As companies pursue ESG-oriented management and SDGs, ClassNK conducts the third-party certification on the initiatives to transform their own business methods and organisations in order to establish the sustainable and competitive business. There are three categories of certification available to companies according to their innovation activity stage:

  • Class C (Concept: Organisational policy and system in place for innovation)
  • Class D (Development: Specific innovation activities being carried out)
  • Class S (Sustainable Implementation: Sustainable innovation with results implemented in the business)

“K”Line Wind Service, LTD. has been established for creating new services and business as a platform for Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Group’s offshore wind power to support the rapidly growing needs for offshore wind power business from both operational and transportation aspects toward the realisation of a carbon-neutral society by 2050, which is the goal of the Japanese government.

ClassNK’s innovation specialists carried out the verifications focusing on the policy, planning, and organisation building of the wind power business, and issued the Class C Innovation Endorsement Certificate for Providers as their organisational structure was found to meet the requirements of the Class C stage.

ClassNK will further promote its Innovation Endorsement for Ships, Products & Solutions, and Providers, and strive to support innovative technologies and initiatives.