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RINA Launches New Environmental and Security Standards

GENOA-based classification society RINA has introduced new voluntary standards which will allow ships to connect to shore-based electricity while in port, reducing harbour air pollution. And at the same session of its Technical Committee it approved a series of new standards aimed at improving security standards for yachts.

The new notation HVSC - High Voltage Shore Connection - sets standards to design into a newbuilding or modify an existing ship so that electricity can be supplied from the shore to the ship for the operation of the ship's machinery while in port. The diesel generators can be shut down, considerably reducing the ship's emissions.

The new notation SECURE YACHT DESIGN voluntarily applies the provisions of the ISPS Code to yachts designed for commercial use and pleasure yachts of any length, and sets new security standards for yacht owners, builders and designers based on specific equipment and security devices.

The annual session of the Technical Committee of Registro Italiano Navale was held yesterday under the chairmanship of Avv. Umberto Masucci, current Chairman of the Ship and Aircraft Brokers and Agents Fund (FAMA). It also approved the new GREEN PLUS notation and a series of new notations for Condition-Based Monitoring of machinery.

RINA SpA is the operational company of Registro Italiano Navale, founded in Genoa in 1861, and is one of the oldest classification societies and one of the ten most important in the world. Throughout its history, RINA has progressively diversified its activities, transferring the skills acquired and consolidated in the marine industries to other sectors, covering quality, environmental and product management system certification, social accountability certification and advanced services for industry.

RINA has ninety offices in over thirty countries and employs around 1,300 exclusive personnel. Through its Marine Division RINA has a classed fleet of over 3,545 ships totalling 23.5m gt, plus over 1,000 yachts and over 300 special units (military ships, coast guard, police and fire brigade craft). It is a world leader in passenger ship classification.