RINA launches new services for yacht sector
classification society RINA has launched a series of new services and standards
aimed at helping the growing global yacht industry to grow efficiencies and
reduce its environmental footprint.
The five new services
being rolled out in the last quarter of 2015 are a Global Compliance
certification for boats to show they meet both US and EU standards, a set of
courses and certification for Marina Managers, Electromagnetic Interference
& Hazard Evaluation, a new class notation for yachts that measures the
environmental impact of the whole life cycle of the yachts and new rules for a
more extensive use of glass on the hull and superstructure.
General Manager Marine, RINA Services, says, “The global yacht industry is
growing strongly and is very diverse. These new services are a demonstration of
our intention to provide useful services and standards to every sector of the
industry, wherever they are.”
GLOBAL COMPLIANCE certification
RINA is the first
European class society with surveyors qualified to carry out NMMA inspection
for boats built in Europe or other parts of the world which are to be sold or
used in the USA. This will be grouped with CE compliance so boats can have a
new RINA certification called GLOBAL COMPLIANCE. Italian inflatable boat
builder Zar Formenti and the Italian Sea Group are the two first companies to
benefit from this unified dual certification. Recognising the high added value
of this service, many other companies are now going through the NMMA/GLOBAL
COMPLIANCE certification process.
RINA is developing a
new standard for dimensioning and designing glass to be used on pleasure craft
based on alternative design concepts. The RINA standards are currently in the
experimental phase and are intended to retain the safety provided by current
ISO standards while opening the way for designers and builders to use glass in
more extensive and innovative ways in yachts of all sizes.
The regulations will
do away with the need to test full size mock-ups, which are very costly to
produce and require a lot of preparation time. The formulas to be applied take
into account the latest construction techniques and materials used in the industry
without having to resort to costly destructive tests.
Electromagnetic Hazard Evaluation
Yacht owners are
becoming more and more aware of environmental issues and they also want to be
protected from electromagnetic emissions. Electromagnetic emissions are
invisible but could impair the performance of electronic systems installed on
board and affect the health of people who are subject to them for a long time.
For this reason RINA will now deliver a set of services aimed at controlling
and measuring the level of this type of emission.
RINA can intervene at
the design phase with dedicated software which can assess possible
interferences between equipment, find the optimal cable routing and mitigate
total emission level. It is also possible to measure the electromagnetic
emission level on board after construction. This sets a new quality standard
for the shipyard and gives recognized evidence to the owner that these levels
are below the ones stated by EU regulation 1999/519/CE.
Tankoa’s MY Suerte
was the first yacht to be tested as a pilot project to assess its compliance
with European standards.
RINA is developing a
new class notation for yachts that measures the environmental impact of the
whole life cycle of the yachts. It will provide a benchmark to measure the
yacht’s environmental footprint against key indicators such as climate change
(Global Warming Potential) and water acidification (Acidification Potential).
Life Cycle Assessment
(LCA) analysis will be used to calculate impacts for the entire life cycle from
raw material extraction to the final disposal of the yacht, evaluating all
inputs including power consumption and materials and all outputs including
emissions to the air, water and ground and waste production. RINA’s LCA
notation verifies not only the environmental impacts, but also the social
aspects in the shipyard and manufacturing process, such as safety at work,
equal opportunities and child labour absence.
Improving Marina Management
RINA has built on its
MaRINA EXCELLENCE certification scheme which rates the value of a marina in
terms of offered services, security level and environmental protection. The
scheme has now been extended by developing a certification programme and a
series of courses for marina managers and senior staff. The growth in marinas
and tourist harbours has led to the development of a new profession of managing
marinas. As a leader in the process, product and personnel certification
sector, RINA has developed a certification scheme for professionals in the
tourist harbour sector, according to standards covered by ACCREDIA
accreditation, and in conformity to the UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17024 standard. The
MARINA MANAGER course leads to the certification of professionals tasked with
managing tourist harbours. It helps ensure marinas are correctly run and helps
marinas distinguish themselves from less professional or unqualified
In a separate move
intended to improve service to yacht builders RINA has strengthened its team in
the UK and appointed a new Yachting Manager, Lewis Northcott. He knows the UK
market well as during the last seven years Lewis has supervised over 120 newbuild
superyacht projects in UK shipyards as RINA’s survey team leader.
RINA Services is the RINA group company which delivers
ship classification, and testing, inspection and certification services. RINA
is a multi-national group which delivers verification, certification,
conformity assessment, marine classification, environmental enhancement,
product testing, site and vendor supervision, training and engineering
consultancy across a wide range of industries and services. RINA operates
through a network of companies covering Marine, Energy, Infrastructures &
Construction, Transport & Logistics, Food & Agriculture, Environment
& Sustainability, Finance & Public Institutions and Business Governance.
With a turnover of over 330 million Euros in 2014, over 2,750 employees, and
163 offices in 60 countries worldwide, RINA is recognized as an authoritative
member of key international organizations and an important contributor to the
development of new legislative standards. www.rina.org
Head of Media
& Internal Communication RINA
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