Most navies want to reduce costs but retain the specific requirements that make their vessels fit for purpose, so Italian classification society RINA is delivering what it claims is a new certification approach based on a combination of classification rules, military standards and statutory requirements selected and harmonised in order to best suit the specific requirements of different navies.
Nico Bruni, Manager, Naval Vessels at RINA Services, told Warship Technology: “We are applying this new, harmonised certification approach to three new projects which Fincantieri will build for the Italian Navy. These are an 18m Logistic Support Ship, a 213m Landing Helicopter Dock and six 140m PPA-class Multipurpose Patrol Vessels, all of which were ordered during 2015.”
Bruni says the new approach gives navies and shipyards a framework to work in and delivers confidence in the outcome while retaining the essential flexibility which navies require.
“RINAMIL rules include the concept of the regulatory framework, which allows selection of the most appropriate reference standard for each part of the project. This concept has been extensively applied to the new projects for the Italian Navy,” he explained. “This allows navies to benefit from the cost saving and efficient solutions coming from the merchant ship sector and to maintain more demanding naval standards when deemed necessary for operational requirements. This new approach is in line with the goal-based standard introduced by the Naval Ship Code.”
In 2015 RINA updated its rules for the classification of Italian coast guard vessels. The rules are applied to the construction of all new ships for the Italian Coast Guard as well as for the maintenance of class which covers about 150 vessels in service ranging from 12m to 95m length. The update implemented a new approach to the maintenance of class which relates to the planned maintenance scheme adopted by the Coast Guard.
Looking ahead RINA will soon issue a new edition of its ‘RINAMIL Rules for the classification of Naval Ships.’ “The updates will affect all the technical parts of the rules in order to implement the latest applicable developments coming from the merchant ship sector and introduce some specific requirements for high performance vessels,” said Bruni.
2015 also saw RINA deliver classification services for the fourth frigate in the FREMM project, F593 Carabiniere, and continue work on six further 145m FREMM frigates under construction at Fincantieri.
Another well-known Italian shipyard, Intermarine, is building a RINA-classed 53m mine countermeasures vessel for the Algerian Navy and RINA is also overseeing the build of two 67m Arialah-class Offshore Patrol Vessels for the UAE Coast Guard at Damen’s Galati shipyard in Romania.
Other international work that is ongoing includes two 60m Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Indonesian Customs Police, which are being built to RINA class by PT Dumas in Indonesia for 2016 commissioning, and a 35m diving support vessel for the Tunisian Government being built by Vittoria Shipyard, Italy.