4th ASEF

Summary and Report

Report on the 4th ASEF Meeting


The 4th Asian Shipbuilding Experts’ Forum was held on November 17th and 18th in Kyoto, Japan. This forum was hosted by The Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan (SAJ) and Japan Ship Technology Research Association (JSTRA), with The Korea Shipbuilders’ Association (KOSHIPA) and China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) as co-hosts. The summary of the forum is as follows:


ASEF is continuing its activity with an aim for the shipbuilding industry of Asian region to identify the trends in international regulations and standards relating to shipbuilding industry in order to counteract the tightening of international regulations in recent years, and to foster mutual understandings through opinion exchanges, ultimately contributing to the sound growth of shipbuilding industry as a whole. The first forum was held in Japan in November 2007, followed by the second forum in Korea in November 2008 and the third in China in December 2009.
Approximately 130 experts (including 50 experts from overseas) participated in this year’s forum from 9 countries including Korea, China, Japan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Majority of the participants were the members of shipbuilders’ associations of respective countries, International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK) and research institutes. 
Perceived as having entered the second stage after three forums held in the past in Japan, Korea and China, the 4th ASEF has implemented measures on the following two points in order to further activate the activity.

1) Themes were selected from issues with major impacts on shipbuilding industry. Specifically, “Standardization of inventory of hazardous materials for newly built ships”, “Performance standards for protective coatings (PSPC) for ballast water tank”, “Goal-based ship construction standards (GBS) - Design transparency and intellectual property protection” and “GBS - Harmonized common structural rules” (HCSR) for topics of conventions and guidelines already adopted despite unresolved major issues, “Environmental FSA for oil tanker” as a topic currently discussed at IMO actively, and “Protection against noise on board ships” and “Testing of watertight compartments” as issues expecting active discussions in several years.

2) Upon suggestions from concerned parties that, apart from the plenary session, discussions into more details are necessary on some of the themes, smaller group session style was formed in addition to the conventional plenary meeting. To be more specific, after a plenary session, two smaller session groups were formed; with Session 1 on the issues of “ship recycling” and “PSPC”, and Session 2 on the theme of “GBS”. Experts of each theme attended the sessions for in-depth discussions.

The outcomes of discussions in the plenary and group sessions were summarized as “Conclusion” .

 Plenary meeting


 Through this year’s forum, common understandings were gained on various issues that exert impacts on Asian shipbuilding industry. Another achievement of this year’s forum was construction of new frameworks for deliberation into specifics, including establishment of WG/CG (for study) for resolving issues. Further activation of ASEF activity is expected through activities of WG/CG, in addition to annual forum.


For better outcomes of these WG/CG as well as further development of the forum, The Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan and Japan Ship Technology Research Association intend to continue their efforts in cooperation with shipbuilding experts of Korea, China and other Asian countries in order to improve the position of Asian shipbuilding industry in the world.


     Programs and Presentations  (Detailed outcome of the conference)