NAPA’s new stability management software for passenger ships, NAPA Stability, has been approved by the classification society LR-Lloyd’s Register.
This marks a major milestone for the platform as it has received type approval from both LR and DNV who are the only class societies providing this kind of certification for cruise ships.
The type-approval means that the deliveries of NAPA Stability on LR-classed ships will only require ship-specific approval, creating a lighter/cheaper approval process, and making it easier for ship owners/operators to adopt the solution.
By facilitating the NAPA Stability deployment, the certifications will support cruise ships and ferries in meeting Type 4 Loading Instrument requirements, which all passenger vessels will have to comply with by 2025, and the Safe Return to Port guidelines. As part of the approval process, Lloyd’s Register confirmed the accuracy of NAPA Stability calculations, and that it meets the functionalities required by those regulations.
NAPA Stability enables ship & shoreside teams to share/view all stability data, such as loading conditions, watertight doors status, stability margins, etc., in real-time. This provides a comprehensive picture of the stability risks a ship faces throughout a voyage, leading to better utilization of resources as well as facilitating reporting. By making safety/sustainability a shared responsibility between crews/shoreside teams, it encourages a proactive approach to safety and planning.
NAPA Stability builds on the foundation of the NAPA Loading Computer, its predecessor, which set the standard for stability management and has been used by major cruise lines for 2+ decades. NAPA clients who started to use NAPA Stability have welcomed the approval.
In its 30+ years of operation, NAPA has become a leader in developing and scaling services, data analysis, and software for a safer and more sustainable maritime industry.
The company operates globally, with ~190 employees in 11 countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. It has 420 user organizations for its design solutions, ~3,000 installations onboard ships, and a growing number of subscribers for cloud-based fleet services.