JSTRA Initiatives

As a national mirror committee of ISO and IEC in the field of ship and marine technology, JSTRA participates in deliberations on international standardization, and proposes and reviews draft international standards.
JSTRA has established a Standardization Committee under its Ship Technology Strategy Board, with 11 specialist sub-committees and a council tasked with addressing individual issues in their respective fields as a basis for our activities.

Annual general meeting of ISO/TC8

ISO/TC8/WG10 Tokyo Conference

IEC/ISO/IEEE/JWG28 Osaka Conference

ISO/TC8/SC6 in Buenos Aires Plenary Meeting

ISO/ TC8/SC13 in Tokyo Plenary Meeting

The 5th Standardization Seminar

Research Projects for FY2019

To strategically address the development of ISO/IEC standards, JSTRA sets up the following 5 research projects to develop 4 international standards and a project to translate our R&D outcomes into a JIS standard.

Investigative research on test methods for evaluating the performance of anti-fouling paints

JSTRA is engaged in drafting the new international standards specifying the bioassay screening methods for anti-fouling paints.

Investigative research on expanding local ID definitions for onboard information systems

JSTRA is engaged in expanding local ID definitions to be used in actual sea areas in order to revise ISO 19848.

Investigative research into shipboard LANs

JSTRA is engaged in research to include the requirements of wireless LANs (local area networks) in the existing standard relating to shipboard LANs.

Investigative research on international standardization of Electronic Chart Display (ECD) systems

JSTRA is engaged in research and considerations of technical elements concerning display methods for Electronic Chart Display (ECD) systems to develop a new international standard.

Investigative research on the standardization of assistive suits

JSTRA will identify necessary elements to develop a standard for assistive suits used for overhead work in the shipbuilding industry and to develop the JIS F standard proposal.

Development of and Response to International Standards by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

In FY2019, JSTRA will promote activities centering “Strategic Proposal of Standards” and “Strengthening of the organizational functions such as development of human resources,” based on the “Policies on Japan’s Approach to International Standards on Ships and Marine Technology (revised September 2016)” with regard to the development of ISO standards relating to ships and marine technologies.
In FY2018, JSTRA was able to contribute to the establishment of the following four new international standards (three new standards and one revised existing standard), which had been proposed and developed by Japan.
By specifying test standards based on IMO regulations, etc., which are indispensable to the export of products, and foundational requirements that will be essential in achieving the creation of autonomous ships, these Japanese-proposed international standards contribute to the development and widespread adoption of new technologies.

ISO 17339, Ships and marine technology – Lifesaving and fire protection – Sea anchors for survival craft and rescue boats (Existing) (Revised in July 2018)

ISO 18079-5, Ships and marine technology – Servicing of inflatable life-saving appliances – Part 5: Inflated rescue boats(New) (Published in May 2018)

ISO 19847, Shipboard data servers to share field data at sea (New) (Published in October 2018)

ISO 19848, Standard data for shipboard machinery and equipment (New) (Published in October 2018)

Development, Maintenance, and Management of Japanese Industrial Standards for Ships and Marine Technology (JIS F)

JSTRA develops, maintains and manages JIS F Japanese national standards relating to ships and marine technology.
JIS F standards are developed based on technologies accumulated by the Japanese shipbuilding and ship machinery industries. They are widely used as a reference in design and manufacturing processes, to simplify transactions when signing contractual agreements and placing orders, and in specifications documents used when purchasing materials and components.
In recent years, JSTRA has aimed to establish standards that respond effectively to technological innovations, and that give consideration to the effective utilization of the JIS Mark Certification Scheme.

Development of Human Resources for the Development of ISO Standards and Other Standards

JSTRA holds standardization seminars and standardization training for developing human resources and enlightening them with regard to the importance of international standardization for ships. We also provide support for obtaining, registering and maintaining the Standardization Expert qualifications managed and operated by the Japanese Standards Association (JSA).

Cooperative Framework on ISO Standards based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Japan, China and South Korea

In September 2012, in Shanghai, China, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between JSTRA (Japan), SMERI (the Shanghai Marine Equipment Research Institute) and KOMERI (the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute) with the aim of promoting mutual understanding relating to the development of the ISO standards. Building the cooperative relationship that exists between the leading nations in shipbuilding has contributed to the increased activity of ISO/TC 8.
Annual MOU staff meetings are held to maintain this cooperative framework, such as by deepening the level of mutual understanding through the intimate exchange of information regarding standards proposals made by the three countries. In FY2018, this meeting was held in Japan, while the FY2019 meeting is scheduled to be held in South Korea.