Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society – announces that it has been fully authorized by the Marine Safety and Security Division of Transport Canada to perform “statutory services” on behalf of the government of Canada.
KR is now able to conduct relevant surveys, audits and issue certificates to Canadian flagged ships for SOLAS, MARPOL, ITC, ILL, and ISM Code. Because of Canada’s geography the administration is particularly active in the Polar Code discussions within IMO and KR believes that this authorization will assist other KR classed vessels operating in Arctic waters.
KR opened an office in Vancouver in 2012 and underwent a successful audit by the Canadian government at its Busan headquarters in June 2014 and its Vancouver office in July 2014. These audits led to KR becoming authorized as a Recognized Organization (RO) for Canada.
Welcoming the endorsement, Dr. B. S. Park, Chairman & CEO of KR said:
“We are delighted to be authorized as an IACS member society to be designated an RO by the Canadian government. It is a further endorsement of our growing stature in the international maritime community and it recognises our continued efforts in advancing technology and classification services. We look forward to delivering high quality and efficient services to Canada’s maritime sector”
KR has continued to expand its services to governments across the globe and this authorization brings the total number of countries where KR is authorized to carry out ship survey and certification work to 69.
The Korean Register is an IACS member classification society established in 1960 with the purpose of promoting safety of life, property and the protection of the marine environment.
KR currently classes an international fleet of 2, 900 vessels totalling 65million GT. It is headquartered in Busan, South Korea and operates a network of 66 offices around the world. It is authorized to perform statutory and certification services in 69 countries.