Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society has announced that it has signed an agreement with the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) to deliver services on behalf of the Indian flag administration, carrying out vessel surveys and issuing certificates according to international conventions.
KR is now able to conduct relevant surveys and audits and to issue certificates to Indian flagged ships for SOLAS, MARPOL, ITC, ICLL, and MLC.
India’s maritime industry has strong potential for growth because of its geographical location between Asia and Africa and its 7, 000km long coastline. India’s recent economic growth has dramatically increased the value of its import and export trade. However, the port facilities and vessels to accommodate this growth are lacking. As a result, the Indian government is now actively seeking foreign investment to build port infrastructure and to stimulate the shipping industry, including ship building.
KR has been working to deliver statutory services for the Indian government since 2009, the classification society established an office in Mumbai office and has now successful secured full authorization to provide quality statutory services.
Welcoming the endorsement, Dr. B. S. Park, Chairman & CEO of KR said:
“We are delighted to receive the authorization to deliver statutory services on behalf of the Indian government. We will endeavour to provide swift and efficient services to our clients and to raise the standards of maritime safety in all of their operations. We look forward to delivering high quality services and to supporting the growth of India’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 73.
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, 981 vessels totalling 67 million GT. It is headquartered in Busan, South Korea and operates a network of 60 offices around the world. It is authorized to perform statutory and certification services in 73 countries.