MUMBAI: Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading classification society, is boosting its presence in Southeast Asia with the opening of a new office in Malaysia.
The move is part of its efforts to become a global classification society – a step taken after receiving recognition from the European Union.
IRClass, which is a member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), has just gained authorisation as a Recognised Organisation (RO) from Thailand. It has also strengthened its presence further with the opening of an office in Malaysia after establishing its Hong Kong office last year.
Singapore is the regional headquarters for ASEAN and IRClass uses its base in the Lion City to co-ordinate its expansion into the region. It is aiming to get RO (Recognised Organisation) status from key ASEAN countries.
Managing Director of IRClass, Mr. Suresh Sinha said “Singapore is globally recognised as a leading international shipping hub and it is our regional headquarters for the ASEAN region.
He added: “With a greater presence in the Southeast Asia region, IRClass will be better positioned to offer its wide range of services and this would enable IRClass a close proximity to national administrations, ship owners, shipyards and other stakeholders in the region.”
To further solidify its presence in Southeast Asia, IRClass aims to establish offices in Indonesia and Philippines in the near future, as well as obtain RO recognition from these countries.