The leading classification society, the Indian Registry of Shipping (IRS), has signed a Recognized Organization (RO) agreement with the Philippine shipping flag administration. Pursuing the RO status of key maritime flags is part of the IRS’s strategy to expand its presence around the world. An office has been established in Manila to be followed by the deployment of a surveyor at a later stage.
The Asia Pacific region has been identified as a key region for growth by the IRS, and over the years the classification society has strengthened its presence in Southeast Asia. It has previously received authorization as a Recognized Organization from several maritime flag administrations in the Southeast Asia region, including Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar.
Mr. Vijay Arora, IRS Director General, said, “We are grateful to the Philippine Maritime Flag Administration and recognize that this authorization carries with it a responsibility to uphold industry-leading security and compliance standards, which have become synonymous with the IRS throughout the world. ”
“This recognition from the Philippine Maritime Flag Administration reaffirms our technical expertise and capabilities as a leading classification society. Additionally, we are happy to assist the flag administration with technical guidance and training when needed.”
Source: Indian Shipping Registry