Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) is boosting its presence in South East Asia with the opening of a new office in Malaysia. The move is part of its efforts to become a global classification society, after receiving recognition from the European Union.
IRClass, which is a member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), has also just gained authorisation as a Recognised Organisation (RO) from Thailand, after establishing a Hong Kong office last year.
Singapore is IRClass’ regional headquarters and the company uses its base here to co-ordinate its expansion into the region. Managing Director of IRClass, Suresh Sinha said, “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.