The classification society, Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has made significant inroads into the Middle East market, following the announcement in October of plans to further strengthen its operational presence in the region. The society has recently received authorisation as a Recognised Organisation (RO) from the Kingdom of Jordan and from the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Port and Maritime Authority. With these two key recognitions in the region, IRClass is now recognised by 41 flags worldwide.
In addition, IRClass has set up an office in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, to expand its reach to that market and better serve customers in the country. The classification society states that it is currently pursuing RO approval from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as well.
There has also been a significant initiative in Lebanon, with the signing of a service agency agreement with Beirut-based XO Class. This is aimed at raising the profile of the society’s package of services in the Levant region,
Last, but by no means least, IRClass has also received approval from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). This is considered a key breakthrough for the classification society, which should enable it to enhance its presence in the UAE’s offshore sector.
According to Rajeev Pratap Rao, regional manager for the Middle East and Africa, “The progress we have made in the Middle East region has been highly encouraging. These developments will help us in servicing the needs of our customers in the Middle East and offer real-time responses to their vessels.”
IRClass is currently actively seeking further business opportunities in the shipping and offshore sectors in the region, the company confirms.