Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), the fast-growing international classification society, has announced it is to further expand its operations into the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. The organisation plans to open new offices in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon and Nigeria over the coming months.
The expansion is designed to cater for the needs of the growing number of IRS customers within this region and establish closer connections with flag administrations, ship owners, shipyards and other stakeholders in MEA countries. According to Managing Director, Suresh Sinha: “The Middle East continues to be a key region for us with its high growth potential. With existing offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah and Recognised Organisation (RO) authorisation from the UAE, Qatar and Oman flag administrations, our focus for this region will be to further extend our reach and gain recognition from other key flag administrations in the Middle East. We are also looking to engage with the region’s major oil companies to supplement our growth and the proposed new offices will further improve our service levels.”