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IRClass' senior management team meets with Natasa Pilides, the first Shipping Deputy Minister to the President of the Republic of Cyprus during London International Shipping Week
IRClass' senior management team meets with Natasa Pilides, the first Shipping Deputy Minister to the President of the Republic of Cyprus during London International Shipping Week

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held two very successful events during London International Shipping Week (LISW). On the first day, a roundtable panel made up of some of the industry’s most respected senior level decision makers, discussed key industry issues including the IMO’s greenhouse gas goals and the industry’s expectations on the future role of class.

The UK’s Rt. Hon. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime, Department for Transport, made opening remarks on the importance of classification societies in upholding standards and regulations in the maritime industry.

The second event was a seminar on the ‘Future Role of Class – Partnering with the industry’, which saw participation from a cross section of maritime stakeholders. The changing role of class was also discussed in depth with the general consensus being that classification societies should partner with the industry towards compliance of international regulations.

The IRClass team also met with a delegation from the Republic of Cyprus led by Natasa Pilides, Shipping Deputy Minister to the President, and held what are described as being “very cordial” discussions on the way to extend mutual co-operation.

Commenting on IRClass’ events, Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping said: “This was the first time that IRClass held events during London International Shipping Week and we saw good attendance at both. We also held some productive meetings with key industry partners and stakeholders during our stay in London and I am sure that these will bear fruit over the coming weeks and months.”

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