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IRS sees impressive 22% growth in its foreign flag fleet

BSN Network / Mumbai
Date: 10/01/2019

Optimising Operations through Digitalisation

IRClass started issuing electronic certificates for all its classed vessels earlier this year, giving ship owners, regulators and charterers real-time online access to the latest class and statutory certificates.

The implementation of e-Certificates is expected to reduce the administrative burden and document handling costs for ship owners, coupled with increasing operational efficiency from IRClass, leading to better service delivery.

IRClass has also introduced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis as part of its shipbuilding services which is another instance where efficiencies in ship design are unlocked through software sophistication, creating added value.

New Services

During the year, IRClass launched several new services which include Cyber Risk Management, IMO DCS, Vessel Performance Management System (VPMS) and Ballast Water Management to benefit its customers.

Recently, it won the ‘Classification Society of the Year’ award at the SamudraManthan Awards 2018, recognising its efforts in the classification sector.

Research

To promote environmentally friendly fuels in shipping, IRClass has published Guidelines for Methanol fuelled ships.

With a view to develop inland waterways usage in India, Rules for inland waterways’ oil tankers, chemical tankers, liquefied gas carriers and passenger ships have been developed.

Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS)

It has been a year since IRClass first announced the formation of a ‘Centre of Excellence in Maritime and Shipbuilding’ (CEMS) – to meet industry demand in bridging the skill gap and provide upskilling for the maritime and shipbuilding workforce.

A lot has happened over this time period with 18 world-class labs being established in Visakhapatnam and 6 labs on the Mumbai campus. CEMS will focus on the end-to-end needs of various stakeholders including academic institutes, students, government departments and key maritime industry sectors.

Looking ahead to 2019

While the classification society’s primary focus remains to enhance its classed fleet and improve its service offerings, 2019 will be a year where IRClass will be focusing more on the emergence of new trends, delivering value to its customers through digitalisation, as well as further strengthening its footprint in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

It also aims to improve its global visibility through its presence at key industry events.

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) is an international ship classification society providing ship classification and certification as well as technical inspection services. IRClass is a Member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).

Covering a wide range of shipping, offshore and industrial projects, their team of dedicated professionals has brought international standardisation and assurance to customers’ doorstep.

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