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ClassNK celebrates 110 years and maintains focus on London market

ClassNK celebrates 110 years and maintains focus on London market

London: Japanese classification society ClassNK celebrated the 110th anniversary of its founding last week. Speaking at a cocktail reception in London to celebrate the event, ClassNK chairman and president Noboru Ueda (pictured) said, "Over these past 110 years, ClassNK has grown to become the world's largest class society and at the end of last year, our register listed more than 160 million gross tons, more than 20% of the world's merchant fleet. We owe no small part of this success to the London maritime community, and it fills me with great pride to be celebrating this event here with you today."

"Just as London has long been the heart of the world maritime community, it also has been extremely important for ClassNK. Almost 50 years ago, when our Society was just beginning to establish itself as an international organization, we established out first office outside of Japan here in London. It should go without saying that London is a key market for ClassNK and will remain to be so well into the future.

Since becoming Chairman and President of ClassNK last year, I have made it my mission to improve every aspect of  the Society. I am committed to providing the very best technical services to all of our customers around the world, and providing the best possible service to the London maritime community.

As you know, the global financial crisis has greatly affected our entire industry, but the London maritime community has always been a leader of the maritime industry, and I expect that it is the London maritime community that has the potential and the experience to lead us out of this current crisis."  [08/06/09]