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International Register of Shipping opens regional centre in Singapore

Singapore: Ship classification society International Register of Shipping (IRS) has opened an office in Singapore that will function as a regional centre for the classification society and will offer a wide range of services.

"Singapore is one the busiest ports in the world and with a free market economy and political stability, many shipping companies are making this their home," says Julian Padilla, chairman of the IRS Board. "With the opening of our Singapore office, we will be closer to ship operators who can benefit from our technical consulting services, including preparation/submittal/approval of the SOPEP, PCSOPEP, Garbage Plan, Ship Security Plan, Safety Management System, Loading Manual, Trim & Stability booklet, and so on."

Zhang Shang Chun, IRS Singapore principal surveyor, says: "Our team in Singapore is drawn from the elite of the local and international maritime community. The team members have an excellent working relationship with the local shipowners and have immense knowledge of the international and national laws."

Padilla says IRS, which currently classes over 1,300 ships, is an organisation committed to promoting safety and quality in shipping. "As part of our contribution to help overcome the acute shortage of trained marine professionals, we extend our available resources to the whole maritime industry through our International Register Training Institute (IRTI), which has been accredited by the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA). The courses offered by us include auditing Maritime Safety Management Systems and various courses related to the ISPS Code, Marine Surveyors, and so on."

"We aim to be the complete partner to the maritime fraternity. We take pride in embracing our core values of providing excellent and reliable services and in our total commitment to quality and ethical practices. The opening of the Singapore office is another step in our commitment to offer our customers a comprehensive and high quality service, wherever they are in the world," he adds.  [18/05/10]

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