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Mo Jianhui, chairman and president of CCS

CCS records 7% rise in tonnage surveyed in 2019

China Classification Society (CCS) has recorded a stronger annual performance in 2019 with the total gross tonnage of vessels surveyed crossing 155.12m gt, up 7.2% on 2018.

This brings the total serviced fleet to 34,974 vessels for last year.

The CCS fleet include more than 32,000 ships operating internationally and domestically, as well as more than 2,600 ocean fishing vessels. The ship survey business covers large ore carriers, containerships, LNG carriers, and green and intelligent ships.

At the end of 2019, Beijing-based CCS has a worldwide network of 120 sites following new office openings in Abu Dhabi, Manila and St. Petersburg. It also holds 52 authorisations from national and regional governments. Five of these authorisations from Mongolia, Ghana, Oman, Gabon and Macao were added in 2019.

“All areas of the business enjoyed steady increases in 2019. During the year we optimised our management structures, and moved to improve the operation and administration of overseas offices. Expanding the society’s international reach continues to be a key focus area and our three newly opened service offices have further increased our global coverage,” commented Mo Jianhui, chairman and president of CCS.

“As a forward-facing organisation, CCS is committed to embracing informatisation and the use of innovative technologies. Through our two institutes and six research centers we were are able to launch valuable studies during 2019 into key areas including green technology, intelligent technology, high value-added ship technology and maritime technology. We carried out research and development into various types of LNG-powered vessels, and ran the trial voyage evaluation for maritime autonomous surface ships,” Mo pointed out.

Mo expects new technology to continue playing a key role in helping the maritime sector combat the myriad problems especially during the midst of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

“We currently face a challenge like no other. The pandemic has brought tragedy and uncertainty, but there is also hope to be found in the way communities have come together. Learning how to adapt to the changing landscape will be crucial for our industry, and an ever-greater reliance on emerging technology seems certain.

“CCS continues to monitor the unfolding situation and we will work side-by-side with our customers and industry partners, remaining resolute as we confront the difficulties ahead,” he said.

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