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Monday, September 14, 2020 

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has joined a group of Classification Societies which have received authorisation as a Recognised Organization (RO) from the US flag administration.

The authorisation recognises that IRClass has met the stringent, safety and quality requirements of the US Coast Guard (USCG) with an enhanced emphasis on protection of the environment. The USCG recognition is a significant development which is indicative of the growing global profile of the organisation. The recognition delegates authority to IRClass to undertake statutory survey and certification services on US flag ships on behalf of the administration.

Following EU recognition in 2016, IRClass has continuously gained recognition from key flag states including Denmark, Netherlands, Cyprus amongst others. Flags which have authorised IRClass collectively represent 58% of global deadweight tonnage.

IRClass has had a presence in the US through its office in Houston for around a decade and aims to explore additional business opportunities in the region.

Executive Chairman Arun Sharma (pictured) said: "We thank the USCG and acknowledge that this authorisation comes with the responsibility to uphold highest standards of safety and compliance. IRClass is on a strong and continuous growth path and this important recognition from the US Coast Guard only reaffirms the technical expertise and growing capabilities of the organisation. With the increasing global recognition and strengthening profile, IRClass has established itself as a truly global classification society".

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