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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 

Korean Register (KR) has signed a five-year agreement with German ship management company Held, to provide ISO 9001 Certification, ISM Company Audit (DOC), ISM Ship Audits (SMC) and ISPS and MLC compliance services for the company’s managed fleet of more than 30 vessels.


Held Shipping classed its first vessel, Maria Francisca, with KR in 2018. Since then the business relationship between the two companies has grown, with five more vessels being transferred to KR since then. In 2019, Held Shipping signed a contract for KR to provide IHM Verification Services for the company’s entire fleet. Held Shipping is one of the first shipping companies in Northern Europe to consistently use KR for classification alongside a range of other services. Two more vessels are due to transfer to KR’s classed fleet shortly.

Brothers Capt Jan Held and Bernhard Held are joint MDs of Held Shipping. Capt Jan Held said: "We are very pleased to announce this next step of cooperation with the Korean Register, and we believe that KR has the potential to become our leading partner in the future".

Bernhard Held said: “We particularly value the proactive support from KR Hamburg and the classification society’s customer service mentality is extremely good. One of our vessels recently needed urgent support in a remote port in Russia, this is covered by KR’s Block Fee Agreements. A local IACS representative was able to help us, but the costs were entirely covered by KR. We particularly enjoy working with Mr. Suhr and his colleagues in KR’s Hamburg office and feel that KR offers very good value for money.”

Michael Suhr, KR Regional Director Northern Europe, said: "We appreciate the trust shown by Held Shipping and look forward to further close cooperation. With our new office set up for North Europe we are well positioned to improve our first-class service and customer-oriented support even further. Meanwhile, we have in addition to our experienced Korean staff and surveyors, two German surveyors available for KR Hamburg and for KR North Europe, two very experienced colleagues as additional backup and client support for our valued customers. So we are well positioned to provide timely professional advice."

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