Since 1993, The International Register of Shipping (IRS) has been an independent classification society working with an objective of safeguarding life, property & the environment.

IRS is a provider of Classification, Certification, Verification, Training & Advisory Services.

In order to provide the required services to our clients, the society has established a worldwide network of surveyors & auditors distributed throughout the major ports of the world. The staff consists mainly of highly qualified naval architects, marine engineers, master mariners and other engineers and technical personnel with relevant qualifications. We believe in the potential of people and in systematic training and education of all our staff members. IRS’s administrative office is in Panama City, Panama and Technical Head office is located in Miami, Florida USA.

IRS establishes and administers Rules and Guidelines for the classification of ships, and other floating marine structures covering their design, construction, and operational maintenance for the purpose of determining the structural and mechanical fitness for their intended purpose.

As an independent organization, IRS acts with impartiality and objectivity as a self-regulating agency to the international marine industry, with the mission of serving the public interest as well as the needs of our clients by promoting the safety and security of life, property, and the natural environment primarily through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.

Through the International Maritime Organization, the governments of the world’s maritime nations have established various international maritime conventions containing regulations for protecting life, property and the environment. IRS has been authorized by 25 governments who are the signatory to these conventions, to act on their behalf in conducting statutory surveys and issuing the necessary statutory certificates.

We provide our clients with services which enable them to ensure the safety and viability of their business.

Safety, quality assurance and risk management are what should be kept at the topmost priority to make sure that operational services are being very well taken care of. This is what we aim to do by providing services to the maritime, technical, and engineering sectors. Operational success secures the viability of any business.

The art of managing risk is something which needs expertise, knowledge, and experience. With 25 years of operations and a proven track record we possess all of these key elements. The ability to maintain a group of skillful professionals and marine surveyors all around the world is enhanced by being internationally recognized by 25 governments.

With our technical head office is located in Miami FL USA, we strive to provide tailored solutions to any problems that our clients are facing. The perfection to assure quality in the marine engineering sectors is one of the objectives of IRS which allows us to proficiently stand out in the competitive market.  Our vast variety of services has also been included with offshore and energy sectors which we focus on to improve the marine risk management system.

With our administrative office located in Panama City, Panama, we have been successful in expanding our marine, engineering, and risk management services to almost every continent. We are recognized globally for providing technical assistance, quality assurance, approval services, classification, and one of the most reputable choices for offshore and marine risk management around the world.

The offshore sustainability that we offer to our clients happens to be one of the key purposes of making it possible for the marine services, employees, authorities, and service providers to remain technically and digitally expert in their respective fields.

In addition to being a classification society, IRS is able to offer a broad range of consulting and training services well suited for ship owners and other stakeholders within the maritime industry.

We are also continually developing, so customers, authorities and the public is able to trust and accept our services. Our technology is state of the art, we are experts in our areas of competence, we provide uniform services worldwide, and our independence is sustained by integrity, objectivity and impartiality.

We maintain a management system satisfying applicable international and national standards for classification and statutory certification, training, consulting and third party inspection services. IRS’ quality management system has been certified to ISO 9001:2008 standard.

We comply with all applicable laws and regulations in all our operations.

We Are On A Mission

“To provide our clients and the public with the services needed by ensuring the safety of life and property at sea, and the prevention of pollution of the marine environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.”

Robert Padilla, CEO of International Register of Shipping

The Vision

To achieve this mission; IRS Focus on using the highest quality personnel in delivering offering classification activities, including the development of Rules, Standards, and Guidelines for the design, construction, and operational maintenance of vessels and marine related facilities, and the associated verification of these units.

Our policy is measurable quality

Provide services that meet or exceed the customer expectations and all applicable requirements and the quality of which is continuously perfected through the documented quality management system of the organization and establishment of measurable quality objectives.

We believe our Quality Management System supported by management commitment ensure the continual delivery of

  • High levels of technical expertise and competence
  • Integrity, impartiality and ethical practices
  • Excellence of services as a Classification Society and a Recognized Organization.

We promote continual improvement of our quality management process in the pursuit of high levels of safety of life, property, and protection of the maritime environment. Our entire line management, supported by our internal quality system is accountable for the implementation of our quality policy, and shall be committed at all times to fulfil the needs and meet the requirements of our customer, our suppliers, our employees, and interested parties.

We are proud of our achievements in less than one and half decades of existence

We see it as a testimony for our commitment to our vision of becoming a reliable partner for the maritime world.
Following are a few in a growing list of achievements.

  • Consistent growth in the fleet size
  • Global presence through our surveyors spread in over 100 countries.
  • Exclusive offices covering all major continents.
  • Acting as a recognized organization for over 10% of IMO member government.
  • Recognized by various insurance companies and P&I clubs.
  • Technical advisors to many flag administrations in maritime safety and security aspects.
  • Portfolio of various training and consulting services, in addition to the classification and statutory certification services.
  • Continuously improving PSC performance.
  • A certified quality management system according to ISO 9001:2008 standard.

Our Fleet At-A-Glance

215

Tankers

638

General Cargo

90

Bulk Carriers

282

Other Types

Ship Type Distribution by GT

1,294,180

Tankers

3,838,313

General Cargo

540,960

Bulk Carriers

1,696,598

Other Types