Dual Class Agreement Between IRS & CR Class

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The CEO of the International Register of Shipping (IRS), Bijimon Punnoose, and the President of the CR Classification Society (CR Class), Ms. Lui, Ying-Rui, met in China on the 3rd of December to discuss the current regulatory developments at IMO and other possibilities of mutual beneficial collaboration between the two organizations. During the meeting both Ms. Lui and Mr. Punnoose agreed to further strengthen the cooperation between the two organizations.

Established in 2009, the dual class agreement outlines the scope and objectives of cooperation between IRS and CR Class. From this agreement, both organizations are able to enhance their abilities to service the vessels classed with them and enforce compliance with their respective rules.  It also promotes the cooperation and sharing of technical information and other technical aspects. This sharing of information bolsters the knowledge and know-how of the both organizations.

The safety of life, property and the environment are core principles for both organizations. The dual class agreement is the result of this unwavering commitment of the two organizations to these principles. Both organizations’ willingness to work together, setting aside the competition and upholding the common goals and principles, is benefiting the customers of both.

E-Ships Implementation

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The International Register of Shipping (IRS) is nearly complete with phase 1 of its new management software Intreg e-Ships. Phase 1 consists of world-wide familiarity training for IRS surveyors and staff.

The Intlreg e-Ships application is a Web/Desktop based interface that contains all related information about Vessels, Ship Owners, Certificates, Surveyors, Managers, Agents, and Quotations/ survey instructions/ survey reporting. Some of the key features are listed, but not limited to the following: 

·      Web based survey execution reporting process for IRS from quotation till issuance of final document with real-time status showing progress of work.

·      Managing information of all vessels and their particulars, ship owners/managers, surveyors and agents.

·      Login access for Customers, Ship Owners, Flag States and Port State Control.

·      Ability to interact with other Enterprise Recourse Planning software through web service.

·      Managing data of all ship owners/managers and their respective vessels.

A project 5 years in the making which enmeshed majority of the marine division, management and other key stake holders will greatly enhance the ability of IRS to deliver its services quickly and effectively. It also provides the clients of IRS with the much-needed ability to easily manage the services provided to them.

Lead by the Head of Classification and Marine Division, Jayachandran Karumathil, IRS management was tasked with upgrading its current system by identifying solutions that could unify all information and processes that relate to its maritime division.  The project also required the elimination of redundancies and the optimization of processes such as reporting, data collection and quality control. Management quickly realized that this would not be an easy task to complete.

Implementation of Intlreg Eships will be a key milestone in the progress of   International Register of Shipping as a leading classification society in the world providing services that meet or exceed their customer expectations.  Once fully implemented Intlreg Eships will be IRS’s backbone for integrated management of its services and processes. The program will help to achieve maximum efficiency and productivity for delivering faster service to their customers.

Welder Qualification Test in East Africa

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A welder undergoing a welder qualification test in overhead position for an up-coming new building project in East Africa which is to be built under the classification rules of the International Register of Shipping. Welders must be qualified/certified in accordance with the procedures and regulations of IRS. In attendance is principal surveyor, Cyril Phillip, from IRS survey station in Kochi, India.

For all fabrication work performed under IRS certification, whether it is shipbuilding, repair or other engineering work, the welding procedure shall be qualified and each welder performing the work shall be qualified for the specific position the welding is supposed to be done. This is part of the manufacturing quality assurance process to ensure that the products under IRS certification maintain high standards of quality and reliability.

This project is for the new construction of the ferry SIGULU in Jinja, Uganda. The ferry belongs to the Uganda Authority and aims to improve transportation facility between islands in Lake Victoria and the Uganda main land. The ferry is designed to have a capacity of around 300 Pax and to carry 200 tonnes of deck cargo.

Established in 1003, the International Register of Shipping (IRS) is a classification society recognized by 25 governments and works with the objective of safeguarding life, property and the environment. It ensures the viability of its clients by providing classification, certification, verification, training, advisory and other risk management services.

New Designation of Senior Surveyor in Qingdao

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The International Register of Shipping (IRS) has designated Mr. Yanli Tang as a Senior Surveyor, MLC Inspector, and Lead Auditor in Qingdao, China. This valued addition in Qingdao, provides the survey station with greater capacity to handle the current workload including the increase of certification of marine equipment and component for new-buildings under IRS supervision.

As of 2016, the port of Qingdao was the 8th in the world in terms of transportation of containers. As a major seaport, naval base, industrial center and an important trading port in its province, Qingdao flourishes with foreign investment and international trade. It is only natural for IRS to continue to increase the staff in the Qingdao survey station.

Mr. Tang graduated from the Dalian Marine University and sailed with COSCO Shipping Lines for 15 years.  Working his way up the ranks to Chief Engineer, he gained a solid foundation of practical knowledge and know-how in his field. For the past 12 years Mr. Tang has received extensive training and experience as a class surveyor, P&I Inspector and a Flag Inspector.

As an independent organization, IRS acts with impartiality and objectivity as a self-regulating agency to the international marine industry. As a provider of classification, certification, verification, training, advisory and other risk management services, IRS understands the importance of maintaining a high standard for the professionals in their network.  IRS currently boasts a network of 90 survey stations and 18 regional offices located across the globe. This appointment furthers their global footprint and provides their clients with a network of surveyors on a local and global scale.

ISO 9001:2015 Certification

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The International Register of Shipping (IRS)has successfully passed the audit for its ISO 9001:2015 certification. With it, IRS maintains its ability to provide service to its clients in a consistent and professional manner.

IRS CEO Bijimon Punnoose received the certificate, which was awarded to him by AJA Registrars, Inc. after the successful completion of the audit on the 27thof June 2018.AJA Registrars is the ISO-certifying body that performed the audit on IRS.

Mr. Tolga Turkelleri, Head of the Quality Department stated “The external audit for ISO 9001:2015 certification of IRS has been carried out at IRS THO Miami between on 25-27 June 2018 with satisfactory result and IRS has been certified ISO 9001:2015 certification by AJA”

The ISO 9000 set addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best-known standards. The standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved. The ISO 9001:2015 is a worldwide standard for quality management that relies on the principle of ‘continuous improvement’ to ensure high quality service of an organization. Some key changes between ISO 9001:2008 to 9001:2015 are an increased emphasis of achieving value, enhanced leadership requirements, risk-based think and documentation requirements to name a few.

Established in 1993, the International Register of Shipping (IRS) is an independent classification society working with the objective of safeguarding life, property and the environment. It ensures the viability of its clients by providing classification, certification, verification, training, advisory and other risk management services.

ISM and MLC Training in Guyana

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The training was provided by International Register Training Institute (IRTI) which is a division within International Register of Shipping (IRS). The training is part of our on-going commitment to partner with developing countries in enhancing their maritime safety and environmental protection. As an approved Recognized Organization by the Guyana Maritime Administration, IRS also plays a key role to certify compliance of their international and national fleet in accordance with the applicable safety regulations as well as supporting the administrations implementation of the IMO instruments.

Visit From St. Kitts & Nevis

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The International Register of Shipping (IRS) was visited by the St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development, and Transport, the Honorable Ian “Patches” Liburd, on the 24th of August 2019. The visit took place at the IRS technical head office located in Miami, USA. The IRS Technical Head Office is responsible for congtrolling all activities of IRS services worldwide, pertaining to classification, statutory certification, verification, training and advisory services for marine and offshore industry with the objhective of safeguarding life, property and the environment. Minister Liburd met the staff, took a tour of the office and a presentation was made by IRS to better familiarize the Minister with working procedures and services.

Julian Padilla, Co-founder of IRS, emphasized that the visit of Minister Liburd was an opportune time for IRS to strengthen its continued growth with St. Kitts and Nevis. IRS is strongly supportive of unity and harmony with all its flag state authorizations.

Mr. Ian “Patches” Liburd is a politician and Cabinet Minister in St. Kitts and Nevis. A private sector-groomed professional for over 18 years, he has also served at the top management level in the public sector as the Chief Executive Office of St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports from 1995 to 1999, and Director of Maritime Affairs from 1999 to 2000. Following the Team Unity victory in the 2015 general election, Liburd was appointed Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urvan Development, and Transport on the 22nd of February 2015.

The St. Kitts & Nevis flag administration is one of 25 flag states that have approved IRS as a recognized organization. With over 100 survey stations around the glove, 25 years of experience and a staff consisting of technical experts, IRS continues to provide the support, experience and technical expertise needed for flag states to properly manage their worldwide fleet as per the RO Code.

Entry into force of Anti-Fouling Systems Convention

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The International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships, which was adopted on 5 October 2001, will enter into force on 17 September 2008.

A “harmful anti-fouling system” is currently defined as any system that includes organotin compounds which act as biocides, although there is provision for additional harmful systems to be included in the future. Compliance with the convention is achieved if the ship:

Does not bear such compounds on its hull or external parts or surfaces; or

Bears a coating that forms a barrier to such compounds leaching from the underlying non-compliant anti-fouling systems.

This applies to all ships except fixed or floating platforms, floating storage units (FSUs), and floating production storage and off-loading units (FPSOs) that have been constructed prior to 1 January 2003 and that have not been in dry-dock on or after 1 January 2003. While fixed or floating platforms, FSUs and FPSO which have been constructed prior to 1 July 2003, but have not been into dry dock on or after that date, are not legally required to comply with the ban on bearing TBT compounds, it is recommended that they do so as soon as is reasonably practicable.

Survey and Certification
Only ships of 400 gross tonnage and above (excluding fixed, floating platforms, FSUs and FPSOs) engaged in international voyages are subject to surveys under the Convention. Surveys are required as follows:

An initial survey before the ship is put into service or before the International Anti-Fouling System Certificate is issued for the first time; and

A survey when the anti-fouling systems are changed or replaced, undertaken to enable the endorsement of the Anti-Fouling System Certificate.

Similarly, only ships of 400 gross tonnage and above engaged in international voyages are required to have an International Anti-Fouling System Certificate. These certificates will be issued after a required survey, as outlined above, is completed. IRS has been authorized by various flag administrations for survey and issuance of International Anti-Fouling System Certificate.

Existing ships must comply with Sewage Pollution regulations by September 27, 2008

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Regulations for the prevention of pollution by sewage as per Annex IV of MARPOL 73/78 entered into force on 27 September 2003. A revised Annex was adopted on 1 April 2004, with an entry into force date of 1 August 2005.

Existing ships of 400 GT and above and ships below 400 GT that are certified to carry more than 15 persons will be required to comply with the provisions of the revised Annex IV five years after the date of entry into force of Annex IV, namely from 27 September 2008. The Annex requires ships to be equipped with either a sewage treatment plant or a sewage comminuting and disinfecting system or a sewage holding tank.

The discharge of sewage into the sea will be prohibited, except when the ship has in operation an approved sewage treatment plant or is discharging comminuted and disinfected sewage using an approved system at a distance of more than three nautical miles from the nearest land; or is discharging sewage which is not comminuted or disinfected at a distance of more than 12 nautical miles from the nearest land.

Annex IV also contains requirements for survey and issuance of International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificates (ISPP). IRS has been authorized by various flag administrations to issue International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificates (ISPP). Please contact one of our offices for further information or assistance in compliance.

Panama Requirements for Vessels Calling at Paris MOU ports (106-26-DGMM)

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Resolution 106-26-DGMM issued by the Panama Maritime Authority makes it mandatory for all Panamanian vessels over 20 years old to undergo an occasional survey by the recognized organization prior to entering Paris MOU ports. Such occasional surveys will be valid for a period for 6 months.

Any ship which is detained in a Paris MOU port without undergoing such occasional survey could be subject to cancellation from the Panamanian registry. If a ship gets detained after such occasional survey might result in suspension of the recognized organization by the Panama Maritime Authority. Scope of such occasional survey will include all mandatory aspects applicable for Panamanian vessels and is not restricted to aspects related to certificates issued by IRS.

In addition to the above Panamanian vessels detained twice in the Paris MOU region during a period of six months may be subject to cancellation by the registry. Resolution also require the registry to investigate past history of the incoming vessels before permitting provisional registration.

International Register of Shipping (IRS) views this resolution very seriously. All owners/ managers of Panamanian vessels older than 20 years and certified by IRS are requested to take this as a notification that their vessels shall not proceed to Paris MOU ports, without obtaining written clearance, after completion of the occasional survey as prescribed by the Panamanian Maritime Authority, by a surveyor nominated by the technical head office of the society.

A copy of the English translation of the resolution can be obtained by clicking here

A copy of the official Spanish version of the resolution can obtained by clicking here.