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Intlreg EShips Launch with PMA

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We are proud to officially announce the launch of our INTLREG e-Ships software.
INTLREG e-Ships is the result of the knowledge and experience our organization has gained by providing global services to the maritime industry for over 25 years. It brings together all aspects of our organization. It modernizes our organization and provides us with an improved ability to offer an array of maritime services.
A demonstration of INTLREG e-Ships and its features were made to Eng. Yazmin Valles and Eng. Jose Ortega who were both at our head office in Miami, FL USA representing the Panama Maritime Administration. We were happy to have received their blessing for the inauguration of E-ships.
After the demonstration Mrs. Yazmin Valles, General Directorate of the PMA Merchant Marine, stated, “PMA welcomes IRS initiative to implement their new platform “Intl Reg E-Ships” which we strongly believe will reduce the recurrence of human error improving IRS fleet performance and by addition will contribute to maintain Panama Flag’s high-quality standards.”
INTLREG e-Ships will help to achieve maximum efficiency and productivity for delivering faster service to our customers. The client portal keeps you up to date with real time monitoring of your vessels that are registered with us. Viewing the survey status on demand, download e-copies of the certificates, and monitoring the jobs that are currently in progress are a few beneficial features now available.
We continue our ongoing commitment to provide professional services to the maritime industry and the 25 flag administrations that we are approved by. As a provider of classification, certification, verification, training, advisory and other risk management services, we understand the importance of maintaining a high standard for our clients. We act with impartiality and objectivity as a self-regulating agency to the international marine industry.

2016 Amendments to the Code of Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

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The 2016 amendments to the code of Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 enter into force today. ILO has prepared amendments to the MLC 2006 with regards to:

Regulation 4.3 – Health and safety protection and accident prevention
The intention is to eliminate shipboard harassment and bullying by including relevant provisions in the Code of the MLC 2006.

Regulation 5.1 – Flag State responsibilities
The amendment will now allow an extension of not more than five months of the validity of the Maritime Labour Certificate issued for ships. This will apply in cases where the renewal inspection has been successfully completed, but a new certificate cannot immediately be issued to the ship e.g. Where the flag Administration issues the full term certificate. The amendments were approved by the 105th ILO Conference (7 June 2016, Geneva). The final entry into force date is pending.

Ship-owners and Ship Managers are advised to review their management systems to ensure they include procedures for the elimination of harassment and bullying on board their ship.

Download our free Regulatory Bulletin; An aide-memoire of upcoming regulatory changes in the international shipping industry.

IRS Increases Efficiency With Intlreg EShips

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With the implementation of Intlreg eShips our clients will receive faster service and be better prepared to manage the regulatory aspects of their vessels.

Intlreg eShips’ client portal keeps you up to date with real time monitoring of your vessels registered with us. The portal has many beneficial features such as the ability to view the survey status on demand, download e-copies of the certificates and monitor the jobs that are currently in progress.

Intlreg eShips eliminates redundancies and optimizes our internal processes. From this, we are able to provide our services with minimal interruption and keep you informed at each step. A clear line of communication is maintained with you to ensure that all necessary requirements are understood, and services are completed in a timely manner.

The launch of Intlreg eShips has already begun with phase 1 of our rollout plan. Phase 1 encompasses familiarity training to all our staff and surveyors world-wide with our new software. Our 1st phase is nearly complete with our staff from our technical headquarter (THO), regional offices and survey stations successfully completing the mandatory online training for Intlreg eships.

With this step, we continue our ongoing commitment to provide professional services to the maritime industry in a fast and reliable manner. We are a provider of Classification & Statutory services and are approved by 24 flag administrations. With 25 years of business and operations in every continent we are pleased to provide you with professional services that you can depend on.

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.