Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has gained U.S. Coast Guard authorization as a Recognized Organization. The recognition delegates authority to IRClass to undertake statutory survey and certification services on U.S. flag ships on behalf of the Coast Guard.
The society says that USCG recognition is “a significant development which is indicative of the growing global profile of the organization.”
Following EU recognition in 2016, IRClass has continuously gained recognition from key flag states including Denmark, Netherlands, and Cyprus among others. Collectively, the flag states that have authorized IRClass represent 58% of global tonnage in deadweight terms.
IRClass has had a presence in the U.S .through its office in Houston for around a decade and aims to explore additional business opportunities in the region.
Executive Chairman Arun Sharma said today, “We thank the USCG and acknowledge that this authorisation comes with the responsibility to uphold the highest standards of safety and compliance. IRClass is on a strong and continuous growth path and this important recognition from the U.S. Coast Guard only reaffirms the technical expertise and growing capabilities of the organizsation. With the increasing global recognition and strengthening profile, IRClass has established itself as a truly global classification society.”