Indian Register of Shipping MD highlights the evolving role of class societies amid technology advancements and heightened regulation

International ship classification society IRClass’ Managing Director Mr Suresh Sinha asserted that classification societies are looking beyond their traditional roles as regulators and exploring ways in which they can leverage their technical expertise to stay relevant to the industries they serve.

A marine engineer by training, Mr Sinha made the remarks at the recently concluded Qatar Maritime & Logistics Summit held in Doha, Qatar. The inaugural summit gathered eminent industry leaders and decision makers from the Middle East and beyond to discuss issues concerning the sustainable development of the maritime and logistics sectors.

In his speech, titled “Shipping in an age of safety 2020-2030. The role of classification in the modern maritime industry”, Mr Sinha noted that the the maritime sector is rapidly changing due to technological advancements and tightening regulations on environmental protection and safety, and it is incumbent upon classification societies to support these changes.

“Class societies are increasingly seen not just as regulators but also as enablers who assist the industry in implementing regulation through their technical expertise”, said Mr Sinha, who argued that “class societies have an important responsibility to ensure that new equipment and technology are tested, approved, validated and implemented in an effective and timely manner to comply with the regulatory changes”.

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Indian Register of Shipping forges training partnership with the Indian Coast Guard

MUMBAI, 15 August 2019 – Leading classification society, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), recently launched a bespoke training course for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at IRClass’ head office in Mumbai, India.

Welcoming senior officers of the ICG, Mr Suresh Sinha, Managing Director of IRClass, lauded the close collaboration between IRClass and ICG in co-creating course material relevant to ICG’s training needs.

“IRClass, through its training arm, IRClass Academy, worked under the auspices and guidance of ICG Inspector General TP Sadanandan, TM, DDG (M&M) and ICG Deputy Inspector General Sudhir Sahni to curate course material that will help the ICG maintain their ships at high standards”, said Mr Sinha. He added that IRClass had been providing services to the ICG for over three decades and the training programme prepared for this course has been developed primarily to cover the ‘Coast Guard Rules’ developed by IRClass and the application of these Rules during the construction and service life of ICG ships.

The two-week course covers a wide range of topics including onboard inspection work and issues relating to material, welding, non-destructive testing, safety related matters, statutory requirements etc. The faculty has been drawn from an experienced pool of surveyors having domain knowledge in areas such as engineering, ship building, electrical, hull structure, stability, etc.

KK Dhawan, Head Defence at IRClass, brought out the tailormade training programme for Coast Guard personnel which will ensure that all aspects related to class, inspection and maintenance of ships are discussed in detail. He also mentioned that this training continues to ensure close tie ups between IRClass and the Coast Guard.

Established in 2014 as IRClass’ maritime training and education wing, IRClass Academy, disseminates industry knowledge to various stakeholders through courses in areas such as ship operations, maintenance and surveys, ship design and shipbuilding, ports and terminals and marine management systems.