Indian Register of Shipping receives RO authorisation from Cyprus

MUMBAI, 30th July 2019 – Leading classification society, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has signed a “Recognised Organisation” agreement with the Republic of Cyprus in an impressive ceremony held at the Crown Plaza hotel in Limassol on 23rd July 2019.

The Deputy Minister for Shipping, Natasa Pilides, delivered the ceremony’s opening address which was followed by the signing of the agreement by the Shipping Deputy Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mr. Costas Iacovou and IRClass’ Vice President & Regional Manager (EU & Americas), Mr. Praveen Mishra.

 

Earlier this year, IRClass had announced its plans for enhanced focus in Europe and this recognition reinforces that commitment.

“IRClass is really proud to have been formally recognised as a “Recognised Organisation” by the Republic of Cyprus. This enables us to offer our classification services to Cyprus flagged vessels and further enhances our reputation in the European market as a trustworthy classification society,” Mr Mishra commented.

IRClass has been present in Europe for more than a decade with several offices including UK, Greece, Netherlands and Turkey. Recognition as RO by the Republic of Cyprus, the 11th largest flag in the world, further enhances its strategy to focus its services within the European shipping community to build upon its business in the region.

IRClass is actively engaging with several owners and expects to class vessels under the Cyprus flag as early as August.

Columbia Takes Optimisation To The Next Level With Opening Of Its Performance Optimisation Control Room

Columbia Shipmanagement formally opened its high-tech Performance Optimisation Control Room on Friday 14 December in Cyprus. The opening ceremony was attended by Ms Natasa Pilides, Deputy Minister of Shipping, Republic of Cyprus.

The focus of the Control Room is on Performance Optimisation. When full functionality roll-out is complete, the Control Room will be manned 24/7 by qualified personnel who will optimise vessel safety, crew rotation and training, performance (speed, consumption, delay, weather routing), disaster avoidance, maintenance (including preventative maintenance through sensor and camera technology), and contractual compliance. Web-based, it can be easily uploaded to other Columbia offices and clients’ offices allowing remote monitoring.

Captain Pankaj Sharma, Manager of the Control Room, is a project management professional with years of experience managing control rooms. Mr Sharma commented: “Centralising our operations will give us the ability to better deal with fast-changing scenarios and developments as they happen. With 24/7/365 support, our goal is to have even faster decision-making and greater visibility by using modern technology to achieve cost-efficient vessel operations.”

The Control Room will be a management hub, seamlessly connecting to technical, marine, crew and commercial management departments and functions.

Columbia’s President Mark O’Neil in his opening address stated: “This project has been made possible through the excellent collaboration and support of our project partners Tototheo Maritime,” adding, “It is a visible and tangible example of how digitalisation and technology can be harnessed for optimisation of vessel operation and management. Not only will it make us more attractive to our clients and potential clients, it will also make our clients more attractive to the market through optimised operation. The Performance Optimisation Control Room demonstrates Columbia’s commitment to its clients and to the provision of a thoroughly modern, digitalised and optimised service.” 
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