London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) December 11, 2009 -- The International Register Training Institute (IRTI), which is a department of the International Register of Shipping (IRS), held a 2 day Maritime Safety Management Systems Auditor Training Course at Africa Re House, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
The course which addresses auditing under the International Safety Management Code (ISM Code) was conducted by two tutors from IRTI - Mr Ovid London and Mr Viorel Ceanga.
Attending the course were 13 participants from the Nigerian Maritime industry, including two officers from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and safety Agency - Captain Jerome Angyunwe, Chief Nautical Surveyor and Mr Kato A. S. Chief Engineer Surveyor.
Participants lauded IRS for taking the lead over other class societies by arranging to have its Institute conduct maritime training courses in Nigeria. They have requested the institute continue to provide other maritime courses in the future.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The International Register of Shipping has more than 1,300 ships on its register, with a combined gross tonnage of 7.3 million tonnes.
It is currently authorized by 18 flag administrations to perform statutory certification in accordance with many of the International Maritime Organization's conventions. With 15 offices across the world and a presence in 90 countries through affiliated offices, the IRS has a truly global presence
It is an independent classification society without the patronage of any particular flag administration.
Also independent of the IACS, IRS acts with impartiality and objectivity as a self-regulating agency to the international marine industry, with the mission of serving the public interest as well as the needs of clients by promoting the safety and security of life, property and the natural environment.
The society does this by acting as a regulatory body governing the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.