International Register of Shipping Opens Office in Norway

London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) December 18, 2009 -- International Register of Shipping has opened an office in Norway as it continues to expand its international presence in the world's main maritime centers.

The office in Bergen will be run by Noralf Lekva and Kjell Jensen, a master mariner. Both have extensive experience in the maritime industry, including ship owning, brokering and management. Torris Bornes, senior principal surveyor for the office, is a naval engineer who has a wide range of experience, including ship's engineer in the merchant marine, manager of ship repair yards, technical manager for offshore companies and surveyor for several classification societies.

"We are pleased to be opening the first International Register of Shipping office in Scandinavia," says Mr Lekva. "It will help us better serve the register's clients and establish our presence in this vital maritime area."

International Register of Shipping, established in 1993, is an independent classification society serving a fleet of more than 1,300 ships around the world, with surveyors working in more than 100 countries. It already has exclusive offices/surveyors in Alexandria, Cochin, Dakar, Dubai, Houston, Lagos, Limassol, Moscow, New Orleans, Odessa, Panama City, Piraeus, Shanghai, Tartous, and Vladivostok, with headquarters in Miami.

The register also plans to open an office in Singapore early in 2010.

Julian Padilla, Chairman of the International Register of Shipping, says it is important to have a presence in Norway, one of the world's leading shipping nations. "We are committed to building closer relationships with our shipowners and the maritime centers of excellence. This will ensure we can offer the highest possible standards of service and help us promote the importance of sharing knowledge through training and other events, such as seminars and conferences."

Mr Padilla says: "The opening of the Bergen office further enhances the global presence of the group and will help us better meet the requirements of our members."

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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.

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