International Register of Shipping and Ships Classification Malaysia Sign Bilateral Agreement of Collaboration

London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) December 09, 2009 -- International Register of Shipping has signed another international bilateral agreement of collaboration - reinforcing its commitment to promoting the highest standards in the maritime industry.

The agreement with Ships Classification Malaysia (SCM) will enhance safety and security in navigation and help prevent marine pollution, as well as promote technical and educational cooperation and encourage joint ventures in ship survey.

"We have agreed to co-operate in both the ships classification services and non-classification services," says Said Nassif, managing director of International Register of Shipping, who augmented the established group seeking to finalize the agreement. "We are very pleased to be working closely with SCM - this reinforces our commitment to transparency and quality in the maritime industry. It's only by continuing to strive for fairness in the maritime world that we can ensure that our industry remains competitive."

"This agreement will allow us to expand the services we provide to our shipowners," says Abdul Jamil Murshid, chief executive of SCM. "We look forward to a long and successful relationship between the two societies."

International Register of Shipping, established in 1993, has long recognised the value of closer collaboration with other classification societies. Earlier this year, it signed a bilateral agreement of collaboration with Taiwan's China Corporation Register of Shipping and it has had a bilateral agreement with the Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia since 2004.

"We believe that through collaboration with other Classification societies we can make our trades safer, more secure, more efficient and profitable for all," Nassif adds. "That is why we actively seek such opportunities."

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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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