Having reached a new milestone ClassNK is repositioning itself to expand its operations not only in India but the entire sub-continent
Not wanting to rest on his laurels after ClassNK having outstripped the 200 million gross tons figure by the end of August 2012, Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of the society has already embarked on a staunch strategy. “We want to seize this opportunity to manifest our three basic goals for our society,” he says. “We want to create a stable foundation in order to respond to changes in the market environment. Besides, we will maintain ClassNK’s position as the world’s leading classification society and expand our share of the classification market. We hope to undertake this by taking a more proactive approach to new opportunities”.
He considers India a niche market where they already have a full-fledged operational office in Mumbai, two sub-offices and three survey offices in the rest of the country. The total Indian flag gross tonnage is nearing 12 million GT. “But when it comes to expansion ClassNK focus is not just India but the whole South East region including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other countries,” he says. “We are planning to upgrade our Cochin office shortly.
We have a long relationship with ABG Shipyard in India. The scope and extent of ClassNK survey and inspection services is increasing. Not only are more ships being built there, but the shipyard is more and more appreciative of our high quality services. According to IHS Fairplay data, ClassNK is not only the leading classification society for bulk carriers with nearly three times as many bulk carriers on it register as the next International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) member society, but is also the leading class society in IACS for tankers and second for container carriers in terms of ship numbers.
In addition to newly built vessels, the large number of vessels transferred from other classification societies has propelled ClassNK’s rapid growth in recent years, and ClassNK remains dedicated to continual improvement of its services to maintain the strong support and trust it has earned from the maritime industry.
In India the Society has entered into a few joint ventures. ClassNK has partnered IRS in several research and development projects. It has developed several technical software tools for in-house use as well as for the industry. Under this joint venture it has developed guides for the the master of the ship as well as the personnel on-board regarding the condition of the ship in real time, and how to manage the safety of the ship in case of grounding and other emergencies. Besides, it advises on how to mitigate the damage caused in an accident. It also indicates the current condition of the hull, so that repairs / renewals can be carried out in the most efficient manner
Recently ClassNK was the recipient of The Lloyd's List Middle East & Indian Subcontinent Awards. This was in acknowledgment of its operations in the Indian subcontinent including survey operations at shipyards for newly-built and existing ships, providing training to improve safety of seafarers, and recognizes ClassNK high quality of services.
With a total of 8036 ships of 206,927,557 gross tons as of end August 2012, ClassNK, the world's leading classification society, now has 121 survey offices throughout the world with a total of 18 located in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent.