Thursday, December 17, 2009

International Register Of Shipping Opens Norwegian Office

Continued Expansion for Independent Society
Shipping News Feature

NORWAY – The International Register of Shipping (IRS) has opened an office in Norway as it continues to expand its international presence in the world’s main maritime centres.

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.”

IRS, 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 offices or representatives around the globe with it’s headquarters located in Miami.

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

Julian Padilla, Chairman of the IRS, believes that 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 ship owners and the maritime centres 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,” he said.

Mr Padilla added that: “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.”