ClassNK marches on
Leading classification society ClassNK has reached a record 190 mill gt of entered tonnage.
ClassNK, already the world’s largest classification society, announced that at the end of September, it’s register had climbed to 7,596 ships totalling 190.6 mill gt.
This total was achieved due to a net amount of more than 11 mill gt joining the society’s register in the first nine months of this year.
ClassNK chairman and president Noboru Ueda said: “The continued growth of our register in spite of the current tough economic climate and increased scrapping of older vessels reflects our unmatched commitment to service, as well as our growing presence in the maritime community around the world.”
The growth of the ClassNK Register continues to be driven by newbuildings, with new vessel registrations reaching 14.8 mill gt, roughly 87% of the 17.1 mill gt that have joined NK’s register so far this year.
This achievement puts the class society well on its way to matching its previous record of 17.8 mill gt of newbuildings and 19.7 mill gt in total that it added to its register last year.
During the first nine months of this year, almost half of the vessels entered were drybulk carriers with other types making up the remainder, including gas and oil tankers.
Source: Tanker Operator