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RS and Korean Register sign service sharing agreement

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and the Korean Register of Shipping (KR), - both IACS members - signed an Agreement enabling both societies to work more closely together.Recognising that a closer cooperation will allow both organisations to deliver enhanced services to the maritime industry, the Agreement was formally agreed by Dr Oh Kong-gyun, Chairman and CEO of KR and Mikhail G. Ayvazov, CEO of RS. The core principles of the new agreement are:To cooperate on the recruitment and training of technical staff and surveyors and to capitalise on the strengths of each other's global survey networkTo jointly explore ways of assisting ship-operators and ship-owners seeking to make use of polar routesTo combine KR's strength in CSR for bulk carriers and tankers with RS's strength in ice class ships in order to contribute effectively to the harmonised CSR activities which are ongoing within IACSTo work together and to take a leading role in all classification mattersTo stage a series of technical seminars on a joint basisTo share knowledge and expertise through visits, secondments and other channels.On signing the agreement, Dr Oh said: "The shipping and shipbuilding sectors continue to expand both in Korea and in Russia and we see several ...

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KR’s Christmas gift to the World Maritime University

KR donates software to WMU The Korean Register of Shipping (KR) - an IACS member classification society - has donated 150 copies of its award-winning KR-CON software application to the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden.KR-CON is a database application that contains full up-to-date texts of all IMO Conventions, Codes, Resolutions and Circulars in a single USB device. It helps users navigate through the complexities of IMO regulations and assists them to apply the various rules and regulations correctly.KR's Chairman and CEO, Mr Oh Kong-gyun signed a Memorandum of Understanding with WMU President, Dr. Björn Kjerfve to donate 150 copies of KR-CON to the university and to provide updated versions each year. "KR-CON is one of KR's greatest software and R&D achievements", said Oh Kong-gyun at the signing ceremony. "Using state-of-the-art technology, we have been able to archive the vast repository of IMO-generated material and deliver it in a user-friendly and intelligent format to a range of shipyards, shipping companies, flag states and other maritime authorities. I was particularly proud when we were asked to create and supply a tailored version to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to assist with its port state control activities. I am equally proud ...

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Shipbuilding should look to the offshore sector for growth

Says CEO of the Korean Register According to Oh Kong-gyun, Chairman and CEO of the Korean Register, the global shipbuilding sector should seek growth opportunities from the offshore industry.Speaking at the 4th Seoul International Shipbuilding and Maritime Conference (SIMS) in Korea this week, Mr Oh explained that while the world fleet is continuing to grow, the number of new orders decreased within the period 2006-2009."It can be assumed", he said, "that over the coming 10 years, the yearly average newbuilding order book will be less than that of the past 10 years. The demand for containers, tankers and LNG carriers will decrease, while the construction of offshore platforms will show strength in the market place owing to a high demand for energy, increased investment in the exploitation of oil and gas and higher oil prices. The increased demand for deep-sea crude oil and natural gas will also lead to heightened newbuilding activities for deep-sea oil platforms. The operational areas for these platforms will be mainly in Africa and the Gulf of Mexico"Mr Oh was joined at this year's SIMS event by Mr Oh-Yoon Kwon General Manager, KOSHIPA, the Korean Shipbuilders' Association who reminded delegates that Korea has been the global ...

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