Japanese classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has opened two new exclusive surveyor offices today in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Colombo, Sri Lanka, respectively. The new offices become the 117th and 118th offices (21 in Japan, 97 outside of Japan) in the Society’s global service network. The opening of the new offices continues ClassNK’s aggressive network expansion, which saw the class society open seven new exclusive surveyor offices around the globe in 2010.
Chairman and President Ueda marked the achievement by saying: “These new offices reflect the growing number of NK clients in Russia and South Asia, and the continuing globalisation of the ClassNK fleet.”
The ClassNK register grew by more than 10 million gross tons during 2010 to reach a total of nearly 179.5 million gross tons, further cementing ClassNK’s position as the world’s leading classification society in terms of gross tonnage under class.