As the world’s largest classification society, ClassNK continues to expand at an impressive rate and today, the Society’s Classification Committee confirmed its register has topped 190 million gross tones.
The register listed 7,596 ships totaling 190.6m gt at the end of September, while a net total of more than 11m gt joined the society’s register in the first nine months of this year alone.
Noboru Ueda, ClassNK Chairman and President, 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 newly built vessels, with newbuilding registrations reaching 14.8m gt, roughly 87% of the 17.1m gt that have joined ClassNK’s register so far this year. The achievement puts ClassNK well on its way to matching its previous record of 17.8m gt of newbuildings and 19.7m gt in total it added to its register in 2010.
In line with ClassNK’s dominant position in the field of bulk carrier classification, bulkers of all sizes accounted for some 283 of the 593 ships, or just less than half of the ships added to the ClassNK register from January to September, with significant numbers of cargo vessels, work boats and offshore support vessels, as well as gas and oil tankers making up the remainder of the additions.
Mr Ueda said: “We view this growth as an incredible vote of confidence from the maritime industry. In recognition of the great trust that has been placed in us, we will rededicate ourselves to promoting the growth and development of the maritime industry, and securing a brighter future for the entire maritime community.”