ABS bags its first Japanese-flagged ship

04 Sep 2014

ABS, the Houston, US-based classification society, reports that it has become the first foreign class society to include a Japanese-flagged ship in its fleet.

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ("K" Line) has transferred its 302,488dwt VLCC Yamatogawa to ABS class following ABS being awarded 'Recognized Organization' (RO) status by the Japanese government. The RO designation allows ABS to provide statutory certification services to Japanese-flagged vessels on behalf of the government and it allows ABS to verify the compliance of those vessels with the major international safety and environmental conventions such as the International Load Line, SOLAS and MARPOL.

ABS gained its status as an RO in Japan in December 2012 and claims to be the largest foreign class society in the country. It opened its first Japanese office in Japan in 1949 and earlier this year was selected as the first foreign classification society for a Japanese-flagged newbuild ship, an AHTS vessel for Offshore Japan Corporation, a joint venture between "K" Line Kinkai and Offshore Operation Co.

"We are honoured to become the first foreign class society to include a Japanese-flagged vessel in our fleet. This is testament to our long-term commitment to delivering the high levels of professionalism that are demanded by the top Japanese shipowners," says Derek Novak, president and COO for ABS' Pacific Division. "We look forward to providing our best-in-class technical services and global support to a growing part of the Japanese commercial fleet in the coming years."

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