Class society opens new Chinese office

31 Mar 2011

ClassNK has officially announced the establishment of a new exclusive surveyor office in Shenzen, China, the 11th office it has opened in China, marking the continued growth of ClassNK’s presence in the Chinese market.

Located between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, the Shenzhen region is said to be one of the fastest growing maritime hubs in Southern China, serving as both an important shipping hub, and an increasingly popular stopover for maintenance and ship repair. ClassNK’s Shenzhen office will serve all major ports in the region, including Mawan, Shekou, Chiwan, and Yantian, and the region’s leading shipyards.

The continued growth of China as one of the world’s leading maritime nations is of great of importance to entire maritime industry, including ClassNK. Newbuilding tonnage classed with the Society in China grew by more than 60% between 2009 and 2010, and as Shenzhen in particular has grown as a maritime centre, demand for ship surveys in the region has been rapidly increasing. The new office will make it possible to provide better service to the increasing number of vessels that call at Shenzhen’s ports, as well as better serve the growing local maritime industry.

ClassNK’s says its newbuilding registrations reached almost 20 million gt in 2010. With the opening of the Shenzhen office, ClassNK now has a global network of 119 exclusive surveyor offices, 98 of which are outside Japan.

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