ClassNK recognised as RO by Norway flag

13 Nov 2011

The Norwegian government has officially recognised ClassNK as a Recognized Organization (RO) which allows the Japanese classification society to perform surveys and issue certificates for Norwegian flagged vessels.

At a ceremony held at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, deputy minister Rikke Lind of Norway’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, and ClassNK chairman & president Noboru Ueda signed the agreement. Lind highlighted the importance of the new agreement, saying: “I am certain that this agreement will prove to be a milestone in the long and proud history of maritime cooperation between our two countries.”

Her sentiments were echoed by Noboru Ueda who added that he hoped the agreement would “help to build even stronger ties between the two great maritime nations” and committed ClassNK to “providing the best service possible to Norwegian flagged vessels over the years to come.”

The new agreement makes Norway the 103rd flag administration to delegate authority for surveys and statutory certificates to ClassNK, which became the first classification society in history to have more than 190 million gross tons on its register at the end of September 2011. Norway’s two ship registers, the Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register (NOR) and Norwegian International Ship Register (NIS), account for almost 2,000 vessels totaling more 16.5 million gt.  

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