Seoul: Korean Register reports that the total number of ships classed with the society is up over 15% on figures from last year and now stands at an all time high of 2,335 in number with 35m gt.
‘Attention to quality, technology and customer service remain key drivers in the class society’s fleet growth, however. Chairman and CEO, Mr. Oh Kong-gyun, is determined to eliminate sub-standard ships within KR’s fleet and is taking bold steps in order to achieve that. To this end, he has established a “flying squad” of experienced surveyors dedicated to assisting vessels categorized as requiring “special attention” during PSC inspections and is offering pre-inspection services for vessels scheduled to enter a port where PSC inspection is expected. Extension of the organization’s international presence, in order to provide global service to customers, also continues apace. KR opened European Headquarters in October, 2008 and says it plans to expand its Western Asian and South Western Asian presences shortly, to complement its current network of 44 offices in major ports around the world.