November 30, 2012 – Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has been named the newest Recognized Organization (RO) of the Palauan Flag administration. A new agreement signed between ClassNK and the Palauan International Ship Registry delegates ClassNK authority to certify Palauan flagged vessels in accordance with international conventions.
The Republic of Palau is an island nation consisting of eight principal islands located in the western Pacific Ocean and shares maritime borders with Indonesia, The Philippines and the Federated States of Micronesia. In order to support maritime development, Palau established an International Ship Registry in 2010, and became the 26th signatory of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) in May 2012.
Under the agreement, ClassNK is now able to perform surveys and issue certificates in accordance with SOLAS, MARPOL, Load Line, Tonnage Measurement and other international conventions to all Palauan flagged vessels on behalf of the flag administration. Including Palau, ClassNK is now authorized to provide statutory certifications on behalf of 106 flag administrations around the world.
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ClassNK External Affairs Division