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22 April 2016

RS expands presence in East Asia
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has signed an agreement on delegation of authority with the Hong Kong Maritime Administration. The signing was preceded by the Administrations audit, which confirmed compliance of RS with the requirements of the IMO Code for Recognized Organizations (RO Code) and the applicable national legislation of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is among top five ship registers in terms of tonnage. The flag is on white lists of regional Port State Control memoranda and has a low ship detention rate. The Hong Kong Maritime Administration carries out regular monitoring and assessment of fleet performance through a special quality control system (Fleet Quality Control System - FSQC). Increased requirements are also applied to recognized organisations which are entitled to carry out statutory surveys of ships on behalf of the Hong Kong Maritime Administration.

As part of its strategy of expanding presence in East Asia, RS has also opened a new office in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). According to Mr. Konstantin Palnikov, RS Director General, "recognition by the esteemed Hong Kong Maritime Administration is yet another proof of the high quality of RS services, and our new Hong Kong office will create wide perspective for active promotion of them in the region."

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Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has over 50 branch offices in Russia and abroad. The wide network of offices allows RS to perform requests in any region in a fast and economically efficient manner.

RS activity in East and South-East Asia has over 60 years history. Cooperation of the USSR Register and now the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping with the shipbuilding and ship-repair yards of the People's Republic of China has been going on since late 1940s. Currently there are two RS offices in China, one in Tianjin and another in Shanghai. RS offices in Vietnam and Singapore have been operating since mid-1980s. In 1994, RS opened an office the Republic of Korea, and in 2012, a new Design and Newbuilding support Centre in Busan was established to support shipbuilding projects with Russian participation.

RS actively collaborates with yards in East and South-East Asia, which are among the world leaders in the field of shipbuilding and ship repair. The increasing demand for RS services gives an impetus to further expansion of its presence in the region and opening of new offices for the customers convenience.



Established in 1913, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is one of the leading classification societies. Recognised by the European Union. Member of IACS. The RS activity is aimed at enhancing high standards of maritime safety and minimising the negative impact of human activities on the environment through scientifically based risk assessment and risk management procedures.

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