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Korean Register Asked to Halt Iranian Ship Certifications

UANI calls on the Korean Register of Shipping to stop certifying IRISL vessels and Iranian oil tankers United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) calls on the Korean Register of Shipping (KRS) to stop certifying Iranian shipping vessels, specifically those of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC). Reportedly, KRS is the one and only classification societies in the world that continues to provide Iranian vessels with safety certificates. The prominent European shipping services Bureau Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd recently stopped certifying Iranian vessels in response to UANI. In a June 25 letter to Oh Kong-gyun, KRS Chairman & CEO, UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, explained how KRS’s activities help Iran circumvent multilateral sanctions, and violate sanctions imposed by the Republic of Korea: The lettter adds that KRS’s irresponsible decision to provide certification services at a time when responsible businesses are leaving Iran undermines the efforts of the international community to isolate the Iranian regime and directly aids IRISL’s deceptive and illegal activities.    


UANI Calls on Korean Register to Stop Political Gamesmanship

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) calls on Korean Register of Shipping to comply with international sanctions United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, has issued a statement regarding the Korean Register of Shipping’s (KR) response to UANI, as reported in the Reuters article “S.Korea ship classifier defends Iran marine work”, as follows: UANI is both concerned and certain that KR is placing the short-term profits of those that benefit from its


Korean Register Breaks Ground in Busan

At a ceremony in Busan, Korea on 12 March, the chairman and CEO of the Korean Register – an IACS member classification society – together with over 300 VIP guests, formally broke the ground to start construction of KR’s new head office. As part of its continuing international development plans, the Korean Register is expanding its core headquarters staff and has outgrown its current headquarters in Daejeon, central Korea


IoM, KR Conclude Class Pilot Project

Dick Welsh

IoM cooperation with the Korean Register (KR) could yield more Asia based tonnage for the Isle of Man ship registry; more than a third of Isle of Man Ship flagged tonnage now operated by ship owners from the Asia Pacific region. The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IoM) recently completed a pilot project with the Korean Register (KR) as a first step towards full recognition of the Korean classification society. The move could mean more Korean owned and classed vessels coming onto the Isle of


Korea Ferry Disaster Points Up Cronyism

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A culture of cosy personal ties that can blur the lines between businesses and those regulating them, of profit over safety, and soft courts is in focus as South Korea demands answers over the sinking of a ferry with the loss of more than 300 lives, mainly high school students. Prosecutors are investigating two shipping trade organisations responsible for vessel safety checks and for certifying ships that operate in domestic waters.


New Hull Structure Analysis Software

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The Korean Register (KR) released SeaTrust-HullScan, a software solution to analyze and appraise a vessel’s hull structure in accordance with the new harmonized common structural rules (CSR-H). SeaTrust–HullScan is a new ship design support program that enables ship designers and ship builders to accurately apply IACS CSR-H and all subsequent amendments when designing and constructing a vessel.  SeaTrust–HullScan was developed in-house and has been rigorously verified


ClassNK Bows to UANI Request to Close its Iran Office

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, applauds ClassNK's decision to end Iran ties Last week, UANI called on ClassNK, to close its Tehran office and stop certifying Iranian entities. Ambassador Wallace's statement reads: "We applaud ClassNK for pledging to close its Tehran office. Once it follows through on today's announcement to end its work in Iran, ClassNK will have closed yet another avenue for the Iranian regime to circumvent international sanctions


Korean Register and Dongkuk Implement Technology Exchange

The Korean Register – an IACS member class society - signed an MoU with global steel producer Dongkuk Steel. The agreement paves the way for the two organizations to cooperate on the exchange of strategic technology relevant to the construction of seagoing vessels and platforms. Specifically, the agreement defines mutual cooperation for developing and surveying rolled steel used in the building of ships and marine structures


Latvia Authorizes Korean Register Statutory Services

Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, has been authorized as a “recognized organization” of the Latvian government to deliver statutory services. The authorization means KR is now able to conduct relevant surveys, audits and issue certificates to Latvian flagged ships for SOLAS, MARPOL, ITC, ICLL, ISM Code and MLC. ISPS Code related certification will also be carried out upon acquiring prior approval from the government of Latvia.


Vesconite: Fast Turnaround on Rudder Bearings

Photo: Vesconite: Fast Turnaround on Rudder Bearings

Workboats, ships and megayachts rely on large and extra-large rudder bearings. Having a vessel in dry dock for days or weeks while waiting for an oversized bearing is costly and frustrating, said Vesconite, whose machined Vesconite and Vesconite Superclad replacements—up to 10' in diameter with practically any wall thickness—are available for immediate shipment from a global network of dedicated dealers, and with fast turnaround times for custom sizes.


New Ship Building Orders for Korean Yards

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 South Korean shipyards emerged on top for new orders in April, Business Korea reported quoting industry data.   The global total amount of new shipbuilding orders reached 750,000 CGT last month and 340,000 CGT and 260,000 CGT went to South Korean and Chinese shipbuilders, respectively


Vesconite Introduces Thicker Plate Stock

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Whether a simple wear plate or machined into a complex, multi-faceted shape, many projects call for a material of substantial thickness. Vesconite and Vesconite Hilube plate stock is now available in sizes up to 4" thick. The plates are available up to 8" wide and 10' long


Russia to build 15 Tankers at South Korean Shipyards

Photo: Yamal LNG

 Fifteen tankers will be built at South Korean shipyards to transport the products of the Yamal LNG plant, TASS cites Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying.   “We have noted with satisfaction the successful cooperation in the energy sector: South Korean companies are


PacRim Nations Crack Down on N.Korean Ships

South Pacific island nations are scouring shipping records for vessels with links to North Korea after Fiji said it had identified 20 falsely flagged ships it suspects the isolated regime is using to evade United Nations sanctions.   Fiji


North Korea Test Fires Submarine Missile

North Korea test fired a submarine-based ballistic missile (SLBM) from its east coast on Wednesday, CNN reports quoting South Korean authorities.   The missile flew about 500 kilometres before splashing into the Sea of Japan — the first missile of its kind to reach such a distance.


Three Chinese Fishermen Dead in S.Korea Coastguard Confrontation

China lodges protest with Seoul over the incident. Three Chinese fishermen were killed on Thursday in a fire that broke out on their boat when South Korean coastguard men trying to apprehend them for illegal fishing threw flash grenades into a room they were hiding in


North Korean Ships Reflag in Tanzania

 Around 50 ships owned by or related to North Korea have reflagged in Tanzania since the United Nations Security Council adopted its strongest-ever resolution on the country in March, in an apparent attempt to circumvent the sanctions.  


Korean Register CEO Park Passed Away

Dr. B. S. Park ( Photo: Korean Register)

Dr. B. S. Park, Korean Register Chairman and CEO, has passed away after a short illness.   Dr. Park graduated from Korea Maritime and Ocean University in 1976 and joined Pan Ocean Shipping where he worked in a number of capacities until 2001


China Rebuffs S.Korea over Sinking of Coast Guard Vessel

China said on Wednesday South Korea's coast guard should not have been operating in part of the sea where one of Seoul's patrol boats sank last week during an operation to crack down on a group of Chinese fishing boats.   South Korean coast guard vessels regularly chase Chinese boats for


Philippine Navy Orders 2 Frigates from Hyundai Heavy

Image of to-be-built 2,600ton Frigate for the Philippine Navy (Image: HHI)

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has signed a contract to build two 2,600 ton frigates with the Department of National Defense, Republic of the Philippines.   The frigates, scheduled to be delivered from 2020, will be a smaller light combatant and successor to the Incheon class frigate now in


Polymer: An Alternative Bearing Material

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Be it a mega yacht, workboat or ship, tremendous forces are put on warping rollers. Traditionally manufactured with bronze bearings that require regular maintenance and greasing, Vesconite is the modern polymer alternative that outclasses metallic materials, according to its manufacturer.  


Korean Register Names New Chairman & CEO

Lee Jeong-kie (Photo: KR)

Classification society the Korean Register (KR) has elected Lee Jeong-kie as its new Chairman and CEO.    Lee assumes the role of Chairman and CEO, following the death of B. S. Park, who passed away after a short illness in October 2016.  


Tech File: Vesconite Rudder Bushings

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South American river tugboats need robust rudder bushings: some 20 tug boats on the Parana River, running through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, have been equipped with Vesconite rudder bushings.   In the challenging waters of South American rivers


Korean Register Opens ICT Center

Korean Register (KR) has opened a new ICT (information communications technology) Center to enhance the application of advanced information and ICT across the maritime and ship classification industries. According to KR, the new high-tech facility has been launched in response to demand from


Royal Caribbean cuts South Korean Ports from China Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd will remove visits to South Korean ports from its China cruises, the firm said in a statement, amid rising tension between the two countries over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. missile defence system.   In a post on its Chinese website, the U.S






 
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