Ship classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has secured a new contract from the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) to carry out Emergency Response Services (ERS) for 33 vessels.

The five-year contract, which is effective from the end of last month, encompasses various types of vessels such as oil tankers, bulk carriers and containerships.

IRClass’ ERS is designed to provide round-the-clock technical assistance to the vessels involved in any incident such as a collision or fire.

The service is offered through the swift assessment of the intact / damage stability and longitudinal strength of the concerned vessel.

It addresses structural impairments, progressive flooding, excessive trim / heel and loss of vessel stability.

Once notified about the incident, IRClass assembles a team of professionals within two hours under ERS.

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Experts recreate the condition of the vessel using a pre-developed 3D hull model and the data received from the concerned vessel.

“This contract highlights IRClass’ growing portfolio of offering value-added, beyond-class services.”

Simulations are being carried out for different scenarios to offer appropriate advice to the client in resolving the issue.

The classification society also conducts periodical drills to ensure the reliability of the service.

IRClass technical head C R Venugopal said: “The commitment we have made to SCI further strengthens the existing, excellent relationship we share with the shipping company.

“This contract highlights IRClass’ growing portfolio of offering value-added, beyond-class services.”

ERS complies with various requirements, including MARPOL Annex 1, Regulation 37(4) and IACS Recommendation No 145, IRClass noted.