Japan-based ship classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has resumed operations in Iran, with the opening of its Tehran Office.

ClassNK has also reopened its agreements with the Iranian Classification Society (ICS) and Ports and Maritime Organisation (PMO), Ministry of Roads & Urban Development of Iran.

In December 2009, ClassNK opened its Tehran office but shut it down in 2012. ClassNK has decided to reopen its Tehran office in the wake of recent changes in the region.

"Another deal with PMO, the Iranian maritime administration, is expected to be finalised in the coming weeks."

In order to bolster its operations in Iran, the society also signed a deal with ICS in February this year. The deal establishes a framework for surveys and certifications for NK/ICS dual-classed ships.

Another deal with PMO, which is the Iranian maritime administration, is expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.

After finalising, the deal with PMO will allow ClassNK along with Port & Flag State Control officers to perform statutory surveys and certifications on Iranian-flagged vessels.

Additionally, ClassNK will continue to collaborate with major industry organisations and expand its worldwide survey office network in order to meet industry demands and provide timely and high-quality services.

Recently, the society opened its new survey office in Nantes, France, marking the third exclusive survey office for ClassNK in France.

The society has already set up survey offices in France’s Dunkerque and Marseille.

With the opening of the new office, ClassNK aims to improve the efficiency of its ship surveys in the Bay of Biscay region, allowing it to quickly respond to clients’ needs throughout France.

Image: ClassNK resumes its operations in Iran. Photo: courtesy of ClassNK.