The ship classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has received ‘Recognised Organisation’ (RO) authorisation from the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).

The move will enable the company to provide classification services to Danish-flagged ships.

The society said that obtaining the RO status from important maritime flags forms part of its plan to expand its presence in Europe.

In a letter addressed to IRClass, the DMA said: “We are fully convinced that IRClass is a qualified and competent organisation capable of providing professional services for our Danish shipping industry. The agreement will further strengthen the maritime ties between India and Denmark.

“We look forward to establishing a sound working relationship with IRClass and will seize future opportunities for direct technical cooperation with your distinguished classification society.”

Currently, the society has branches in the UK, the Netherlands, Greece and Turkey. The company is planning to expand its network in Northern Europe.

IRClass vice-president and regional manager PK Mishra said: “IRClass is proud to have been formally recognised as a ‘Recognised Organisation’ by the DMA.

“This enables us to offer our classification services to Danish-flagged vessels and further enhances our reputation in the European market as a trustworthy classification society with a commitment to provide prompt and value-added services to European shipowners.”

In July, the company secured RO authorisation from the Republic of Cyprus.

In total, the company obtained the approval of 44 flag administrations, including the Netherlands, Malta and Bulgaria. The society received the EU authorisation in 2016.