China Classification Society (CCS) has been named as the best performing International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) member for having the lowest DPI (Deficiency per Inspection Ratio) for bulk carriers.
CCS secured the ranking in dry bulk ship owner trade association Intercargo’s latest Benchmarking Bulk Carriers report for 2019-20 (see notes to editors). Intercargo found that CCS had a DPI of 1.12 with only 2.3 per cent of detentions despite having a 12.3 per cent market share of the global bulk carrier fleet.
The news comes as CCS confirmed its bulk carrier fleet has grown by 13 per cent in gross tonnes in the last year. CCS’ bulk carrier fleet now numbers 1320 vessels accounting for 62.05 million gross tonnes, including 68 Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) with 11.89 million gross tonnes, ranking CCS second for dry bulk carriers and first for VLOCs among the 12 IACS members respectively (reference from Clarksons).
Elsewhere in the bulk carrier market CCS has successfully delivered classification services for the new 325,000-ton VLOC ‘Ore Zhoushan’. CCS President Mo Jianhui attended the delivery and naming ceremony of the vessel at the Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Industry shipyard in Shandong Province. The Ore Zhoushan has been built for the Beijing headquartered ICBC Financial Leasing Company to operate between ports in Brazil and China.
The Ore Zhoushan was named by Miao Jianmin, Chairman of China Merchants Group and has a total length is 339.9m, while its moulded width is 62m and moulded depth is 29.5m. The vessel has a range of 25,500 nautical miles and a loading rate of 16,000 tonnes an hour.
In a speech at the ceremony Mr Mo paid tribute to the hard work and innovative approach of CCS team, and all involved, to complete the ship’s build on time despite strict COVID-19 restrictions.
“This has been a really innovative team effort between the shipyard, ship owner and the CCS survey teams, and I would like to thank everyone for making this a success,” he said. “Our surveyors have gone to the front line of the project to actively solve inspection difficulties and pain points. Our team has conducted on-site technical exchanges with the ship owner and the shipyard many times to ensure that the ship, and the construction period, progressed smoothly and the ship was delivered successfully.”
Notes to editors
For more details on Intercargo’s latest Benchmarking Bulk Carriers report for 2019-20: https://www.intercargo.org/benchmarking-report-2019-2020/
- CCS’ is the world’s fastest growing classification society.
- CCS’ serviced fleet numbers more than 35,000 vessels exceeding 155.12 million GT (see Annual Report).
- CCS’ fleet includes more than 32,000 ships involved in international and domestic shipping, and in excess of 2,600 ocean fishing vessels.
- Its ship survey business covers large ore carriers, high value-added ships including container ships and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, and green and intelligent ships. The society also provides classification services to a vast range of offshore installations and related industrial products.
- CCS has a worldwide network of 120 sites including new office openings in Abu Dhabi, Manila and St. Petersburg.
- CCS’ 33,000-plus clients are spread over 166 countries and regions, and it now holds 52 authorizations from national and regional governments. Recent authorisations include Mongolia, Ghana, Oman, Gabon and Macao.
Founded in 1956, China Classification Society (CCS) is headquartered in Beijing and is a member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).
CCS provides classification services to ships, offshore installations and related industrial products by furnishing world-leading technical rules and guidelines. CCS also provides statutory services as authorized by the administrations of the flag states or regions in accordance with international conventions, regulations and the related rules and regulations of the authorizing flag states or regions. Up to now, CCS has been authorized by 55 major shipping nations or regions in the world including China to perform statutory services for the ships flying their flags.
By committing to the mission of “safety, environmental protection and creating value for clients and society” and based on the 120 offices established across the globe, CCS provides services for a range of industry and fields including shipping, shipbuilding, shipping finance and insurance, marine equipment, ocean resources exploitation, ocean scientific research, industrial supervision, system certification, government policy and rule development, energy saving and emission reduction, risk management and evaluation, and is constantly developing new business areas.
By sticking to the policy of “building first-class international classification society with own characteristics and with technology as the foundation and credibility as the cornerstone”, CCS improves continuously its image and value through advanced technology and quality service and is widely and highly recognized by the international industry.