Korean Register (KR) – an International Association Classification Society (IACS) member classification society – has launched the industry’s first Survey & Audit Preparation Guide which will allow shipowners to check exactly what items need to be prepared for their next vessel survey audit, before submitting an application.
KR has used its extensive data resources and IT technology expertise to develop the new tailored service that will support shipowners’ forward planning helping them to get the most out of their ship safety management activities. Previously, shipowners did not know which items they needed to prepare for the ship survey before submitting their application.
Mr Jeong Kie Lee, Chairman and CEO, KR says: “This is another example of our work to go ‘above and beyond’ when providing convenient value-adding services for our customers to support their business activities and enhance safety. The new guide — which is the first time any organization has offered such a service — will help with timely operational planning, and can be checked anytime, anywhere.”
KR has been developing a specialist database for this purpose over the last two years. It includes the different types of international maritime conventions, KR‘s survey rules, the legal requirements of each flag state, and identifies the specific actions and timeline for each shipowner.
The ‘Survey & Audit Preparation Guide’ uses this data to help shipowners prepare for forthcoming ship surveys, International Safety Management and International Ship and Port facilities Security (ISM/ISPS) audits, and Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) inspections. The online guide also offers shipowners the option to print out tailor-made information when selecting types of survey and the ship’s specification including the ship type, construction date and flag state.
The new service which is tailored to each ships’ specific requirements is available on the homepage of KR‘s website (http://guide.krs.co.kr/Login/Login.aspx). Current users of KR‘s e-Fleet system can access the ‘Survey & Audit Preparation Guide’ free of charge, using their existing passwords and sign in details.
The KR was established in 1960 with the purpose of promoting safety of life, property and the protection of the marine environment.
KR currently classes an international fleet of 3,068 vessels totaling 69 million GT. It is headquartered in Busan, South Korea and operates a network of 66 offices around the world. It’s Chairman and CEO, JK Lee, is a naval architect.