Korean Register of Shipping

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Korean Register of Shipping (KR)
Nonprofit organization
Industry Classification society
Founded 1960
Headquarters Busan, Korea
Number of locations
Area served
Services Classification
System certification
Naval services
Industry services
Website Korean Register of Shipping

Korean Register of Shipping (KR) is a maritime classification society and a technical advisor to the maritime industry, safeguarding life, property and the environment through the pursuit of excellence in its rules and standards. Founded in 1960 and becoming a member of International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in 1988, KR ensures its customers receive immediate and high quality services through a comprehensive network of more than 65 offices with its headquarters in Busan, Korea.

Classification and Statutory Services[edit]

KR’s class survey regime aims to help clients register their vessels and operate them in a safe and responsible way throughout their service life. Vessels under a KR's service programme benefit from all classification surveys being undertaken by experienced KR surveyors stationed around the world. KR has also been awarded recognised organisation status by a large number of major shipping nations' governments. This allows KR to conduct statutory surveys on their behalf and to certify compliance with international maritime codes and conventions.

System Certification[edit]

The KR certification centre provides clients with a range of certification services, covering many sectors such as ships, airplanes, chemistry, electricity, electronics, and materials, providing an important valued service as a specialist technology and certification body. KR is accredited as a certification body of ISO 9001 (Quality management system), ISO 14001 (Environment management system), OHSAS 18001 (Health and safety management system) and ISO 50001 (Energy management system) by the Korea Accreditation Board. KR is also accredited as the sole certification body of ISO 28000 (Security management system for the supply chain) and ISO28007 (Guidelines for private maritime security companies) by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards of the Korean Government. To meet the needs of its clients, KR provides highly quality and specialized one-stop certification services to improve the competitiveness and productivity of its client's companies.

Naval Services[edit]

KR provides verification of technical documentation for naval vessel design and contribute to the stability and combat performance of all types of warships and submarines.

  • Development service of naval vessel technology standards
  • Plan approval and review service of critical systems and design documents
  • Survey service of naval vessels during construction, equipments, etc
  • CAP service of naval vessels, diving vehicles and equipments
  • Technical assistance and training service

Industry Services[edit]

Through a Joint Venture with a local partner in Brunei, KR established KR (B) (Korean Register in Brunei Darussalam) in 2016 to deliver high-quality technical services including safety inspections of Onshore/Offshore structures, diagnosis of lifting equipments, inspections of high-pressure vessels and welding as well as third party inspections of new equipment.