UNDER a co-operation agreement, signed by the Indian Register of Shipping (IR Class) and ShipParts.com in Pudong Shanghai, IRClass will certify the Indian equipment suppliers and manufacturers that use the e-procurement platform and provide third party verification of products transacted on the site.

ShipParts.com will establish an “IRClass Pavilion” on the platform to provide certified Indian suppliers with an established digital route to international maritime markets. It will also be authorised to introduce IRClass services to both China and international manufacturers looking to access the sub-continent’s maritime sector.

H V Ramesh, Sr. principal surveyor and vice president, IRClass said,  “The agreement we have signed today with one of the world’s leading maritime e-commerce platforms marks a new chapter of co-operation that is underpinned by our common business values and digital growth aspirations”.

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Indian maritime sector has strong growth potential and the government has taken several initiatives to boost the maritime industry.

Roy Yap, chief growth officer, ShipParts.com, said, “India has long been an integral part of the international maritime industry, providing the sector with shipbuilding and repair capacity, quality equipment and services, and professional seafarers and maritime executives.

“Poised for growth, ShipParts.com is pleased to provide another digital channel for Indian manufacturers and service providers to the world stage with IRClass certification and verification.”

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