Mar 5, 2024 | Ship classification news

Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) with the aim of fostering innovation and sustainability in the maritime industry.

Under the MoU, IRS will provide guidance and expertise to GRSE in developing autonomous and green energy vessels. The collaboration aims to ensure that vessels designed and developed by GRSE comply with evolving safety standards, rule requirements, design specifications and mandatory compliances for autonomous and green energy vessels. Leveraging IRS insights and recommendations, GRSE will ensure the vessels are designed and developed in compliance with the latest industry standards.

Cmde P.R. Hari (Retd), GRSE Chairman and MD said: “Taking cognisance of the changing technology landscape, GRSE while continuing its focus on conventional shipbuilding, has created a separate vertical for autonomous vessels and green shipping. The MoU with IRS will facilitate this foray in the new technology arena, while further cementing the long-standing relationship that GRSE shares with IRS.”

Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman, IRS said: “The partnership with GRSE emphasises our commitment to promoting innovation and sustainability in the maritime sector. Our objective is to combine our expertise with GRSE’s capabilities to develop autonomous and green vessels aligned with the industry’s changing needs and environmental targets.”

Image: Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman, IRS (right) and Cmde P. R. Hari (Retd), Chairman and MD, GRSE (left) (source: IRS) 

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