ITALY CLASSIFICATION RINA OPENS GREEK CENTRE
ITALY-based classification-society Rina has opened a Plan Approval Centre in Greece to provide Greek shipowners with faster response times when contracting newbuildings and conversions.
Antonio Pingiori, head of Rina"s marine division, says, ?We have seen demand for RINA class growing strongly in Greece, for newbuildings and conversions in Europe and Asia.
This new Plan Approval Centre will bring expertise closer to the owners. One of the benefits of working with Rina which the owners most appreciate is our ability to be nimble in a fast-moving market. This significant commitment of experienced personnel to Greece shows how we intend to enhance our speed of reaction further.?
Spyridon Zolotas, head of Rina Piraeus says, ?Our new Plan Approval Centre will help owners to make sound decisions quickly. It will provide local consultancy in the design stages of new construction or conversion of any type of vessel and support to designers on the application of newly adopted international rules and specific flag requirements.
We will also be able to provide FEM analysis of tankers and bulkers in service and we have special expertise in RO/RO cargo and RO/RO pax conversions, re-fitting, and upgrading. That includes definition of the applicable rules and identification and resolution of the key aspects of the project, in particular regarding fire protection, ventilation, means of escape, stability and structural aspects.?
Rina currently classes 155 vessels totalling 3.4 m gt on behalf of 62 Greek owners. Vessels classed cover all types of ship, including 3 cruise ships, 26 passenger ferries and 42 bulk carriers. Rina's global orderbook for newbuildings grew to 575 ships totalling 8.85m gt in 2007.