S. Korea ship classifier defends Iran marine work

July 5, 2012 18:37


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LONDON - A South Korean ship classification society on Thursday sidestepped calls from a US lobby group to halt its verification work in Iran, saying it was concerned that vessel safety and marine environment protection could be compromised by political issues.

Without verification from such bodies, ships are unable to call at international ports.

US group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) last week urged the Korean Register of Shipping (KR) to stop providing classification and certification services to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), its front companies and the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).

It had described KR's approach as "irresponsible."

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