China Classification Society (CCS) had a banner 2018 with more than 10m gt of ships joining the Beijing-headquartered company. Clarksons Research’s latest World Fleet Monitor with data taken from January 1 this year shows the huge growth saw CCS leapfrog France’s Bureau Veritas (BV) to become the world’s fifth largest ship classification society.
In September last year CCS celebrated passing the 100m gt mark for the first time. It has recently promoted Mo Jianhui to replace the retiring Sun Licheng as president.
DNV GL was the big loser in the last 12 months despite retaining top spot. The Oslo-headquartered class society saw nearly 7m gt wiped off its books. DNV merged with GL in 2013 to surpass Japan’s Class NK as the world’s largest ship classification society.