China Classification Society (CCS) on 4 September opened a branch in Cape Town, South Africa.
The new branch is expected to enhance co-operation on shipping, shipbuilding, as well as ship maintenance with African countries, said the branch’s newly appointed general manager Xu Xiao.
Classification societies are one of the main components of the shipping industry, as they render technical support and solutions to the sector to ensure safer navigation and cleaner ocean environments, commented the local government.
CCS Africa general manager Liu Guang, when officiating the new branch, said that the Cape Town branch will provide strong support for CCS’ clients in south Africa, as well as west and east Africa.
The move is part of Beijing’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy, according to CCS, and is also an important step of CCS’ global strategy.
On 22 July CCS established an office in Mumbai, India.
“CCS finds it a must to serve China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy in India,” said CCS Southeast director Tian Xiaoping.
CCS has offices in 33 countries 51 branches in China.