By Emmie V. Abadilla
The Philippine Register of Shipping (PRS), the country’s first and largest ship classification society, is rebranding and expanding its services to acquire more clients among domestic fleets.
“Last year, we renovated our Manila and Cebu offices. We also opened an office in General Santos City, a major fishing and gateway port to the South,” according to incumbent PRS President William Hernandez.
At present, PRS has more than 500,000 in gross tonnage of all types of merchant ships trading in domestic routes under its class, from the largest Roll-On, Roll-Off vessels and double-hulled tankers, to container ships and mono-hulled passenger ferries.
The class society has established subsidiaries, such as the PRS Quality Assurance (PRS QA), which issues shipowners’ ISO certifications and PRS Technical Services (PRS Tech), a marine consultancy firm doing damage stability tests – a Marina requirement for domestic vessels.
As part of its rebranding, PRS has also modernized its logos and adopted the “Safe seas always” advocacy in response to the call for safer ships in the country.