Italian international classification society RINA is opening up a plan approval and technical office in Southampton UK. The opening of the office in January 2011 is in response to increasing demand for superyachts in the UK and Northern Europe, and will provide support to superyacht designers, naval architects and shipyards.

“Even during the crisis we have seen strong UK-based yacht builders such as Sunseeker and Princess growing, and they are both investing into the larger sizes of yachts. They choose RINA to class those yachts, and we see growing demand for advice, consultancy, pre-assessment and direct liaison over plan approval for superyachts. That is why we have put two experienced yacht engineers into a UK office, so they are able to help designers and yards cope with the requirements of the new MCA Passenger Yacht Code and the upcoming requirements of ILO MLC2006. They will be close to the superyacht sector in the UK, and be well positioned to help designers and yards in Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia,” says Paolo Moretti, Yachting Business Manager for RINA.

RINA is one of the oldest classification societies and certification companies in the world, established in Genoa in 1861 to serve the marine industry. RINA’s services cover the environment, energy, transportation, logistics, safety, quality and social responsibility.