A RECORD DNV-classed tonnage of 1.2 million deadweight tonnes was delivered to owners in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan last year, the classification society says in its annual report. It says the overall outlook is excellent for both new-buildings and ships in operation. Last year, DNV signed joint venture agreements with the China Classification Society in Beijing, covering ship classification and inspection work. DNV is now the largest non-Chinese classification society, in tonnage terms, for new vessels under construction in China. It has also achieved wide acceptance on the mainland for safety management certification, the report says. Of the record new-building orders of about nine million gross registered tonnes placed with South Korean yards last year, 40 per cent were to DNV class. DNV awarded ISO 9001 quality system certification to three Korean yards, and in total issued 20 Accredited Quality System certificates. The society is also acting as Certifying Authority in the construction of a jack-up rig for BP at Hyundai Heavy Industries, and has carried out vendor inspection at Samsung Heavy Industries on heavy-lift cranes for the Port Authority of Singapore. DNV opened new offices in China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and India. last year.