Classification societies : — What is their role, what is their future?

The article outlines the multiple functions which the classification societies have within the all-embracing maritime regulatory regime. By looking into the history explanations are given for the somewhat complicated shape of, in particular, the maritime safety regime and its segmentation into statutory matters and classification issues.The addition of safety management and security is reflected as constituting two areas entirely new to all stakeholders of the regime, and the surprisingly smooth implementation is praised.The special relations between maritime administrations and classification societies are discussed, as are the conditions under which the “surveyor” as the key figure of the system works. A brief section deals with the creation of IACS and its functions.Position is taken with respect to rather frequently voiced criticism, questioning the adequacy of classification societies for the work they execute and their performance quality. The article also attempts to extrapolate certain lines to the future.

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  • Accession Number: 01609235
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2016 9:17AM