Classification Societies

Lloyd's Register helps set the standards for a rising mainland

China's rapid industrialisation over the past 35 years has brought with it opportunities and pitfalls for the foreign companies seeking to tap into the mainland's burgeoning market.

Monday, 20 September, 2010, 12:00am

European port crackdown exposes unsatisfactory standards

Inspection of bulk carriers calling at ports in Europe last summer revealed unsatisfactory results, a shipping executive says.

Many were not up to international standard, said Hans Payer, chairman of the International Association of Ship Classification Societies (IACS), even the ships classed by IACS members, which were the majority inspected.

27 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Outgoing president questions methods by which lines had some vessels certified

International Ship Management Association (Isma) outgoing president Harry Gilbert has expressed doubts about the effectiveness and implementation of the International Safety Management (ISM) code intended to improve safety on ocean-going vessels.

25 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

NKK looks to China as Japan industry slumps

Japanese classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK) will strengthen its mainland activities to offset declining business at home, amid a growing crisis for Japanese shipbuilders.

NKK chairman Tadashi Mano said the society, which has offices in Dalian, Beijing, Qingdao, Shanghai and Guangzhou, would continue its classification business, despite strong competition.

1 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Vessel was held over fire safety, says department

The Hong Kong Marine Department has defended its detention of a multi-purpose vessel in July as being valid because the ship had several deficiencies related to fire fighting.

30 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

ISM compliance level fears

About 9,600 ships have received certification to the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, which came into force on July 1.

This is equivalent to 77 per cent of the 12,500 vessels that are believed to require certification, and 10 per cent less than the International Maritime Organisation estimated would comply.

29 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Vessels held as safety code comes in force

Since the International Maritime Organisation's International Safety Management (ISM) Code became mandatory for ships on July 1, the Hong Kong Marine Department has detained three vessels for non-compliance.

Marine Department senior surveyor So Ping-chi said two oil tankers were detained on July 2 and a chemical vessel was detained on Tuesday.

10 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

IACS sets design for bulk carriers

Shipowners ordering bulk carriers now must ensure the shipyard provides a design that meets International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) unified requirements.

6 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Seven societies authorised for ISM Code certification in SAR

The Marine Department has authorised seven classification societies to carry out International Safety Management (ISM) Code verification and certification for Hong Kong-registered ships.

They are American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, China Classification Society, Det Norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, Lloyd's Register of Shipping and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai.

12 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Veritas wins Norway work

French classification society Bureau Veritas says it has won substantial business in Norway, classing the largest passenger ferry built in Norway and most of the vessels operated by Jebsen Shipmanagement. Jebsen operates 32 vessels out of Norway and 12 out of London.

3 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Lloyd's Register sees 6,000-7,000 teu as likely upper limit

Container vessels will not exceed the present 6,000 to 7,000 teu (20 ft equivalent unit) capacity in the short term because of limitations of port handling facilities and reach of container cranes, a surveyor says.

8 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Inchcape gets ISO quality certification

Inchcape Shipping Services has been awarded ISO 9002 quality certification by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance.

The certificate will cover the company's global network of port offices in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Japan and the Americas.

6 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Inchcape gets ISO quality certification

Inchcape Shipping Services has been awarded ISO 9002 quality certification by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance.

The certificate will cover the company's global network of port offices in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Japan and the Americas.

6 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Surveyors sound alarm over slow progress on ISM

A group of marine consultants has warned that hundreds of vessels could be banned from leading ports unless a new approach is taken to comply with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.

The International Association of Quality Surveyors (IAQS), which was launched at Nor-Shipping '97 in Oslo this month, said classification societies' auditing backlog was bound to grow.

23 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

IACS suspends Polish member

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has suspended temporarily one of its members - the Polish Register of Shipping (PRS). IACS said that concern has been expressed about adherence to the comprehensive IACS Transfer of Class Agreement in particular in relation to the Polish Register of Shipping.

28 May 1997 - 12:00am

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