Marine Classification Society Surveying (eBook)

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April 2009

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Marine Classification Society Surveying (eBook)

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This publication discusses the function of marine classification societies and the work of class surveyors. It provides an insight into the work conducted by Marine Classification Societies, their purpose, regulation and the types of surveys carried out. It also discusses Class Societies’ rules and regulations for the building and continued operations of merchant ships, yachts, offshore platforms and special service crafts (including military vessels) and their work carried out in marine-related industries.

References are provided at the end of this book to help the reader source background information for further reading and research.

1 Introduction
2 History of Ship Classification Societies
3 IACS history, organisation and activities
4 General rules and definitions
5 The role of a Society
6 Ship Registries
7 Classification related activities
8 Interaction with other organisations
9 Class surveys
10 Hull construction and equipment
11 Machinery installations
12 Electrical installations
13 Materials
14 Vessel equipment
15 Fire protection
16 Intact stability
17 Load lines
18 Assignment of Freeboard
19 Statutory Certification
20 Quality system certification
21 The International Safety Management Code
22 Technical services
23 Emergency technical assistance services
24 Other business areas
25 Classification Society Publications
26 Conclusion

Title: Marine Classification Society Surveying (eBook)
Number of Pages: 124
Product Code: WS1015EA
Published Date: April 2009

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Marine Classification Society Surveying Review by Review, Lloyds List 23rd November 2009.
The Class Act

I am old enough to remember when a classification society surveyor was treated like visiting royalty. Frantic preparation and tremendous deference gave way to frightful consequences if the great man discovered anything slightly amiss. Nowadays, not enough people actually understand what class does and everyone suffers from this ignorance. Marine Classification Society Surveying is a small book written by surveyor Peter Broad which does a good job in demystifying the work of class and the functions of the surveyors.

Mr Broad describes the work of the class surveyor, in newbuilding, plan approval and the surveyor’s various roles in the aftermath of damage, or periodic surveys. He explains the difference between class and statutory requirements and the confusion that sometimes arises when the class surveyor undertakes work delegated by the flag state.

He emphasises the importance of experience and judgement in making a personal assessment on behalf of class as to whether something is right or wrong, or whether a repair can be postponed, or must be undertaken urgently. In short, Mr Broad tells us exactly what a surveyor does.

The job of the class surveyor gets more complex and more involved as the reach of classification extends, and worldwide sourcing of components and equipment means that approvals of what goes into a ship become increasingly difficult.

At the same time, the consequences of a wrong judgement call get ever more horrendous. This little book will help anyone afloat or ashore in understanding the workings of class. Marine Classification Society Surveying is written by Peter Broad ISBN 978 1 865093 14 9 and published by Witherby Seamanship International,'
(Posted on 01/05/2009)

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