Marine Classification Society Surveying

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April 2009

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This book provides an insight into the work conducted by Marine Classification Societies, their purpose, regulation and the types of surveys carried out. Much of the information in this book concerns 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.

There are many Class Societies operating throughout the world and they all have common standards. Discussion of their operation, interpretation and professionalism are not part of this book, neither are the economic and financial influences involved in choosing one society in preference to another.

References are provided at the end of the book to help the reader with any background information for further reading and research. Most of the information concerns the Class Societies' rules and regulations for the building and continued operation of merchant ships, yachts, offshore platforms and special service craft (including military vessels), but it also outlines their work in marine related industries.

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
Number of Volumes: 1
Number of Pages: 124
Product Code: WS1015K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-314-9 (9781856093149), ISBN 10: 1-85609-314-X (185609314X)
Published Date: April 2009
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 240 mm
Book Width: 180 mm
Book Spine: 70 mm
Weight: 0.60 kg

Customer Reviews

Marine Classification society surveying Review by Frank
This is a good book, its a nicely laid out modern format like the other witherby seamanship books.

However, as an engineer officer I found the chapter on machinery survey which was 3 pages taking into account pictures and part pages was disappointing. It is merely a list of the machinery in the engine room and had no specific details or depth as to what was to be surveyed on that item. The one item covered in detail is the ships propeller.

The electrical instillation chapter was much better.

As an engineering officer, if you are considering to purchase this book it does have good general information about surveying and the overall picture. However if you are considering it based on machinery survey this book essentially skips it.

The other parts of the book are excellent. (Posted on 26/09/2019)
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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