British classification society.

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CLASSIFICATION SOCIETY

Independent and reputable organizations which verifies and inspects vessels for seaworthiness. As technical experts, they serve to provide the necessary basis for adjusting insurance rates for the vessel.

INTERNATIONAL LOAD LINE CERTIFICATE

A certificate which gives details of a ship's freeboard and states that the ship has been surveyed and the appropriate load lines marked on her sides. The certificate is issued by a classification society or coastal authority such as a coast guard.

SEAWORTHINESS CERTIFICATE

A certificate issued by a classification society surveyor to allow a vessel to proceed after she has met with a mishap that may have affected its seaworthiness. It is frequently issued to enable a vessel to proceed, after temporary repairs have been effected, to another port where permanent repairs are then carried out.

ABS

The American Bureau of Shipping is a U.S. classification society that certifies if a ship is in compliance with standard rules of construction and maintenance.

APPROVED EQUIPMENT

Equipment of a design that has been type-tested and approved by an appropriate authority such as a governmental agency or classification society. Such an authority will have certified the particular equipment as safe for use in a specified hazardous atmosphere.

SEAWORTHINESS 
CERTIFICATE

A certificate issued by a classification society surveyor allowing a vessel with a mishap affecting its seaworthiness to proceed to another port where permanent repairs can be carried out.

CERTIFICATE OF FITNESS

A certificate issued by a flag administration confirming that the structure, equipment, fittings, arrangements and materials used in the construction of a gas carrier are in compliance with the relevant Gas Code. Such certification may be issued on behalf of the administration by an approved classification society.

NK

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai - a Japanese classification society which certifies seagoing vessels for compliance to standardized rules regarding construction and maintenance.

CERTIFICATE OF CLASSIFICATION

A certificate, issued by the classification society and stating the class under which a vessel is registered.

LLOYDS REGISTER OF SHIPPING

Classification society, UK

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