Trafi has renewed its agreements with authorised classification societies that survey ships. The new agreements and their ap-pendices entered into force on 1 January 2017. The new agree-ments delegate additional surveying and certification tasks to classification societies.
Classification societies can continue to perform all ship surveys and ISM audits, as well as authorising all vessel documents, such as safety plans, that require approval. For the time being, Trafi will continue to perform all ISPS surveys of vessels.
On the basis of surveys they have performed, classification societies can continue to issue vessels with safety certification in accordance with the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS) and the International Convention on Load Lines. No changes have been made to the issuance of safety certification under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1978 (MARPOL).
An amendment, which will enable the issuance of safety certification by classification societies in accordance with MARPOL, is pending and the annexes to each agreement will be updated after the legal amendment's entry into force.
The new classification society agreement takes account of the entry into force of the Polar Code, the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, and the Ship Recy-cling Regulation. It also takes account of the non-SOLAS Directive on safety rules and standards for passenger ships.
Subject to certain conditions, the new classification agreement will also enable authorised classification societies to survey ships not covered by international conventions.
The agreement and appendices can be found at www.trafi.fi/en/maritime/surveys/authorization_of_classification_societies
Since all agreements made with classification societies are identical, the number of delegated tasks is the same, no matter which classification society the shipowner is dealing with.
Trafi has agreements with the following classification societies:
• American Bureau of Shipping
• Bureau Veritas
• DNV GL AS
• Lloyd's Register
• Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)
• RINA Services S.p.A.
• Russian Maritime Register of Shipping
Trafi has also updated the national interpretations of the Convention, which can be found on Trafi’s website at www.trafi.fi/en/maritime/regulations/interpretations_of_the_solas_convention
Max Wilhelmson, Head of Unit, tel. +358 29 5347 076, max.wilhelmson(at)trafi.fi