The 2010 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act amended 46 U.S.C. 3316(c). This statute requires that a Classification Society may not review, examine, survey, or certify the construction, repair, or alteration of a vessel in the United States unless it is:
1) Approved by the Coast Guard.
The following is quoted from the Act (with respect to the original language from the 2004 Authorization Act):
SEC. 622. Delegation of Authority
(b) REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF CLASSIFICATION SOCIETY REQUIRED-Section 3316 (c) of Title 46, United States Code, is amended by striking so much as precedes paragraph (2) and inserting the following:
“(c)(1) A classification society (including an employee or agent of that Society) may not review, examine, survey or certify the construction, repair or alteration of a vessel in the United States unless the society has applied for approval under this subsection and the Secretary has reviewed and approved that society with respect to the conduct of that society under paragraph (2)."
In order to provide Classification Societies with guidance on how they may apply for approval under this statute, the Coast Guard published a Notice of Policy in the Federal Register on November 2, 2004 (69 FR 63548). This Notice detailed the requirements that a Classification Society needs to meet in order to be approved in accordance with the statute. The Notice lists nine (9) specific items that should be included with each Classification Society's application. The Notice is available through the following link: Click Here
The following classification societies are full members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS):
- American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
- Bureau Veritas (BV)
- China Classification Society (CCS)
- Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
- Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
- Korean Register of Shipping (KRS)
- Lloyd's Register of Shipping (LR)
- Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK)
- Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)
- Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS)
- Further information may be obtained from the IACS website: Click Here
Approved Classification Societies
The following classification societies have submitted applications that have been reviewed in accordance with the Notice of Policy. The Coast Guard has determined that the following classification societies satisfy the requirements of 46 U.S.C. 3316(c)(2) and have been approved to review, examine, survey, or certify the construction, repair, or alteration of a vessel in the United States.
Classification Societies Not Approved
The following classifications societies are not approved to review, examine, survey, or certify the construction, repair, or alteration of a vessel of any flag in the United States.