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Port State Control Division (CG-CVC-2)

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USCG interpretation of IMO instruments regarding the carriage of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) aboard certain types of vessels. Questions can be directed to the Coast Guard's Hazardous Materials Division (CG-ENG-5) at 202-372-1420. 
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Background

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

 

IACS Members
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. Contact information is available on the Foreign & Offshore Compliance Division (CG-CVC-2) website. Click Here 

Classification Society Date of Approval
Bulgarski Koraben Register (BKR) Sep. 1, 2005
China Corporation Register of Shipping (CR) Dec. 30, 2004
Hellenic Register of Shipping (HRS) Jan. 11, 2005
Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) Jan. 27, 2005
International Naval Surveys Bureau (INSB) Feb. 24, 2006
Isthmus Bureau of Shipping (IBS) Dec. 12, 2014

Polski Rejestr Statkow (PRS)

Jan. 11, 2005


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. Contact information is available on the Foreign & Offshore Compliance Division (CG-CVC-2) website at: Click Here 

Classification Society Disapproved
Croatian Register of Shipping Jan. 4, 2006
Cyprus Bureau of Shipping/ INCLAMAR Nov. 8, 2005
Horizon International Naval Surveying and Inspection Bureau (HINSIB) Aug. 4, 2005
International Register of Shipping (IROS) Mar. 22, 2011
Panama Bureau of Shipping (PBS) Mar. XX, 2006
Panama Maritime Group (PMG) Nov. 8, 2005
Panama Register Corporation (PRC) Mar. 27, 2006

Panama Shipping Register (PSR)

Nov. 8, 2005

 

In developing its risk assessment methodology, the Coast Guard first recognized that three entities directly influence a vessel's operational condition and compliance with international safety and environmental protection standards. These entities are: 1) Ship Management, 2) Classification societies and 3) Flag States. If any of these entities fail to fully undertake its responsibilities for a ship's safe operation, then the ship is likely to be considered a substandard vessel by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard's previous experience with a particular ship provides another indication of whether or not that vessel poses an unacceptable risk. In addition, ship type and ship age are good indicators of the risk a particular ship may pose to a port.

The Port State Control Safety and Environmental Protection Compliance Targeting Matrix enables the Coast Guard to rationally and systematically determine the probable risk posed by non-U.S. ships calling at U.S. ports. The matrix is used to decide which ships Port State Control Officers should examine on any given day, in any given port. Targeting points are assigned in each of the five columns and then summed for a total point score. This numerical score, along with other performance based factors, determines a ship's priority for examination.