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Classification societies

Traficom has concluded agreements on the survey of ships with certain recognized classification societies. The agreement contains a detailed account of which duties the classification societies are authorized to carry out.

Authorized classification societies

Traficom has concluded agreements on the delegation of statutory certification services for ships with the following classification societies:

  • American Bureau of Shipping
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Lloyd's Register
  • RINA Services S.p.A.
  • Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)
  • DNV

The agreements are identical.

Degree of authorization 

The classification societies may carry out surveys of ships registered in Finland in accordance with the SOLAS, MARPOL and Load Line Conventions and issue the relevant safety certificates. They may also approve all necessary ship documents and carry out ISM- and ISPS- audits. 

According to the agreement the classification societies are also authorized to survey ships not covered by the international conventions. In such cases, Traficom's consent is required. 

agreement and degree of authorization

Guidance notes and exchange of information

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