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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The shipping industry welcomes IACS common structural rules

The Round Table of international maritime associations (BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO) have today wholeheartedly welcomed the announcement of the Council of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to provide common classification rules for newbuilding scantlings as a matter of priority.

The decision was made at the 47th meeting of the IACS Council on 16 June 2003 and agreed to consider first double sided bulk carriers and tankers, and then moving to other ship types. 

The Round Table also welcomed the IACS’s Council recognition of the value of using small groups to fast track the process, as well as the continued commitment to dialogue with the Industry. The Round Table members  have therefore advised their willingness to work with the IACS Working Groups to provide industry input in the preparation for IACS Common Structural Rules for tankers and bulk carriers.

The Round Table has frequently debated the need to ensure safe and robust designs for new ships and has led the initiative to establish tripartite discussion between shipowners, shipbuilders and classification societies. These included meetings last year in February in Singapore and in November in Shanghai.  At these meetings all parties, represented, acknowledged the value of discussion and sharing common concerns to promote higher quality ships. The next meeting will take place in Seoul in October this year.       

Click here for the Round Table press release of 18 November 2002 ‘Shipowners, shipbuilders and classification societies  in tripartite dialogue’ .

For further information, please contact :

Peter Grube
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Simon Bennett
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Rob Lomas
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Sally Woulfe
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