Classification Societies and Shipping Registries

Classification Society, Shipping Register

Classification Societies and Shipping Registries

-The classification societies are responsible for classifying ships. A ship must be classified before it can sail for the merchant navy and before it can be insured along with its cargo.

-A classification society is a non-governmental organization that establishes and maintains technical standards for the construction and operation of ships and offshore structures. The society will also validate that construction is according to these standards and carry out regular surveys in service to ensure compliance with the standards.

List of Classification Societies

Name Abbr Date Head office IACS EMSA
Lloyd’s Register of Shipping LR 1760 London x x
Bureau Veritas BV 1828 Paris x x
Registro Italiano Navale RINA 1861 Genoa x x
American Bureau of Shipping ABS 1862 Houston x x
Det Norske Veritas DNV 1864 Oslo x x
Germanischer Lloyd GL 1867 Hamburg x x
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai NKK 1899 Tokyo x x
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping RS 1913 Saint Petersburg x x
Hellenic Register of Shipping HR 1919 Piraeus x
Polish Register of Shipping PRS 1936 Gdansk x
Croatian Register of Shipping CRS 1949 Split
China Corporation Register of Shipping CR 1951 Taipei
China Classification Society CCS 1956 Beijing x x
Korean Register of Shipping KR 1960 Daejeon x x
Turk Loydu TL 1962 Istanbul
Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia BKI 1964 Jakarta
Registo Internacional Naval RINAVE 1973 Lisbon x
Indian Register of Shipping IRS 1975 Mumbai x
International Naval Surveys Bureau INSB 1977 Piraeus
Asia Classification Society ACS 1980 Tehran
Brazilian Register of Shipping RBNA 1982 Rio de Janeiro
International Register of Shipping IROS 1993 Miami
Ships Classification Malaysia SCM 1994 Shah Alam
Dromon Bureau of Shipping DBS 2003
Iranian Classification Society ICS 2007 Tehran

Largest Classification Society By tanker

American Bureau of Shipping (USA):

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Bureau Veritas (FRANCE):

China Classification Society (CHINA):

Det Norske Veritas (NORWAY):

Germanischer Lloyd (GERMANY):


Hellenic Register of Shipping (HELLAS):

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Croatian Register of Shipping

International Register of Shipping:

International Shipping Bureau:

Korean Register of Shipping (KOREAN):

Lloyd’s Register (GREAT BRITAIN):

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Marshall Islands Ship and Corporate Registry:

NK – Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (JAPAN):

Panama Canal Registry:

Polish Register (POLAND):

Registro Italiano Navale (ITALY):


Russian Maritime Register of Shipping

Isle Of Man Ship Registry:

Turk Loyd Foundation:

International Maritine Organization (IMO):


International Labour Organization (ILO):–en/index.htm

International Salvage Union (ISU):

International Transport Workers Federation (ITF):



Caribbean MOU:

Black Sea MOU:

Indian Ocean MOU:

Latin American Agreement:

Mediterranean MOU:

Paris MOU:

Tokyo MOU:

Panama Canal Commission:

Piraeus Port authority:

Suez Canal:

US Coast Guard: