Ship classification is a point of reference towards the safety and reliability of the ships. Its representation is done by class and then classification certificates are issued. There are ship classification companies in the UAE that have established rules associated with design and construction of ships, for assessing the structural strength of ships and reliability of on-board machinery. Ship classification services include approving the drawings, inspecting materials and equipments and conducting surveys during ship construction. For the larger and complicated ships, classification societies with the necessary technical skills can effectively inspect the ships. Since they have a competent network across the globe, they are efficient in conducting surveys of these ships.
In the Middle East, Tasneef is the first classification society that focuses on regulation of shipping industry with the aim of regulating medium-sized vessels, yachts and naval ships. 63 international classification organizations are there in the world and majorly, there are 12 classification societies. It is an initiative run by the government of the Emirates. The development of new classification societies in the UAE is a step in the right direction for the UAE shipping industry. The in-house system will provide better control on the regulations. Various guidelines are there to be followed related to pollution, marine environment and others. Tasneef has the objective of maintaining the safety standards for the ships and vessels. It offers classification services to verify the structural strength, integrity of ships, reliability of steering systems and regulation of steering system etc.
IACS stands for International Association of Classification Societies under which classification societies operate for conducting surveys and classifications of ships. The ships and boats in the UAE follow the guidelines and regulations set up by the classification societies. The UAE classification board, Tasneef, has made partnership with Rina services (which is a classification society under IACS) to support Tasneef development. Furthermore, Rina services provide support to Tasneef for meeting the classification and technical needs of the maritime industry in the UAE. It also supports Tasneef for carrying out certificate, international commercial shipping and the UAE flag.
Apart from providing certification and classifications services, the ship classification bodies also involve in consulting and industrial activities including training, auditing and owner-engineering etc. They have a wide network of qualified marine surveyors that operate in various survey stations all around the world. They conduct regular checks if the design and construction of ships abide by the construction related regulations or not. They also have sophisticated, powerful and effective IT tools for integrating all the elements used in the successful operation of ships. Varied classification services are provided by the ship classification companies that are cost effective and timely solutions. The ship classification solutions are made available by these companies for all ship types such as container ships, passenger ships, navy ships, oil & chemical tankers, inland navigation vessels, cargo ships, yachts, bulk carriers, offshore service vessels, dredgers, roll-off ships, fishing vessels and many more.
It is mandatory to get the classification and certification done for all the ships. Once the ship is registered for its authority and nationality, it can be travelled from one to the other country. For this purpose, there are many ship classification bodies offering services in the UAE to ship owners. Ships manufactured in the UAE must comply with the international regulations on environmental protection and safety as set by the classification societies. It is essential to classify and certify the ships that lead to the development as well as implementation of firm technical standards for protecting the life, environment and property. Various benefits of ship classification are available for the ship owners such as vessel conformity gets reassured, license to operate is received and cost-efficiency is increased through the concurrent surveys.