IACS Group Agrees To Develop Additional Safety Standards

The Council of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has agreed to develop classification requirements that would augment the surveillance by the societies of items which recent investigations h^ve revealed to be potential sources of hazard or pollution.

Announcement of the agreement was made in the United States by a three-member delegation from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), which attended the recent 10th annual meeting of the IACS Council in Paris.

The ABS representatives were Charles J.L. Schoefer, executive vice president; William N. Johnston, senior vice president, and Ralston Hayden, assistant chief surveyor.

The IACS Council approved a number of unified requirements dealing mainly with materials for hull structure, machinery, tanker safety, and containers. The Council also approved several unified interpretations of the Load Line Convention, which will be recommended to governmental maritime authorities for adoption in the interest of uniform implementation of the Convention worldwide. In addition to ABS, the following ship classification societies were represented at the meeting: Bureau Veritas, Det norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, Lloyd's Register of Shipping, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, Polish Register of Shipping, Registro Italiano Navale, and the USSR Register of Shipping. The DDR-Schiffs-Revision und Klassifikation participated in the meeting as a representative of the Associates of IACS, and the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) was also represented.

Chairman of the meeting was G. Bourceau, managing director, Marine Departments, Bureau Veritas. The IACS Council will hold its next meeting in May 1978 in Paris. IACS was formed in 1968 to give the classification societies a unified voice for consultation and cooperation with IMCO and other national and international maritime organizations. In addition, IACS provides an effective means for the societies to discuss and resolve problems of mutual concern.

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