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Surveys, Verifications and Certification

 Surveys, Verifications and Certification

All ships must be surveyed and verified by officers of the flag State Administrations or Recognizing organizations (ROs)/surveyors nominated for the purpose in order to be issued certificates which establish their compliances with the requirements of IMO instruments, such as the Conventions of SOLAS, MARPOL, Load Lines, Tonnage  and so on.



·      A.883(21) on Global and uniform implementation of the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC)
·      A.1053(27) on Survey guidelines under the Harmonized System on Survey and Certification (HSSC), 2011, as may be amended
·      A.744(18) on Guidelines on the enhanced programme of inspections during survey of bulk carriers and oil tankers, as amended (to be superseded by A.1049(27))
·      A.1049(27) on International Code on the enhanced programme of inspections during surveys of bulk carriers and oil tankers, 2011 (2011 ESP Code)
·      A.794(19) on Surveys and inspections of ro-ro passenger ships
·      A.1022(26) on Guidelines on the implementation of the international Safety Management (ISM) Code by Administrations  


Certificates to be carried on board ships are listed in FAL.2/Circ.123-MEPC.1/Circ.769-MSC.1/Circ.1409, which was issued on 28 September 2011 and subject to update. 

They include (some dependent on type of ship):

  • International Tonnage Certificate;
  • International Load Line Certificate;
  • Passenger Ship Safety Certificate;
  • Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate;
  • Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate;
  • Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate
  • Cargo Ship Safety Certificate
  • Safety Management Certificate
  • International Ship Security Certificate
  • Stability Information;
  • Damage Control Information;
  • Cargo Securing Manual
  • Minimum safe manning document;
  • Certificates for masters, officers or ratings;
  • International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate;
  • International Certificate for the Carriage of Noxious Liquid Substances;
  • International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate;
  • International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate;
  • International Anti-fouling System Certificate;
  • Oil Record Book;
  • Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan;
  • Garbage Management Plan;
  • Garbage Record Book; and so on.

The certificates, which are issued by the officers of flag State Administrations or ROs/nominated surveyors authorized for the purpose, are subject to inspection by port State control officers.


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