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PRESS RELEASE - 13 Jan 2017
13/01/2017

IACS 2017 Blue Book launched

The International Association of Classification Societies is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 edition of its IACS Blue Book.

The latest release of the Blue Book package continues to enhance IACS technical support to the shipping industry through our work and investment in technology, innovation, research and development both at the classification and statutory levels.

The Blue Book is an electronic library of technical resolutions adopted by IACS as a result of its technical work and provides an example of how the aims and objectives of the Association are delivered for the benefit of international shipping. It contains

  • IACS "Unified Requirements" which IACS members incorporate into their Rules
  • "Unified Interpretations" of IMO convention requirements which IACS Members apply uniformly when acting on behalf of authorizing flag Administrations, unless instructed otherwise
  • "Procedural Requirements" governing practices among IACS Members
  • "IACS Charter" and "IACS Procedures" which define the purpose, aim and working procedures of the Association
  • "Recommendations? relating to adopted resolutions that are not necessarily matters of Class but which IACS considers would be helpful to offer some advice to the marine industry
  • "UR - Unified Requirements Status" advising on implementation status
  • HF & TB for UR, UI, PR & Rec. containing the History and Technical Background files for the Unified Requirements, Unified Interpretations, Procedural Requirements and Recommendations
  • "Quality Documents" containing QSCS (IACS' Quality System Certification Scheme) description, Quality Management System Requirements, Audit Requirements, ACB (Accredited Certification Bodies) requirements and other quality procedures

The latest version of the Blue Book is available for downloading from the IACS website at www.iacs. org.uk/publications. Ship Designers, Consultants, Shipbuilders, Classification Societies, Ship-owners, Shipbrokers, Insurers, Associations, Accredited Certification Bodies, flag States, Port State Control, MOUs and the shipping industry at large are able to download the package free of charge at any time.


Contact: Robert Ashdown, IACS Secretary General
E: robertashdown@iacs.org.uk T: +44 (0) 20 7976 0660

Notes to Editors:
Dedicated to safe ships and clean seas, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) makes a unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical support, compliance verification and research and development. More than 90% of the world?s cargo carrying tonnage is covered by the classification design, construction and through-life compliance Rules and standards set by the twelve Member Societies of IACS. More information about IACS can be found by visiting www.iacs.org.uk.

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