Ship Certificates

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Each classification society will issue only one "certificate of class" to a ship.

Each ship can have more than one "Certificate of Class"

Confused ? Don't worry !! I know the two statements looks contradicting to each other but these are not. Let me explain.

Each ship need

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

The survey for all the statutory certificate is done together as per harmonised system of  ship surveys and certifications

The survey that are done together as per HSSC are for following certificates

  • International oil pollution prevention certificate
  • International Air Pollution prev

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Let us first understand what are statutory certificates and what are mandatory certificates.

Statutory certificates are required by law. When we say LAW, SOLAS or MARPOL is not a law. It becomes law when SOLAS, MAPROL or any other convention is incorporated in the local laws of a country.

For exam

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

Load line certificate certifies that vessel complies with the loadline convention. Loadline convention basically limits the ships on the minimum freeboard it needs to maintain. The minimum freeboard required by the loadline convention is calculated by taking into account many factors including reser

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

There are certificates and plans that are required as per various IMO conventions. A list of these certificates and plans can be found on the IMO website by clicking here. Apart from these certificates, manuals and plans, there are few drawing and plans that are required as per the ship's classi

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal Master

There is one principle difference between Statutory certificates and Mandatory certificates.

Statutory certificates are required by law (Statute). Sailing a ship to the sea without any of these certificates will be like breaking the law.
Mandatory certificates are mandatory for a particular trade or f