Classification Societies

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Over the course of the next few months, the content of this site will expand rapidly.

Among the topics we aim to cover, are the governance structures of EU maritime law, inland waterway transport, rules applying to seafarers, trade regulations, security issues, port regulations and competion law.

The role of Classification Societies in the context of maritime safety is explained on the relevant European Commission web page.

Click here to see a list of organisations recognised on the basis of Council Directive 94/57/EC on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations and for relevant activities of maritime administrations.

International law

Please refer to our section on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS – SAR)

EU ratification

Please refer to our section on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS – SAR)

European law

Directive 2009/15/EC on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations and for the relevant activities of maritime administrations. Full text (PDF format)

Regulation (EC) No 391/2009 of 23.4.2009 on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations (Recast). Full text (PDF format)

Directive 94/57/EC of 22.11.1994 on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations and for the relevant activities of maritime administrations. Full text (PDF format)

Cases before the European Court of Justice (ECJ)

Case C-207/09, Commission v. Slovakia.

Case T‑312/08, Ellinikos Niognomon AE v. Commission, Order of 26.9.2008.

Case C-431/97, Commission v. Ireland, judgment of 15.9.1998.

Case C-368/97, Commission v. Belgium, judgment of 14.5.1998.

Case C-313/97, Commission v. Italy, judgment of 12.3.1998.

EMSA

More information on the assessment of Classification Societies can be found on the EMSA web site.

Statements of EU Institutions

Written Questions by Members of the European Parliament (rule 117)

Written Question E-7493/2010 by Georgios Koumoutsakos: “Prevention of possible adverse impact of ceasing to recognise the Greek marine classification society” with answer by Commissioner Kallas of 21.10.2010. Full text

Written Question E-3461/07 by Corien Wortmann-Kool: “Problems relating to certification of maritime sailing ships” with answer by Commissioner Barrot of 26.9.2007. Full text

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