The mission of classification societies is to contribute to the development and implementation of technical standards for the protection of life, property and the environment.
Classification societies establish and apply technical requirements for the design, construction and survey of marine-related facilities, principally ships and offshore structures. These requirements are published as classification rules. Classification Societies maintain significant research departments that participate in the on-going development of technical safety standards.
Classification societies may also act as Recognised Organisations for Flag States, verifying the ship’s compliance with international and/or national statutory regulations.