Trafi has revised the authorisation agreements concluded with classification societies

5/8/14, 12:00 PM

In late 2013 Trafi revised the authorisation agreement that delegates ship survey duties that would ordinarily be the responsibility of the flag state to seven EU-recognised classification societies (EU Recognised Organisations). In the revised agreement the classification societies were entrusted with a range of additional survey and certification duties.

In this context an authorisation agreement was concluded for the first time with the Japanese classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK).

The last of the seven agreements entered into force on 1 April 2014. It was concluded with DNV GL AS, a classification society that was created through a merger of the classification societies Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd.

All Finnish shipowners can now use the services of any of the classification societies listed below in the survey and classification of their ships.

All classification societies carry out the same duties

The classification societies authorised by Trafi are:

  • Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Lloyd’s Register (LR)
  • RINA S.p.A (Rina)
  • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS)
  • Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)

The wording of the agreement concluded with each classification society is identical, and thus the number of delegated duties is the same regardless of which classification society the shipowner deals with.

Further information:
Juha-Matti Korsi, Director, Inspections Department, tel. +358 29 534 6437, juha.korsi(at)