Regulatory Agencies


American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

ABS Type Approval Program

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

US Coast Guard  - Including link to "Regulations Information"  ==> CFR Title 46 Shipping (e.g. Subchapters S & T are in Parts 166-199 of CFR 46)

International Standards Organization  (See ICS Field 47 for Shipbuilding and Marine Structures [includes small craft])  For small craft, you can get a list and order standards (including those under development) from ABYC at (410) 956-1050

PDES, Inc. PDES/STEP For Ships

    AP 215 - Ship Arrangement

    AP 216 - Ship Molded Forms

    AP 217 - Ship Piping

    AP 218 - Ship Structures

    AP 226 - Ship Mechanical Systems

European Marine STEP Association (EMSA)  (Ship AP Information)

Canadian Coast Guard

Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL)

American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)

Baltic International Maritime Council (BIMCO)

Bureau Veritas

Det Norske Veritas (DNV)

Lloyds Register - UK

Germanischer Lloyd - Germany

International Association of Classification Societies - UK

Polski Rejestr Statkow - PRS

Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)

China Classification Society

ClassNK Ship Classification - Japan

Korean Register of Shipping

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