Twelve classification societies on Tuesday signed a new agreement with the Republic of Cyprus for providing inspection and certification services for Cyprus vessels.
The signing ceremony took place in Limassol, in the presence of Shipping Deputy Minister Natasa Pilides, who highlighted the role of these societies in establishing and maintaining all the technical standards for the operation of ships in Cyprus fleet and of the quality of the Cyprus flag.
She explained that the agreement provides for checks so that the ships can be issued new electronic certificates, adding that the government has also upgraded its procedures and therefore new processes are now in place.
Pilides praised the presence of several representatives of internationally recognised organisations, saying that we are particularly honored with the importance they attach to this agreement and to the Cyprus flag.
As it is stated in a press release, the signing of the new agreement, which replaces a previous agreement of 2005, became necessary due to developments in maritime legislation, but also because of the need to incorporate more flexible and technologically advanced cooperation procedures, using electronic services and certificates.
It is noted that, in addition to the ten societies that participated in the previous agreement, the new agreement includes, for the first time, classification societies from Croatia and India.
All 12 societies are recognized by the European Union:
-American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
-Bureau Veritas SA - (BV)
-China Classification Society (CCS)
-Croatian Register of Shipping (CRS)
-DNV GL AS
-KR (Korean Register)
-Indian Register of Shipping (IRCLASS)
-Lloyd`s Register Group LTD (LR)
-Nippon Kaiji Kyokai General Incorporated Foundation (ClassNK)
-Polish Register of Shipping (PRS)
-RINA Services S.p.A.
-Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS)