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Rules R & D

China Classification Society (CCS) is the only specialized organization in China to provide classification and survey services for ships and a full member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). China Classification Society develops rules for classification of ships and offshore installations and meanwhile, as entrusted by the Maritime Safety Administration of the Ministry of Transport, develops statutory technical regulations for ships and offshore installations. China Classification Society establishes internal R&D institutes such as Rules & Technology Center (Shanghai Rules & Research Institute), Wuhan Rules & Research Institute, Offshore Engineering Technology Center and Technology Research & Development Center.

Since the establishment of the Society, China Classification Society gradually has formed a series of systems of rules and regulations for sea-going ships, inland waterways ships, mobile offshore drilling ships, fixed offshore platforms and containers of China through researches on advanced international technology standards and accumulation of experience in plan approval and survey. Systems of rules and guidelines for ships, covering high-tech ship types such as VLCC, ULCS, VLOC, membrane tank LNG carriers and large car carrier, supported the development of China’s ship industry and promoted the safety of water transportation.

China Classification Society has exerted every effort to conduct technological breakthrough of key technology of large and high-tech ship types, key technology of offshore engineering, green ship technology and application of new energy and released the world’s first Rules for Green Ships, Rules for Intelligent Ships and Guidelines for Application of LNG Carrier Used as Floating Storage Units. Structural rules for bulk carriers and oil tankers passed Goal-based Ship Construction Standards (GBS) audit of the International Maritime Organization without deficiencies and the audit result was the best among IACS members. Researches on key technologies of VLCC, ULCS, VLOC, membrane tank LNG carriers, mobile platforms and floating units have achieved fruitful results and reached international leading or advanced level and a large number of large, high-performance, high value-added ships and mobile offshore platforms are classed with CCS. The rules and standards system and technical service capability of China Classification Society are widely accepted by international and domestic industries.

China Classification Society continuously promotes its influence in international maritime industry and provides strong technical support for the Chinese government to engage in international maritime affairs, safeguard national maritime rights and interests and support the development of relevant industries. China Classification Society takes an active part in development of international maritime technical standards and the number of submissions from China Classification Society to IMO accounts for more than half of the Chinese submissions. China Classification Society has also played an important role in the development of international maritime technical standards such as Ballast Water Convention, Hong Kong Convention, Common Structural Rules for Oil Tankers and Bulk Carriers, Energy Efficiency Design Index for new ships, Code on Noise Level onboard Ship, Polar Code, International Fuel Gas Code and non-asbestos threshold value, safeguarded the interests of the country and relevant industries and made great contribution to the development of international maritime technology.

Facing the future, China Classification Society will continuously promote capabilities of technological innovation and leading of development, completely form the science and technology system with strong capability of independent innovation, high level of rules and standards, and professional assessment and test and practice the service aim of “Safe, environment friendly, create values for clients and the society”.

Contact for daily technical support service:

Sea-going ships:  Shanghai Rules & Research Institute    ccssr@ccs.org.cn  021-61089200
Inland waterways ships: Wuhan Rules & Research Institute     ccswra@ccs.org.cn  027-85822350
Offshore engineering:  Offshore Engineering Technology Center  ot@ccs.org.cn 022-62022888