Through the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Maritime Flag Administrations have established International Conventions containing regulations for safeguarding life and property at sea and preventing pollution of the natural environment.
IMB Class is in process to be authorized by number of Flag Administrations, to act on their behalf for the conduct of statutory surveys and certification in accordance with the IMO international conventions and codes, as well as with national requirements pertaining to ship safety and for the prevention of marine pollution.
Some of the major conventions and codes are:
- International Convention on Load Lines.
- International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).
- International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).
- Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREG).
- International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships (TONNAGE).
- International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) code.
- The International Maritime Dangerous Goods CODE (IMDG)
- International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code).
- International Ship & Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code)
- Maritime Labour Convention (MLC Convention).
- International Convention for the control and management of ship’s ballast water and sediment (BWM Convention)
Continues compliance with specified requirements is supervised by IMB through periodical inspections and surveys and is confirmed with the issue of the appropriate certificate.
Flag State Recognitions
IMB is recognized as a Classification Society by Governments (Flag States).
Authorization has been delegated for the performance of statutory functions, such as ship surveys, approvals and certification services by the Governments of the Countries listed below.
These authorizations are based on the rules, regulations and requirements stipulated by the IMO International Conventions including Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974 as amended, the International Convention on Load Lines 1966, and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973/78.
The below table indicates a summary of the main authorizations.
The following types of authorizations/ approvals
F: Full authorization to perform plan review, carry out surveys and issue and/or revoke necessary interim and full term certificates.
E: Certificate issued exclusively by the flag Administration