Maritime safety is a key aspect of offshore practice. In order to avoid disasters and maintain crew and environmental safety, it is mandatory to perform certain routine checks to verify the integrity of marine facilities such as vessels, on a scheduled basis.
Classification societies act as regulatory bodies for these standard checks. They are responsible for controlling standards on behalf of insurers and they also control functions on behalf of the flag state.
In other words, classification societies carry out fair standards-based assessments of the integrity of marine vessels, with all stakeholders’ interests in mind. Such classification societies include DNV-GL, Lloyd’s Register, ABS, Bureau Veritas, etc.
Traditionally, these vessels are expected to dry-dock for inspection. A typical dry-docking process entails taking the ship to a shipyard for servicing operations.