MARCH 11, 2016 — Classification society ClassNK, which has been authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry out statutory surveys for U.S.-flagged ships since 2011, has now been authorized to participate in the Alternate Compliance Program (ACP).
The ACP was developed as an alternative method for U.S.-flagged vessels to fulfill the regulatory requirements for construction and operation. Under the program, ClassNK can now carry out a wide range of surveys and inspections on U.S.-flagged vessels on behalf of the USCG.
USCG regulations require U.S.-flagged vessels to undergo onboard inspections by the USCG before a Certificate of Inspection (COI) can be issued. Under the ACP however, the USCG can now issue a COI to an NK-classed, U.S.-flagged vessel based upon reports from ClassNK without the need for duplicative inspections. This eases the financial and regulatory burden on shipowners while maintaining existing levels of safety.
"Owners of U.S.-flagged ships should be able to choose the classification society that best meets their needs. ClassNK's timely and high-quality services consistently garner praise from shipowners, yards, designers and operators worldwide. Through the ACP we will continue providing our US clients with best-in-class services and support them in maintaining compliant, competitive operations," says ClassNK's Regional Manager of North and Central America, Stewart Lee.
To be eligible to participate in the ACP, ClassNK satisfactorily performed a delegated function for two years from its first registration of a U.S.-flagged vessel and demonstrated its commitment to continuous quality and vigorous verification of each vessel's compliance with applicable standards.