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The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) is an association of Classification Societies, founded on 11 September 1968 with headquarters in London, U.K.
IACS is dedicated to safe ships and clean seas and it makes a unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical support, compliance verification and research and development. More than 90% of the world’s cargo carrying tonnage is covered by the classification design, construction and through-life compliance Rules and standards set by the twelve Member Societies of IACS.
IACS establishes reviews, promotes and develops minimum technical requirements in relation to the design, construction, maintenance and survey of ships and other marine related facilities that are incorporated in IACS Member’s Rules and Regulations as minimum Classification requirements.
Also, IACS assists the international regulatory body IMO and other standards organisations to develop, implement and interpret statutory regulations and industry standards in ship design, construction and maintenance, with a view to improving safety at sea and the prevention of marine pollution.