It should be noted that, in cases of class transfer from the non-IACS member society, specific requirements should be applied that differ from those mentioned below. 1. If legal certificates are issued directly by the Flag State Administration, they remain valid when the class is handed over and the entire process is limited to class affairs. 2. If legal certificates have been issued by the former classification company as a member of the IACS on behalf of the Flag State Administration and are still valid, these certificates are accepted by the IRS. In most cases, we can combine a transfer with normal investigation requirements, minimizing your operating costs and interruptions. The best time to start the class change process is when some or all class and law polls are due. Compliance with this rule automatically avoids the additional costs resulting from the unscheduled removal of the vessel from the trade or of this type. If you plan to join us as a class partner, we make the transfer process as simple and fluid as possible. To find out how we can help you with class access requirements, please contact IRS headquarters directly as follows: effective July 1, the International Association of Classification Societies (IA-CS) has introduced new measures that increase transparency between classification companies when ships are transferred from one to another. The new rules are included in a review of the transfer of class agreements (TOCA) and were formulated following the sinking of the Erika, which has become a turning point for many aspects of the class procedure and regulatory compliance requirements. In a press release issued last Thursday by the SIGC, it was acknowledged that most vessels that transfer the class are not underestimated, but noted that the measures were one of the most important contributions of the GCSE to the fight against non-standardized tonnage. The TOCA review contains a number of enhanced requirements, the most important being the requirement for all members of the association to provide classification historians in the class transmission process.
“Under the new TOCA regime, the “winning company” has the right to access the full classification history of the vessel, and the company that “loses” the vessel (as well as the previous companies, if so), has a duty to ensure that the entire existing class history is made available. The main information that will be examined as part of the Survey Record review survey includes the results of steel thickness measurements. The new TOCA will overcome this situation,” said Robin Bradley, Permanent Secretary of IACS.