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The Classification Societies appear in the middles of XVII Century, due to the needed of the Ship Owners, Ship Builders, Governments and Insurances Companies after the quickly development of the Maritime and Navigation Industry.

The Classification Societies are specializated organizations with the only objective of certify and verify the different aspects during the construction of a ship. This mission is carried out through the Classification Rules that are a resume of different regulations that are periodically reviewed and updated.

The mission of the Classification Societies has 4 stages as follows:

Verification of the Ship’s global design.

Certification of the quality of the materials and equipment used in the Ship Building.

Supervision during Construction Supervision during the work life of the Ship “Royal Bureau of Shipping” (RB Class) is a Classification Society registered in Ukraine, established in 1983. Its world technical head office is based in Odessa, Ukraine.

Classification activity consists, principally, in the development and issue of the classification Rules.

The Rules, taking into account the applicable provisions of international conventions, specify technical requirements which ensure:

The ship’s strength and, where necessary, the watertight integrity of all elements of the ship’s hull and its superstructures, adequate level of safety and reliability of the propulsion and auxiliary machinery essential to ensure that the ship is fit for its intended service. Furthermore, by performing classification survey of different types of floating units under construction and/or in service, RB Class verifies the implementation of the Rules requirements. BR Class conducts also classification survey of refrigerating plants under construction or in service, after installation on board. A ship built according to the Rules is assigned RB class, which is entered in the Register Book and the ship’s classification documents. “Classification Regulations”, which are part of the Rules, determine the scope and system of surveys of ships in service, carried out by RB Surveyors in order to ascertain the ship’s compliance with the requirements of the Rules.

We pledge to monitor our performance as an on-going activity and to strive for continuous improvement.


RBS will thoroughly check ship’s plan, manuals and booklets having the corresponding IMO Regulations as a reference and will propose amendments, corrections or updated if applicable, for final approval.

Ship Managers Technical Departments are under continuous stress and scheduled datelines due to the commercial pressure of today’s shipping business. There are constant changes and new IMO Regulations difficult to be tracked on a daily basis in order to update your whole fleet mandatory technical manuals and booklets.

RBS will provide guidance on latest regulatory developments in order to avoid your fleet to be carrying old dated non-compliant documents.

RBS is authorized to approve the following manuals and plans of the Maritime Authorities we represent:

  • Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP)
  • Cargo Securing Manual (CSM)
  • Fire Control and Safety Plan (FCP)
  • Damage Control Plan (DC)
  • Stability Booklet (SB)
  • Ship Security plan (SSP)

RBS can help in the obtainment of the following documents that are issued by the Administrations we represent:

Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR): upon ship’s entry into the registry, to amend the existing one or to obtain one upon cancellation from registry.

Authorizations: for Ship urging an approval by the Administration on a outstanding conditions condition to be solved in a next port of call.

Exemptions: of items to be exempted as permitted by IMO regulations under certain conditions.

Extensions: of validity of a certificate as permitted by IMO regulations due unforeseeable reasons.

Minimum Safe Manning Certificate (MSMC): when obtaining the first one after registering the ship on amendment of the existing one.

Single Voyage Permit: to allow a voyage under special conditions.

Crew Dispensations: for special conditions to be allowed on board under ILO regulations.

Declaration of Company Security Officer (CSO): formal declaration of Company and DPA to the Administration as per ISM Code.

Re-Issuance of Certificates: Such as Tonnage, ISSC, CSR, MSMC, due to damage o loss.

Our diligent Staff will guide you for expedite obtainment of the above documents.