The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry’s annual Classification Society Consultative Committee (CSCC) meeting was held on Wednesday, 9 October in Herndon, Virginia. Recognized Organizations (ROs) from all over the world were present totaling more than 23 Classification (Class) Society representatives and 23 RMI Registry representatives from 11 of the Registry’s 28 worldwide offices attended.
ROs act on behalf of the Administrator by providing plan approval, survey, and certification services that facilitate meeting the Administrator’s statutory obligations. All commercial vessels flagged with the RMI are required to be classed by an RO. A list of ROs is available here.
The meeting updated participants on RMI flag requirements and changes, provided additional insight on safety management system challenges of the world fleet, and noted the preparations for the upcoming International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) regulations and guidance related to emissions from ships. The meeting was also an opportunity to have an open discussion regarding processes, procedures, and operational protocols.
The annual CSCC meeting is one of many interactions with the Administrator’s ROs. One of the RMI Registry’s primary motivations is to help its clients navigate the many regulations and opportunities of the maritime industry while never losing sight of the need for strong service across all industry partners.