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Maritime Regulatory Bodies

Course information

Target group:

Who the course is for: The course Maritime Regulatory Bodies is aimed at anyone interested in getting familiar with the organisation and work process of the most active maritime regulatory bodies, IMO, IACS and EMSA. This may include Ship Managers, Technical Superintendents, Ship Masters, Officers and Seafarers; Shipyards Technical Staff; Surveyors; P&I and/or Insurance Inspectors; Naval Architects; Etc.



This training course provides a general introduction to the most important maritime regulatory bodies: the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).


On completion of the training, students will be able to:

Understand the mission and structure of IMO, know the IMO requirements and the main International Conventions, and understand the process of acceptance, adoption and implementation of International Conventions.

Know the history of IACS and its mission, understand the IACS organization and the role of each entity, and know the main types of documents issued by IACS and how they are implemented.

Understand the European context, the role of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), and know the key points of the EU Regulation on common standards for ship inspection and survey organisations.


Module 1 – IMO

IMO Mission

IMO History

IMO Organisation

IMO Regulations

Implementation of IMO Regulations

IMO Technical Assistance

Module 2 – IACS

IACS History

IACS membership evolution and current members

Membership criteria

The mission of Classification Societies and what Classification Societies do not do

IACS aims

IACS values – Leadership, technical knowledge, quality performance, transparency

IACS Organisation

Work programme and work process

IACS Panels

IACS main documents

Module 3 – EMSA

The European context

EMSA purpose and mission

EMSA structure

Regulation (EC) No 391/2009 


On completion of the training program, the student will be awarded:

A Certificate of Maritime Regulatory Bodies, issued by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore.

The Certificate of Maritime Regulatory Bodies is obtained after completing the course and passing the online test.


Do you want more information about the course, or do you want to order?

Contact us at Tel: +47 24 15 55 55 , or send us an e-mail.

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