The only EU classification society working with Iran to receive warning - EU official
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 25 /Trend S.Isayev, D. Khatinoglu/
There is only one EU classification society working with Iran right now will be receiving a warning from United Nations Sanctions Committee to stop inspecting Iranian ships, a EU official anonymously told Trend.
The official noted that the EU classification society working with Iran will be receiving a warning in 1-1,5 months. Without verification from such bodies, ships are unable to call at international ports.
A classification society is a non-governmental organization that establishes and maintains technical standards for the construction and operation of ships and offshore structures.
The society also validates that construction is according to these standards and carry out regular surveys in service to ensure compliance with the standards.
Classification societies set technical rules, confirm that designs and calculations meet these rules, survey ships and structures during the process of construction and commissioning, and periodically survey vessels to ensure that they continue to meet the rules.
Classification societies are also responsible for classing oil platforms, other offshore structures, and submarines. This survey process covers diesel engines, important shipboard pumps and other vital machinery.
Classification surveyors inspect ships to make sure that the ship, its components and machinery are built and maintained according to the standards required for their class.
The U.S. and European sanctions against the Islamic republic continue to tighten, as other classification societies have been warned about doing business with Iran.
In June, Reuters reported a South Korean ship classification society facing pressure from a U.S. lobby group to stop verifying safety and environmental standards for Iran's biggest shipping companies.
Regarding another The China Ship Classification Society - another Asian organization of the same sphere - it said it did not class Iranian tankers.
Tehran has faced a series of blows in recent weeks with the exodus of other top classifiers such as Britain's Lloyd's Register and Norway's Det Norske Veritas.