Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading

IACS (International Association of Classification Societies)

An organisation in which the major classification societies, among others American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyd's Register of Shipping and Germanischer Lloyd, are joined, whose principal aim is the improvement of standards concerning safety at sea.

What is IACS (International Association of Classification Societies)?

The members of IACS are:

ABS American Bureau of Shipping

BV Bureau Veritas

CCS China Classification Society

DNV Det Norske Veritas

GL Germanischer Lloyd

KR Korean Register of Shipping

LR Lloyd's Register

NK Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)

RINA Registro Italiano Navale

RS Russian Maritime Register of Shipping