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Class Certificates

AP Class SERVICES performs verifications at the time of construction and throughout a vessel's service life, based on a satisfactory document review and periodical surveys of the vessel, when delegated for these purposes by a Flag Administration.

We issue the following SOLAS certificates:

  • International Bulk Chemical Certificate
  • International Certificate for Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk
  • High Speed Craft Safety Certificate
  • Safety Construction Certificate
  • Safety Equipment Certificate
  • Safety Radio Certificate
  • Passenger Ship Safety Certificate
  • Document of Compliance for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods.

Approach us for any of these / all of these

  • International Tonnage Certificate (1969).
  • International Load Line Certificate
  • International Load Line Exemption Certificate
  • Coating Technical File
  • Construction drawings
  • Ship Construction File
  • Intact stability booklet
  • Damage control plans and booklets
  • Minimum safe manning document
  • Fire safety training manual
  • Fire control plan/booklet
  • Onboard training and drill record
  • Fire safety operational booklet
  • Maintenance plans
  • Training manual
  • Nautical charts and nautical publications
  • International Code of signals and copy of Volume III of IAMSAR Manual
  • Records of navigational activities
  • Manoeuvring booklet
  • Certificates for masters, officers or ratings
  • Record of hours of rest
  • International oil pollution prevention certificate
  • Oil record book
  • Shipboard oil pollution emergency plan
  • International sewage pollution prevention certificate
  • Garbage management plan
  • Garbage record book
  • Voyage data recorder system-certificate of compliance
  • Cargo securing manual
  • Document of compliance (DOC)
  • Safety management certificate (SMC)
  • International ships security certificate (ISSC) or Interim international ship security certificate
  • Ship security plan and associated records
  • Continuous synopsis record (CSR)
  • International Anti-fouling system certificate
  • Declaration of Anti-fouling system
  • International air pollution prevention certificate
  • Ozone depleting substances record book
  • Fuel oil changeover procedure and log book (Record of fuel changeover)
  • Manufacturer’s operating manual for incinerators

In accordance with the ISM Code and upon satisfactorily results, AP Class SERVICES issues two statutory certificates:

  • DOC (Document of Compliance), to be issued to the Company
  • SMC (Safety Management Certificate), to be issued to each individual ship.

The ISM certification procedure consists of the following steps.

For the Company: Document of Compliance (DOC):

  • review of Safety Management System documentation
  • interim audit for issuance of interim DOC (valid one year)
  • initial audit and issuance of full term DOC (valid five years)
  • after the full term certificate issuance, 4 annual audits and DOC renewal audit after 5 years.

For the Ship: Safety Management Certificate (SMC):

  • after DOC issuance to the company, Interim audit for issuance of interim SMC, valid six months
  • initial audit and issuance of full term SMC (valid five years)
  • intermediate audit follows 3rd year of the certification period

SMC renewal after 5 years.


Which is the ISM range of applicability?
ISM is provided to companies operating ships engaged on international voyages, such as: passenger ships, including high-speed passenger crafts; oil tankers, chemical tankers, gas carriers, bulk carriers and cargo high-speed craft of 500 gross tonnage and upwards; other cargo ships and mobile (self-propelled) offshore drilling units of 500 gross tonnage and upwards.

What about harmonization of ISM, ISPS and other management systems certification?
AP Class SERVICES offers also ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001?? and ISO 50001 certifications??, and may plan on a customized basis a suitable audits scheduling in a best practice view.

Is it possible for a multi-flagged Company to be certified?
Yes, the DOC will be issued by agreement among the Flag Administrations involved.



The Maritime Labour Convention was adopted at the February 2006 Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN agency devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.
In line with the (ILO) motto ‘TO ENSURE DECENT SEAFARERS’ WORKING AND LIVING CONDITIONS’, the MlC 2006 sets out seafarers' rights to decent conditions of work and helps to create conditions of fair competition for shipowners.
The MLC Convention entered into force on August, 20th 2013.

The Convention is split into three parts – Articles, Regulations and the Code (Part A and B). The Code details provisions of the Convention and contains two parts – mandatory Part A and advisory Part B.

The provisions cover five working Titles (dictating minimum standards):

  • Title 1. Minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship
  • Title 2. Conditions of Employment
  • Title 3. Accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering
  • Title 4. Health protection, medical care, welfare and social security
  • Title 5. Compliance and enforcement.




nternational Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) aims to prevent and minimize pollution from ships, both accidental pollution and that from routine operations. It was adopted on 2 November 1973 at IMO, and later updated in 1978 after several severe tanker accidents.

It applies to:

  • all ships flying the flag of a State member of the Convention or operating within its jurisdiction
  • vessels of any type operating in the marine environment including hydrofoil boats, air-cushion vehicles, submersible, floating craft and fixed or floating platforms.


MARPOL 73/78 has actually six technical Annexes, each addressing a potential source of pollution from ships:

  • Annex I - Oil pollution (crude oil, fuel oil)
  • Annex II – Noxious liquid substances carried in bulk pollution
  • Annex III – Harmful substances carried in packaged form pollution
  • Annex IV – Sewage pollution
  • Annex V – Garbage pollution
  • Annex VI – Air pollution (Ozone Depleting Substances, Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Sulphur Oxides (SOx), Volatile Organic Compounds).




  • Access Marine Member Area to download AP Class Rules

?Entered in force on 1st July 2004 (SOLAS Chap. XI-2), the ISPS Code is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities.
Its objectives are to determine which security measures are appropriate and to provide a standardized, consistent framework for evaluating risk, through determination of right security levels and corresponding security measures.

ISPS Code applies to the following oceangoing ships:

  • passenger ships, including high-speed passenger craft
  • cargo ships, including high-speed craft, of 500 gross tonnage and upwards
  • mobile offshore drilling units.

ISPS Code has two parts, one mandatory (Part A) and one recommendatory (Part B).


The ISPS Code takes the approach that ensuring the security of ships and port facilities is a risk management activity. To determine what security measures are appropriate, an assessment of the risks must be made in each particular case.

AP Class SERVICES is recognized by about 100 Flags, with a worldwide network and high skilled auditors able to find out and identify the best suitable solutions for improving the weaker areas and preventing gaps, if any. We can perform ISPS certification also for ships not classed with AP Class SERVICES.

The ISPS certification procedure consists of the following steps:

  • Ship Security Assessment (SSA) and Ship Security Plan (SSP) submitted to AP Class for review and approval
  • interim verification on board and issue of an interim International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) valid six months
  • initial verification on board, within interim expiring date, and issue of the full term ISSC – International Ship Security Certificate, valid for 5 years
  • intermediate verification during 3rd year of the certification period
  • ISSC renewal required after 5 years.


What is a SSA – Ship Security Assessment more in detail?
It is a basic part of the process to be carried out by appropriate skilled personnel and it shall include at least:

  • an on-scene security survey
  • identification of existing security measures, procedures and operations
  • identification and evaluation of key ship board operations to be protected
  • identification of possible threats to the key ship board operations, so to prioritize security measures
  • identification of weaknesses, including human factors, policies and procedures.

Is it possible to carry out ISPS an ISM audits at the same time?
Yes, AP Class SERVICES can arrange to send one of more auditors qualified for both certifications and perform the two audits during the same intervention.

What about harmonization of ISPS, ISM and other management systems certification?
AP Class SERVICES offers also ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001?? and ISO 50001 certifications and may plan on a customized basis a suitable audits scheduling in a best practice view.

Are specific training courses available?
Yes, training courses to qualify ISPS personnel are supplied by AP Class Academy. Please contact us for courses calendars or to arrange a tailored made course for your personnel.