IACS produces a range of documentation to help
promote consistency throughout the member
societies. This area provides access to technical
resolutions produced by IACS.
Note to Classification Societies which are not Members of IACS
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Notwithstanding the intellectual property rights held by IACS Members in IACS' URs and the related TB information, all classification societies are free to use the URs (including CSR) by effectively embedding them into their own published rules. Classification societies are also at liberty to enter into any agreement with any IACS member in relation to the provision of further information or assistance.
In the event that any classification society decides to embed IACS' requirements into its own rules, it will be the responsibility of that classification society to verify the contents and the application of those requirements. The classification society's right to incorporate IACS' requirements into its own rules implies no representation by IACS or its Members that the classification society in question is operating in compliance with those requirements. IACS and IACS' Members accept no liability (in contract, tort or otherwise) for any defect or deficiency in IACS' unified requirements and the related information or for any resulting damage.
The Procedure governing applications for confirmation by IACS that an entity is a classification society is explained in IACS' Procedures Volume 2, Section C.
Users may wish to download the January 2016 version of the IACS Blue Book which contains amendments to IACS Resolutions in addition to the current issues of resolutions.
How to download and use:
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PART A: ZIP file
Due to the large file size the ZIP file will take some time to download depending on your internet connection speed. Below is a table to give you some idea how long this may take, these times can obviously vary due to fluctuations in connections.
|File Size||Transfer Speed||Time to download|
|858 Mb||512 Kbps||3 hrs 54 mins|
|1.544 Mbps T1/DS1||1 hr 18 mins|
|10 Mbps Thin Ethernet||13 mins|
|44 Mbps T3/DS3||2 mins 41 secs|
|100 Mbps Fast Ethernet||1 min 12 secs|
Depending on transfer speed at your location and assuming large data transfer taking place during working hours, it is recommended that you commence downloading of the Blue Book package zipped file before you go to lunch in locations where your transfer speeds are fast to very fast. In locations where the speeds are medium to slow, it is recommenced the download of the relevant file is carried out after office hours or overnight.
To assist you with this activity we have included a table above showing time taken to download for various transfer speeds.
Please note, once the file is downloaded to desktop or laptop, there is no need for internet connection as all files will reside on the local disk and there will not be a need for downloading any further files until the next revision (circa a year's time).
Click on the link here and choose to save it http://www.iacs.org.uk/document/public/Publications/BBJan16.zip (858Mb)
Using a program such as WinZip or WinRAR extract the folders and files contained within to your own computer or tablet
To view the Portable Document Format (PDF) files you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader or Exchange installed on your system.
If not already installed on your system, please install the Adobe Acrobat Reader software from the Adobe website (www.adobe.com) or App Store/Marketplace etc.
After installing Adobe Acrobat Reader, open the file entitled "Welcome.pdf" to begin to view the IACS Blue Books. Then follow the links as required.
PART B: Perform "Search" command using the index
The Blue Book has been indexed as follows:
(1) complete indexing
This is to help the users find a word throughout the Blue Book. If you want to search the documents containing a specific word in all IACS Resolutions, please use the index named "index.pdx".
(2) You may be asked to choose where you would like to search. Select "In the index named index.pdx".