The International Association of Classification Societies is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 edition of its IACS Blue Book.


The latest release of the Blue Book package continues to enhance IACS technical support to the shipping industry through our work and investment in technology, innovation, research and development both at the classification and statutory levels.

The Blue Book is an electronic library of technical resolutions adopted by IACS as a result of its technical work and provides an example of how the aims and objectives of the Association1 are delivered for the benefit of international shipping. It contains


  • IACS "Unified Requirements" which IACS members incorporate into their Rules
  • "Unified Interpretations" of IMO convention requirements which IACS Members apply uniformly when acting on behalf of authorizing flag Administrations, unless instructed otherwise
  • "Procedural Requirements" governing practices among IACS Members
  • "IACS Charter" and ?IACS Procedures? which define the purpose, aim and working procedures of the Association
  • "Recommendations" relating to adopted resolutions that are not necessarily matters of Class but which IACS considers would be helpful to offer some advice to the marine industry
  • "UR - Unified Requirements Status" advising on implementation status
  • HF & TB for UR, UI, PR & Rec. containing the History and Technical Background files for the Unified Requirements, Unified Interpretations, Procedural Requirements and Recommendations
  • "Quality Documents" containing QSCS (IACS? Quality System Certification Scheme) description, Quality Management


System Requirements, Audit Requirements, ACB (Accredited Certification Bodies) requirements and other quality procedures The latest version of the Blue Book is available for downloading from the IACS website at www.iacs.org.uk/publications. Ship Designers, Consultants, Shipbuilders, Classification Societies, Ship-owners, Shipbrokers, Insurers, Associations, Accredited Certification Bodies, flag States, Port State Control, MOUs and the shipping industry at large are able to download the package free of charge at any time.

Contact: Robert Ashdown, Secretary General
+44 207 976 0660



1. To establish, review, promote and develop minimum technical requirements in relation to the design, construction, maintenance and survey of ships and other marine related facilities; and assist international regulatory bodies and standard organisations to develop, implement and interpret statutory regulations and industry standards in ship design, construction and maintenance, with a view to improving safety at sea and the prevention of marine pollution.

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