However, the fleet has grown in size and scope, and coverage in limited time windows has become more difficult. From 1 April, audits on safety management, ship security and maritime labour convention will be in the hands of the ship’s Classification Societies, known as Class. This is in addition to marine pollution, safety management and radio inspections that it already carries out on behalf of the Manx Registry.
The Isle of Man said that it will see the outsourcing of a crucial function to a specialist organisation with 200 offices worldwide. The Registry’s own surveyors will begin a new general inspection regime.
Director Dick Welsh has confirmed the Registry will still bear responsibility for the checks, and oversee the Classification Society’s work.
Source: Isle of Man