POLISH REGISTER FAILS IN REINSTATEMENT BID

POLISH REGISTER FAILS IN REINSTATEMENT BID

Poland's ship classification society has failed to win reinstatement as a full member of the International Ship Classification Society.

The Polish Register of Shipping, whose membership was suspended a year ago after allegations that it was poaching ships from other IACS members, was reinstated as an associate member.''We are a little bit disappointed,'' said Jan Jankowski, director general of the Polish Register.

The register will continue to improve its quality standards to regain full membership, he said.

As an associate member, the Polish Register - like those of Croatia and India - will have no say in implementing rules of IACS, which classifies about 95 percent of the world fleet in tonnage.

Separately, the IACS said its 13 members have audited 8,300 ships for compliance with the International Safety Management Code, a mandatory onshore safety regime that comes into effect on July 1.

This amounts to half the world fleet being covered by the new rules, said IACS Chairman Tor Christian Mattiesen. The other half of the fleet will be audited by flag states.

Mr. Mattiesen estimates around 80 percent of the world fleet will comply with the ISM by the deadline.