MBA Marine Classification Services

Main Service: Survey of the ships and issue of Class Certificate of compliance with MBA Class Rules.


The Classification concept comprises the development of independent technical standards for ships, and the verification of compliance with these standards throughout the ship’s life.

Classification is a comprehensive verification service providing assurance that a set of requirements laid down in rules and standards established by the Classification Society are met during design and construction, and maintained during operation. The rules and standards are aimed at ensuring safety against hazards to the ship, personnel, and to the environment while ensuring that vessel operators have the flexibility to maximise their resources.

In accordance with international rules and regulations, MBA CLASS has established technical requirements regarding the design, construction, and survey of ships. A Certificate of Classification provides documentary confirmation that the inspected vessel complies with the technical requirements specified in MBA CLASS RULES.

MBA does not require authorisation of any Flag State to issue Certificate of Classification.

Online access to MBA Rules and Regulations for the Construction and Classification of Steel Vessels, which are continuously updated to comply with the latest requirements of the International Maritime Organization, the Flag States Maritime Administrations and the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). 

Specialist modules of MBA Class Rules as listed below may be made available by special request.

Part 1 – Classification Regulations and Surveys (2016)

Part 2 – Materials and Welding 2013

Part 3 – Hull Structures (201S)

Part 4 – Hull Outfitting and Equipment 2013

Part 5 – Stability 2013

Part 6 – Machinery Equipment, Installation and Piping System 2013

Part 7 – Electrical Installations and Control Systems 2013

Part 8 A Special Service Vessels – Oil Tankers (2015)

Part 8 B Special Service Vessels – Bulk Carriers (2015)

Part 8 C Special Service Vessels – Other Ship Types 2013

Part 9 A – Vessels for Trade in Inland Waterways – Classification and Surveys

Part 9 B – Vessels for Trade in Inland Waterways – Material and Welding

Part 9 C – Vessels for Trade in Inland Waterways – Hull Design and Construction

Part 9 D – Vessels for Trade in Inland Waterways – Machinery and Piping

Part 9 E – Vessels for Trade in Inland Waterways – Electrical Installations & Control Systems

Part 9 F – Vessels for Trade in Inland Waterways – Additional Requirements for Notations

Part 10 – Small Crafts 2013

Part 11 – Fire Safety 2013

Part 12 – Cargo Refrigeration Installations 2013

Part 13 – Cargo Gear Arrangements and Surveys 2013

Part 14 – Habitability 2013

The classification process for the vessels comprises:
•  Appraisal of the design during and after construction.
•  Surveys at the time of construction, entry in to class and modifications to ensure that the vessel meets the criteria stipulated by the Rules.
•  Issuance of a ‘Certificate of Classification’ and entering of the vessel’s particulars in to the society’s Register of ships.
•  Periodical surveys as stipulated by the Rules to ensure continued maintenance of conditions of classifications.
•  Additional surveys as deemed necessary in view of damages, reported poor condition of the vessel by port state control authorities, etc.
•  Class Rules require that the raw materials used in building and repairing of ships as well as various essential machinery and components installed on the vessel are approved by the society. MBA CLASS also provides services towards approving various components as above to facilitate compliance with the above requirement. Certain types of marine components can be type approved.