China Classification Society (CCS) is an internationalized technical body registered according to the relevant decrees of the Government of the People's Republic of China to provide services for the public interests.
CCS started its business activities in 1956 and has been in operation for more than 40 years. Since 1986, it has been carrying out, as an independent legal entity, classification surveys, statutory surveys, surveys related to notarial matters for ships, offshore installations, marine freight containers, materials and marine equipment, as well as providing relevant technical services.
CCS joined the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in May 1988 as one of its 11 full members. In 1992, it established its quality system which conforms to ISO9000 standard in accordance with the Quality System Certification Scheme of IACS and obtained the "Quality System Certificate of Conformity" issued by IACS in 1994.
Delegated by the Chinese Government, CCS regularly attends relevant meetings of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and includes the international conventions and renewed technical standards approved by IMO into the Society's corresponding rules for implementation.
In 1994, CCS's highest class notation was included in the classification clause of the Institute of London Underwriters (ILU), thus the ships classed with CCS can enjoy the preferential tariff treatment for the cargo insurance.
Up to now, CCS has been authorized by the governments of 15 countries or regions to carry out statutory surveys for the ships flying the flags of those countries or regions .The governments of 14 countries or regions have authorized CCS to carry out ISM Code certification on their behalf, CCS has established cooperation agreements with 19 ship survey organizations abroad to act on each other's behalf.
By the end of 1997, CCS has set up 15 branches and 20 offices at the major ports in China and 14 offices at the major ports abroad, all of which, together with those carrying out surveys on behalf of CCS according to the cooperation agreements, form a service net work covering the ports worldwide.