The Association of Asian Classification Societies (ACS) was formalized in Bali, Indonesia on 1 February 2010 by 6 Asian classification societies, i.e., Biro Klassifikasi Indonesia(BKI), China Clasification Society (CCS), Indian Register of Shipping (IRS), Korean Register (KR), Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK) and Vietnam Register (VR).
The purpose and aims of ACS is to promote ship safety at sea and protection of the marine environment and, in cooperation with other partners in the maritime community, to pursue improvement of ACS Members’ performance and their technical contributions to the international maritime community based on their accumulated technical knowledge and expertise.
Each member society will endeavour to promote technical cooperation and enhance communication with the maritime community.
ACS is dedicated to strengthening cooperation between its Member Societies on:
(a)promoting research and development of technology, so as to encourage technical advancement and provide technical services of the highest standard to the maritime community;
(b)providing technical contributions to governmental organizations and the maritime industry for the promotion of ship safety at sea and protection of the marine environment globally, in particular to the Asian maritime community;
(c)continuously improving Members’ performance with respect to ship safety and quality in technical services; and
(d)enhancing communication and dialogue with maritime industry organizations, in particular the Asian maritime industry.