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Saturday, January 11, 2020 

Lloyd's Register has issued a reminder that new regulations came into force in 2019 for the control and monitoring of service suppliers in China.

Service suppliers undertaking certain services in the ports and waters of China are now required to be official registered companies in China, and classification societies must record recognised service suppliers on the web-based database of the China Marine Safety Administration (MSA).

For service of the relevant categories and equipment, either in workshop facilities or on-board ships in Chinese waters, the service suppliers are required to issue certificates through the China MSA web-based system, which will be validated by the surveyor. China MSA has siisued a clarification that states that the requirements for company registration in China and for certification via the MSA system may not apply to foreign service suppliers who only conduct services on foreign-flagged ships, and which do not require a fixed location workshop (such as thickness measurement, non-destructive testing, LSA servicing on board).

Owners and operators must ensure that all applicable servicing done in China for the categories and equipment is undertaken by service suppliers that are not only registered on the China MSA database, but also acceptable to Lloyd’s Register and/or the ship’s flag Administration.

LR's Class News 15/2019 and 01/2020 provide full information.

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