Brief History of Cooperation within TSCI

15th of December, 1961, Warsaw were the date and the place of signing of the Intergovernmental Agreement on cooperation in the sphere of technical supervision over ships and their classification by authorized representatives of the governments of Bulgaria, Hungary, GDR, Poland, Romania, the USSR and Czechoslovakia. Later on Yugoslavia (SFRY), Korean People's Democratic Republic, Vietnam and Cuba joined this Agreement.

The Agreement became the basis for a longterm, active and fruitful cooperation of ship technical survey and classification bodies (abbreviated – OTNK) of the countries – parties to the Agreement:

Bulgarian Register of Shipping;

Vietnam Register of Ships;

Chief Inspection of Transport of Hungarian People’s Republic;

DDR Schiffs Revision und Klassifikation;

Cuban Register of Shipping;

Register of Ships of Korean People’s Democratic Republic;

Polish Register of Shipping;

Register of the USSR;

Rechnoj Registr of RSFSR;

Romanian Register of Shipping;

CzechoSlovak Register of Shipping;

Yugoslavian Register of Shipping.

The main effect of the cooperation in the framework of OTNK was the development of OTNK Coordinated Rules aimed at improving the technical safety of ships and eliminating differences between national versions of the Rules.

In a relatively short period a set of Coordinated Rules have been developed:

Rules for the Classification and Construction of Sea-Going Ships;

Rules for the Statutory Equipment of Sea-Going Ships;

Rules for the Classification and Construction of Inland Navigation Ships;

Rules for the Construction of Containers and Guidelines for the Supervision of Freight Containers in Service;

Rules for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships.

The Coordinated Rules were issued in the form of master copies consisted of the main text approved by all TSCI members (or by the majority of them) and a list of national divergencies from the Coordinated Rules for each OTNK, if they existed. National editions of the Rules were developed and published on the basis of these master copies.

The unification of scientific potential of the societies, mutual use of the results of scientific and technical researches according to development plans of OTNK Coordinated Rules enabled to maintain the high technical level of the Rules.

In 1994 the Council of OTNK Directors made up a decision to interrupt cooperation on the basis of Intergovernmental Agreement of 1961. Political and economical changes which took place in the countries which signed this Agreement were the reason of this decision.

It was on the 4th of November, 1994, in Berlin, when the second stage of cooperation among technical survey and classification bodies began at the meeting organized by the representatives of member-organizations of the former Agreement. They expressed their intention to go on cooperating with each other and to develop their working partnership in the framework of new OTNK Agreement named the Cooperation Agreement of ship of technical supervision and classification institutions. The representatives of the following Classification Societies signed this Agreement: Vietnam Register, Joson Classification Society, RCB Sociedad Clasificadora, Polish Register of Shipping, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, Russian River Register and Ukrainian State Inspectorate of Register and Navigation Safety which in 1998 was transformed into Shipping Register of Ukraine.

In 1996 Bulgarian Register of Shipping also endorsed this Agreement.

One of the key tasks of the second stage of the cooperation was mutual elaboration of technical aspects in order to improve the Rules and regulations. Besides the introduction of quality management system was considered necessary for all TSCI members.

Quality and Port State Control (PSC) working groups were set up and began operating in the framework of the new Agreement of 1994.

However, the cooperation of OTNK was registered officially neither at the first stage, nor at the second one as it had no status of the intergovernmental organization or the international association.

December 15 – 17, 1998 is the date when when the third, current stage of the international cooperation among classification societies and technical supervision bodies was set about at the Extraordinary Meeting of OTNK Directors in Gdansk.

The decision to establish the International Association of Technical Survey and Classification Institutions — TSCI was declared there, and for this purpose the Memorandum in Russian and English was signed by the participants.

The members of the newly founded Association became the parties which signed the Memorandum: Bulgarian Register of Shipping, Vietnam Register, RCB Sociedad Clasificadora, Polish Register of Shipping, Shipping Register of Ukraine, Russian River Register, as well as JOSON Classification Society (now Korea Classification Society), which joined the Memorandum in 1999.

Later on, International Naval Surveys Bureau (I.N.S.B.), Greece, and Slovensky Lloyd became the members of the Association at the plenary meeting of TSCI Council in May 22 – 24, 2001 in Moscow.

The Memorandum signed by members of the Association is open for joining to other technical supervision bodies and classification societies.

The meeting adopted TSCI Statute where the goals of the Association activities, trends of cooperation, conditions of membership, rights and obligations of the members and governing principles were stated.

Since the moment of its establishment the Association has started work for obtaining consultative status of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as international nongovernmental organization, and a decision on formation of ad hoc group for preparing the required documents was adopted at the meeting of TSCI Council held in May 04 – 08, 1999 in Gdansk.

In the course of preparatory work for obtaining ECOSOC consultative status it was realized that permanently functioning TSCI body should be organized in the country of registration of the Association (TSCI Headquarters). TSCI Council decided to hold a registration procedure in the Russian Federation and to incorporate the Association in Moscow.

In this regard the Statute and the Agreement were updated.

The Association was registered in October 07, 2002 in Moscow.

The actual TSCI Statute states that non-for-profit organization International Association of Technical Survey and Classification Institutions is constituted by organizations performing activities in the field of technical survey and classification on the basis of their voluntary, equitable and mutually beneficial unification, the Constituent Agreement and the present Statute signed by them.

When creating TSCI the constitutors took into account the experience and results of cooperation of the bodies of technical survey and classification of ships on the basis of the Intergovernmental Agreement on cooperation in the field of technical supervision of ships and their classification dated December 15, 1961; cooperation of the mentioned bodies based on the agreement signed in Berlin in November 4, 1994; cooperation on the basis of Memorandum and TSCI Statute of December 17, 1998.

TSCI is constituted in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation in force; TSCI is a juridical person, has the settlement account and other accounts in banks, the seal with its full name in Russian and English languages, stamps and blanks with its name.

TSCI has a duly registered emblem.

The official and working languages of TSCI are English and Russian. Newly elected Chairman of TSCI Council notifies all TSCI members of the working language to be used for correspondence and at the meetings of TSCI Council during his term.

Since 2002 further activities of the Association are based of the revised Statute and the Constituent Agreement.

At the meeting held in May 21 – 23, 2002 TSCI Council adopted TSCI Secretariat Regulations on and Valery Ogarkov, Deputy General Director of Russian River Register, was appointed to be the Head of TSCI Secretariat

At the present time several working groups organized during 1994 – 1998 continue their activities, namely Working Group on joint scientific researches and Quality Working Group.

Joint research and development activities for the Rules and Regulations is still an integral part of TSCI activities. It includes the analysis of the results of R&D studies performed by TSCI members and development of topics which are of common interest of the Association. R&D working plans are approved and implemented.

The Regulations on TSCI observers and the Regulations on TSCI associated members were approved at the meeting of TSCI Council held in May 21 – 24, 2004 in Hanoi.

Bulgarian Register of Shipping and I.N.S.B. (Greece) terminated TSCI membership in 2005 due to commercial nature of activities which didn’t correspond with TSCI Status.

TSCI Rules for river-sea going ships were introduced to the participants of TSCI Council meeting held in May 23 – 25, 2007 in Gdansk. The Council adopted TSCI Rules for the Classification and Construction of River-Sea Navigation Ships consisting of 2 volumes. They were published in 2007. At the same meeting TSCI Council adopted the Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution of Atmosphere from Ships and the Regulations for Surveys of Ships at Winter Anchorage.

In 2008 TSCI Meeting was held in Pyongyang in May 13 – 16. In particular, the meeting discussed an item on the development of TSCI Rules for the Classification and Construction of Inland Navigation Ships.

Prior to the meeting an ad hoc group for the development of TSCI Rules for the Classification and Construction of Inland Navigation Ships was organized as it was proposed by Dr. Norbert Puchaczewski, the Chairman of R&D Working Group. Experts of Polish Register of Shipping, Slovensky Lloyd, Russian River Register and Shipping Register of Ukraine became members of the ad hoc group.

The Council gave a task to the ad hoc group to analyze the Rules and Regulations for inland navigation ships of Shipping Register of Ukraine and Russian River Register, Directive 2006/87/EC, Resolution No. 61 of UNECE and materials prepared by Slovensky Lloyd to determine the scope of work for the development of the Rules.

The ad hoc group made a layout of the Rules and the timetable for its development.

The first draft was developed by Russian River Register in 2009 and circulated to all TSCI members for consideration in December 2009.

The existing Rules for the Classification and Construction of Inland Navigation Ships, edition 2008, of Russian River Register have been accepted as the basis of the draft TSCI Rules. In the project applicable provisions of Resolution No. 61 of UNECE Recommendations on Harmonized Europe-wide Technical Requirements for Inland Navigation Vessels, Directive No. 2006/87/ĹŃ of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 12th, 2006 and the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN) were taken into account. In addition, the requirements of the Rules for the Classification and Construction of Inland Navigation Ships of Shipping Register of Ukraine, edition 2005, were considered.

The Rules were approved at TSCI Council meeting in Sopot, May 24 – 26, 2011. The Chairman of TSCI Council Mr. Erzy Wyrzykowski signed the master copy of the Rules on behalf of TSCI Council.

In 2010 TSCI Council has awarded the status of TSCI observer to the following classification organizations:

Public Institution “Register of Shipping” of Committee of Transport and Communication of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Republic Kazakhstan;

State Institution “Shipping Register” of Republic of Moldova;

Republican Unitary Enterprise “Belorussian River Register Inspectorate”.

In 2011 TSCI observer status was granted to the classification organizations Isthmus Bureau of Shipping and Intermaritime Certification Services, Panama.

In recent years the Association is constantly working on the expansion of forms and methods of the international cooperation in sphere of technical requirements to ships. As international non-governmental organization, the Association obtained the observer status of the Danube Commission by Resolution of the 75th session of the Danube Commission dated December 15th, 2010.

In the end of 2014 the Polish Register of Shipping declared its voluntary withdrawal from TSCI membership. At the regular meeting of TSCI Council in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) 20 – 22 May 2015 it was decided to accept the withdrawal of Polish Register of Shipping.

Apart from that at the same meeting of TSCI Council the Kazakhstan Register of Shipping, Isthmus Bureau of Shipping (Panama) and Inter-maritime Certification Cervices (Panama) became members of TSCI.

Mr. Evgeny Trunin General Director of Russian River Register was elected as Chairman of TSCI Council for the period since 22 May 2015 till the next regular meeting of TSCI Council.

In its letter dated 23 July 2015 the UN Economic and Social Council has declared its decision to grant the special consultative status to TSCI.

In 2016 the TSCI Council adopted a number of amendments and additions to TSCI Statute by correspondence. The new edition of TSCI Statute is available at TSCI web-site and in paper form.

At the plenary meeting of TSCI Council held 24 – 26 May 2016 in Saint Petersburg it was decided to develop the TSCI Rules for Classification and Construction of Sea-going Ships. For this purpose a Small Working Group chaired by the Cuban Register of Ships was formed.

The next plenary meeting of TSCI Council will take place in May 2017 in Russian Federation.

The plenary meeting of TSCI Council was held in Nizhny Novgorod from 23 to 25 May 2017.

The following delegations of TSCI members attended the meeting:

Vietnam Register;

Kazakhstan Register of Shipping;

Korea Classification Society;

Cuban Register of Shipping;

Intermaritime Certification Services;

Isthmus Bureau of Shipping;

Russian River Register;

Slovensky Lloyd.

The representatives of TSCI Observers also participated in the meeting:

Belarusian Inspection of Register;

Authority for Determination of the Seaworthiness, Serbia.

The following invited organizations took part in the meeting:

Danube Commission;

"CR" classification society (Taiwan);

Macosnar Corporation (Panama);

International Register of Shipping (USA);

Panama Shipping Registrar.

The TSCI Council has considered the issues on obtaining of IMO consultative status and the progress in R&D works within TSCI. Apart from that the following regulatory documents developed by Vietnam Register were adopted: "Calculation of roll dynamic of ship in domestic wave spectrum" and "Added resistance in wave in estimate necessary time to return to port in rough sea of coastal ship".

The plenary meeting of Non-for-Profit Organization “International Association of Technical Survey and Classification Institutions” (TSCI) was held 23 – 25 May 2017 in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia).

The following delegations of TSCI members attended the meeting of TSCI Council:

Vietnam Register;

Kazakhstan Register of Shipping;

Korea Classification Society;

Cuban Register of Shipping;

Intermaritime Certification Services;

Isthmus Bureau of Shipping;

Russian River Register;

Slovensky Lloyd.

The following delegations also attended the meeting:

representatives of TSCI observer-organizations:

Belorussian Inspection of the Register,

Authority for Determination of the Seaworthiness, Serbia.

representatives of invited organizations:

Danube Commission;

"CR" Classification Society, Taiwan;

Macosnar Corporation, Panama;

Panama Shipping Registrar;

International Register of Shipping (USA).

During the meeting the following issues were discussed: obtaining of IMO consultative status by TSCI, execution of R&D works, as well as adoption of regulatory documents developed by Vietnam Register — "Added resistance in wave in estimate necessary time to return to port in rough sea of coastal ship" and "Calculation of roll dynamic of ship in domestic wave spectrum".

A new Chairman of TSCI Council for the period from 26.05.2017 to May 2019 was elected — Mr. Miguel Pineda Lopez, General Director of Cuban Register of Shipping.

The next plenary meeting of TSCI Council will be held in Cuba in May 2018.