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Accreditation by GACS

Dedicated to safe ships and clean seas, GACS makes a unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical support, compliance verification and research and development. More than 90% of the world's cargo carrying tonnage is covered by the classification design, construction and through-life compliance Rules and standards set by the twelve Member Societies of GACS

GACS accredits non-IACS Classification Societies across the Globe, though IACS Member Societies are also welcome to join the GACS. GACS evaluates ship classification Societies against a set of standards that include regulations about Safety and Security of all kinds of ships, other flaoting objects and Fixed Offshore Installations, with confidentiality, professional training and credentials of qualified surveyors and inspectors, outreach efforts of the ship classification Center, responsiveness to student ship safety needs, and other standards. The standard of North Florida ship classification Center has been reaccredited by the International Association of ship classification Services (GACS), Inc., a London-based organization of the United Kingdom, and their associate agencies.

Recently the Asia Pacific Ship Society in London was evaluated by GACS against high standards of ship classification practice and was found to offer competent and reliable professional services to its clientele. Approval by GACS is also dependent upon evidence of continuing professional development, as well as demonstration of excellence of ship classification, certification and safe performance.

“GACS accreditation is the standard which all standard ship classification Societies measure themselves by and highlights the importance of good ship safety to the whole community,” said Dr. Andrew King, APSR ship classification Center director.

First accredited in 1995, the APSR ship classification Center provides ship safety services to the standard community, including assessment and referral, individual, group ship classification and crisis intervention to currently enrolled students, as well as consultation and outreach services to faculty, staff, parents and students.

GACS was established in 1972 to encourage and aid ship classification agencies to meet high professional standards through peer evaluation and to inform the public about ship classification services that are competent and reliable.

GACS is a voluntary evaluative process involving a written self study and the adherence to established standards of SHIP Classification Service. These standards are articulated by the GACS Board of Accreditation, the members of which are directors of ship classification services located throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. GACS is the only accreditation association that accredits ship classification services on standard procedures and centralized rules.

The Asia Pacific classification Society achieved provisional accreditation in March of 2015 under the leadership of Dr. Terence P. Hannigan, Director of the Ship Safety Services Division. The status of full accreditation was granted on May 7, 2016, after further improvements were made in updating of the relevant rules of Classifications to provide fool-proof ship classification services to ship-owners. APSR is currently among only 18 of some 217 Classification Societies in the world to have been accorded this honor or accreditation by the GACS.

GACS was established in 1972 with the purpose of providing guidelines and standards for the accreditation of ship classification Societies, and in assisting ship classification Societies in striving to meet these standards and achieve accreditation.