Evaluation of Classification Rules Related to Machinery for an Oil Tanker

  • Robert Cross
  • Jorge Ballesio
Conference paper


Classification Societies for the maritime industry are responsible for the development and implementation of rules, guidance, and standards which provide for the structural strength of marine vessels or offshore structures, and the safety and reliability of critical systems to promote the security of life, property and the natural environment. One of the fundamental aspects of classification is the process by which these rules, guidance and standards are established. The objective of these classification rules has always been to ensure that the probabilities of accidents with the potential for adversely affecting life, property, and the natural environment are low. However this assurance was not explicit, as rules and regulations were developed without the benefit of quantitative estimates of risk. The recent introduction of a structured risk analysis into the classification business is formalizing this process and bringing considerable benefits to all involved parties.


Classification Rule Ultimate Consequence Quantitative Risk Assessment Tanker Model Fatality Risk 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Cross
    • 1
  • Jorge Ballesio
    • 2
  1. 1.ABSG ConsultingHoustonUSA
  2. 2.American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)HoustonUSA

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