Recognized Organizations for Statutory Surveys

The Directorate of Merchant Shipping, Eswatini Maritime Affairs (EMA), has no objection for ship owners to use the following Classification Societies as Recognized Organizations (RO) to carry out statutory surveys/audits, plan approvals, and issue international convention certificates for and on behalf of the EMA.

  1. 1.American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  2. 2.Bureau Veritas (BV)
  3. 3.China Classification Society (CCS)
  4. 4.Indian Register of Shipping (IRS)
  5. 5.Korean Register of Shipping (KR)
  6. 6.Lloyds Register of Shipping (LR)
  7. 7.Nautilus Register (NR)
  8. 8.Nippon Kaiji Kyikai (NKK)
  9. 9.Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)
  10. 10.Polish Register of Shipping (PRS)
  11. 11.Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS)
  12. 12.Croatian Register of Shipping (CRS)

Note: Recognised Organizations that are not listed above may apply for authorization on a case-by-case basis with the Directorate of Merchant Shipping, EMA. Email:

Under the provisions of: SOLAS 1974/1988 regulation I/6, MARPOL Annex I regulation 6, MARPOL Annex II regulation 8, MARPOL Annex IV regulation 4, MARPOL Annex VI regulation 5, LLC 1966/1988 article 13, TONNAGE 1969 article 7, AFS 2001 Annex 4 regulation 1, The inspection and survey of ships shall be carried out by officers of the flag Administration. However, the flag Administration may entrust the inspections and surveys either to surveyors nominated for the purpose or to organizations recognized by it.