Companies providing services, inspections and testing which are mandatorily requested by class rules or international regulation need to have a specific organisation, with qualified and skilled personnel, and to be certified in accordance with the RINA Rules for the Certification of Service Suppliers. Their results are used by RINA Surveyors in making decisions affecting the classification and/or the statutory certifications.
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The service suppliers certification procedure consists of the following steps:
Does service supplier certification need to be renewed?
The Certificate is to be renewed at intervals of three years by verification through an audit, similar to the initial one, that the original conditions are maintained.
If a firm is a supplier of more than one different service, does it need to be certified for each of the services it provides?
Yes, each service needs to be certified, but this can be achieved through a combined audit for more services.
May service supplier certification be requested on a voluntary basis?
Examples of services for which the Supplier may request to be certified for on a voluntary basis are: performance of NDT examinations, servicing of magnetic compass, inspection, maintenance and repair of lifeboats, launching appliances and release gears, maintenance of portable fire extinguishers and weighting of CO2 bottles. Details are found in RINA Rules for the certification of service suppliers.