Voluntary scheme for owners of UK registered vessels.
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Under this voluntary scheme the survey and certification process is streamlined by minimising duplication of effort with the classification societies.
When a ship is registered under the Alternative Compliance Scheme (ACS) it allows the classification society to perform all statutory surveys required under SOLAS, MARPOL and Load Line Conventions with the exception of ISM, ISPS and ILO 178, without a formal ‘appointment’ by the UK Ship Register.
Entry into the scheme is conditional upon Port State Control and class criteria being met and applications must be sent to the UK Ship Register.
Further information can be found in the marine guidance note MGN 568.