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Provisions on the Management of Registered Ship Surveyors (Interim)

Chapter I General Provisions

Article 1 The provisions are formulated in accordance with Regulations for the Survey of Ships and Offshore Installations of the People's Republic of China and Regulations of the People's Republic of China on Fishing Vessel Inspection and relevant regulations on National Vocational Qualification Certification System, with a view to optimizing the management on professional technical personnel conducting ship survey, enhancing their professional quality to ensure the ship survey quality and also to prevent environment pollution.

Article 2 The provisions shall apply to technical professionals conducting ship survey, who are employed by ship survey organizations.

Ship survey refers to survey on vessels and offshore installations (including cargo containers onboard) and approval on relevant plan and technical documentation.

Article 3 The professional permission system is adopted for technical professionals conducting ship survey in China,which are brought into the nationalprofessional qualification certification system.

Article 4 Registered ship surveyors refer to technical professionals who carry out ship survey after obtaining the Qualification Certificate of Registered Ship Surveyors of People's Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as "Qualification Certificate") and completing all registry procedures required.

Article 5 Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China shall be jointly in charge of the implementation of registered ship surveyors system and responsible for guidance and supervision respectively.

Human resource departments at provincial level shall be responsible for the supervision on the qualification examination and registration of ship surveyors within their administrative jurisdiction.

Chapter II Examination

Article 6 National unified syllabus and examination system are adopted for qualification examination of registered surveyors. The examination will be held once a year in principle.

Article 7 Two categories are set for the qualification examination of registered ship surveyors: one is for vessels and offshore installations and the other for fishing ships. Each category is divided into four grades. Technical professionals may apply for the appropriate category and grade accordingly.

Category/Grade

Vessels and Offshore Installations

Fishing Vessels

A

Vessels engaged in international voyage, offshore installations,fishery auxiliary vessels engaged in international voyage

Ocean-going fishing vessels

B

Vessels engaged in coastal voyage

Fishing vessels engaged in coastal voyage

C

Vessels navigating in inland water

Small-sized fishing vessels engaged in coastal voyage, fishing vessels navigating in inland water

D

Small-sized vessels navigating in inland water

Small-sized fishing vessels navigating in inland water

Article 8 Expert Committee for examinations at each category/grade is set up by Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Agriculture accordingly, which is responsible for defining subjects to be tested, developing examination syllabus, items and database. The Committee will propose relative standards of "PASS" for each category/grade.

Article 9 Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, together with Ministry of Transport or Ministry of Agriculture, is responsible for the approval of examination subjects, syllabus and items, and for the examination supervision and guidance, and also for defining standards of "PASS" .

Article 10 Chinese citizens, who abide by both the national legislation and professional ethics, healthy and meet all the relevant requirements, are qualified to apply for examinations. Specific implementation provisions are developed by Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, together with Ministry of Transport or Ministry of Agriculture.

Article 11 Relevant qualification certificates, made by Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and sealed together with either Ministry of Transport or Ministry of Agriculture, are issued to applicants who pass the examinations. Certificates are valid nationwide.

Article 12 Qualification certificates obtained by improper means shall be withdrawn by the issuing authority, and certificate holders are not allowed to take the examination within 3 years.

Chapter III Registration

Article 13 Registration system is adopted for the management of registered ship surveyors. Anyone who has obtained the qualification certificate must go through the registration procedure required before conducting any ship survey work stated in the Provisions.

Article 14 Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Agriculture are the corresponding approval authorities for the registration respectively. Branches of Maritime Safety Administration with the responsibility of ship survey governance are the registration inspection authorities of registered ship surveyors for vessels and offshore installations; while fishery administrations at provincial level are responsible for the registration inspection of registered ship surveyors for fishing vessels.

Article 15 Anyone who has obtained the qualification certificate and applies for the registration should be employed by a qualified survey organization, which would submit the application of registration to the corresponding inspection authority for the applicant.

Article 16 In case the application documents are incomplete or inconsistent with the requirements, the registration inspection authority should notify the applicant, immediately or within 5 working days upon receiving the application. Otherwise, the application shall be regarded as "accepted" starting from the receiving date.

A written notice stamped by the registration inspection authority shall be issued no matter the application is accepted or not.

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