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[Classification societies have assumed the control of all kinds of maritime technology for both private entities and governments. In many instances they possess even more detailed knowledge about a vessel than its shipowner or flag State. Representations that are made by classification societies...
[The term ‘classification’ might imply that ships were arranged in different classes.3 This was indeed the practice of classification societies in former times, but has long been abolished. The classes of those days depended on the condition of the hull and the equipment. Usually, the hull was...
[Parties that have contracted with classification societies could theoretically hold these societies liable for either the breach of a contractual duty, the breach of an implied contractual duty to exercise reasonable care and skill or a breach of a duty which the classification society owes to...
[In order to facilitate the discussion of a convention which limits the liability of classification societies, the system of limitations will initially be analysed, and it will be scrutinised whether classification societies are protected by these regulations when performing their private duties...
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