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What does the first Certificate of Class issued to a ship certify, and when would it be issued?

It certifies that the ship has been surveyed by the society’s surveyors and reported by them to be in compliance with the society’s rules and regulations for the classification of ships, and that the hull and machinery (or either of these alone) has been assigned the specified class. It would be issued when the ship is newly built or entered onto the society’s register.

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