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    I've heard of large passenger ships being called class one ships. But what are the other classes of ships and where are they classified. I've had a read of SOLAS and cant see anything.

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    These "classes" are an MCA thing... there's probably a MGN listing them somewhere.
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    • #3
      They are connected with numbers of passengers, trading areas etc. and effect which rules apply to the ship.

      You are most likely to be on class I pax or class VII cargo
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      • #4
        It seems to come from the Fire Protection Regulations:

        Classification of ships
        2. - (1) For the purposes of these Regulations ships shall be arranged in Classes as follows -

        Passenger Ships
        Class I Passenger ships engaged on voyages any of which are long international voyages;
        Class II Passenger ships engaged only on short international voyages;
        Class II(A) Passenger ships engaged on voyages of any kind other than international voyages;
        Ships other than passenger ships
        Class VII Ships (other than ships of Classes I, VII(A), VII(T), XI and XII) engaged on voyages any of which are long international voyages;
        Class VII(A) Ships employed as fish processing or canning factory ships, and ships engaged in the carriage of persons employed in the fish processing or canning industries;
        Class VII(T) Tankers engaged on voyages any of which are long international voyages;
        Class VIII Ships (other than ships of Classes II, VIII(T), IX, XI and XII) engaged only on short international voyages;
        Class VIII(A) Ships (other than ships of Classes II(A) to VI(A) inclusive, VIII(A)(T), IX, IX(A), IX(A)(T), XI and XII) engaged on voyages which are not international voyages;
        Class VIII(T) Tankers engaged only on short international voyages;
        Class VIII(A)(T) Tankers engaged only on voyages which are not international voyages;
        Class IX Tugs and tenders (other than ships of Classes II, II(A), III, VI and VI(A)) which proceed to sea but are not engaged on long international voyages;
        Class IX(A) Ships which do not proceed to sea;
        Class IX(A)(T) Tankers which do not proceed to sea;
        Class XI Sailing ships (other than ships of Class XII) which proceed to sea;
        Class XII Pleasure vessels (other than passenger ships) of 13.7 metres in length or over.

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