Samson’s most commonly requested type approvals include those through ABS, BV, DNV, and Lloyd’s Register.
To obtain type approval, manufacturers must first submit all information regarding a specific product to the class society; including quality procedures and processes, detailed construction information, manufacturing procedures, and product specifications,
such as weights and strengths. After review of the specifications, a testing program is established to manufacture and test selected sizes for the product in accordance with the specified test procedures. All testing is witnessed by a representative
from the class society to assure accuracy and compliance. For further details of the applicability of each type approval, please view the certificate through the respective society’s type approval database.
Once approved, there is typically an annual or bi-annual plant inspection/audit performed by the class society. This is done to review the manufacturer’s quality manual, such as an ISO 9001 manual, and to verify that there are no issues with the
quality system or the manufacture of the product. Hence, the quality and consistency of the product is ensured.
A type approval certificate provides the most assurance as to both quality and consistency of a product supplied by the manufacturer, which are all backed by the rigorous testing, inspections, and audits that are required.