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Rule 8 Classification and certification of the Ship

1 Unless otherwise agreed in writing between the Member and the Association it shall be a condition of the insurance of the Ship that:

a) the Ship shall be and remain throughout the period of entry classed with a classification society approved by the Association;
b) the Member shall promptly call to the attention of that classification society any incident, occurrence or condition which has given or might have given rise to damage in respect of which the classification society might make recommendations as to repairs or other action to be taken by the Member;
c) the Member shall comply with all the rules, recommendations and requirements of that classification society relating to the Ship within the time or times specified by the society;
d) the Association is authorised to inspect any documents and obtain any information relating to the maintenance of class of the Ship in the possession of any classification society with which the Ship is or has at any time been classed prior to and during the period of insurance and such classification society or societies are authorised to disclose and make available such documents and information to the Association upon request by it and for whatsoever purpose the Association in its sole discretion may consider necessary.
e) the Member shall immediately inform the Association if, at any time during the period of entry, the classification society with which the Ship is classed is changed and advise the Association of all outstanding recommendations, requirements or restrictions specified by any classification society relating to the Ship as at the date of such change;
f) the Member shall comply or procure compliance with all statutory requirements of the state of the Ship's flag relating to the construction, adaptation, condition, fitment, equipment, manning, safe operation, security and management of the Ship and at all times maintain or procure the maintenance of the validity of such statutory certificates as are issued by or on behalf of the state of the Ship's flag in relation to such compliance.

2 The Association shall notify the Member when it intends to inspect classification documents or request information from a classification society in accordance with Rule 8.1.d.

3 The Member shall not be entitled to any recovery from the Association in respect of any claim arising during a period when the Member is not fulfilling or has not fulfilled the conditions in Rule 8.1., provided always that where the entry of a Ship is solely in the name of or on behalf of a charterer, and the charterer is not responsible for the maintenance of the Ship, or for compliance with classification or statutory requirements, the rights of recovery of such charterer shall not be dependent on the fulfilment of the conditions in Rule 8.1(b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) above.