As a Category 1 British Registry, Cayman is authorised to certify all sizes and types of vessel.
The survey and audit certification requirements for Cayman-registered ships are based on International Conventions that take effect through the passage of Cayman Islands legislation. These survey and audit requirements are also guided by policies and procedures that are agreed upon among the members of the British Registers, the Red Ensign Group.
Cayman maintains a dynamic Survey and Inspection programme for Yachts and Merchant Ships to assist clients and to ensure the quality of their fleet is maintained. Yacht Code Compliance surveys are generally conducted by the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry's exclusive surveyor networks, however, many of the statutory surveys relating to International Conventions on both Yachts and Merchant Ships are delegated to the six recognised classification societies through a formal agreement between Cayman and each of the respective societies as listed:
- American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
- Bureau Veritas (BV)
- Det Norske Veritas - Germanisher Lloyd (DNV-GL)
- Lloyds Register (LR)
- Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK)
- Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)