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LR issues statutory alert – Mediterranean region voluntary ballast water management regulations

From January 1, 2012, all ships should exchange ballast water With effect from January 1, 2012, all ships should exchange ballast water before entering the Mediterranean Sea or after leaving the Mediterranean Sea to meet the regulation D-1 standard of the Ballast Water Convention. Exchange should be carried out at least 200 nautical miles from land and in waters at least 200 metres deep. The sequential, flow through or dilution methods of ballast water exchange are accepted as meeting the D-1 standard.In situations where this is not possible (because the ship will have to deviate from its intended voyage; because exchange will delay the ship; or for safety reasons) exchange should be undertaken before entering the Mediterranean Sea area, or after leaving the Mediterranean Sea area, as far from the nearest land as possible, and in all cases in waters at least 50 nautical miles from the nearest land and at least 200 metres deep.When engaged in traffic between the ports and areas listed below, ships should undertake ballast water exchange in waters at least 50 nautical miles from the nearest land and at least 200 metres deep or in an area designated by a port State:1. ports located within ...

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LR introduces training on materials properties

Basic Principles of Materials, Welding and NDE for Existing Ships Lloyd's Register has started to offer training courses in the properties of marine materials, welding techniques and non destructive examination (NDE).These are used predominantly in the ship construction, repair and maintenance sectors of the shipping industry.The course, Basic Principles of Materials, Welding and NDE for Existing Ships, has been designed for superintendents, shipmanagers and the technical staff who are responsible for keeping their ships safe and operating efficiently."Most materials and welding courses do not cover the specific problems encountered by marine superintendents and engineers. This course has been developed and tested with marine clients who have faced real difficulties and is ideal for developing the knowledge of superintendents and engineers," said Steve Robson, LRs senior technical training specialist."It demystifies an area of engineering that is so often overcomplicated. Participants will enhance their knowledge and be able to get to grips with what is required to ensure correct materials are used, that the correct procedures and techniques are selected for joining the materials and ensure that repairs are tested and examined properly," he said.The course will examine the properties of marine materials such as rolled steel, alloys, castings, forgings and newer ...

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LR introduces training in materials, welding and non-destructive testing

Courses focus on current challenges facing personnel responsible for maintaining the commercial flee Lloyd's Register is offering training courses in the properties of marine materials, welding techniques and non destructive examination (NDE), some of the cornerstones of ship construction, repair and maintenance.The course, Basic Principles of Materials, Welding and NDE for Existing Ships, has been designed for superintendents, ship-managers and the technical staff who are responsible for keeping their ships safe and operating efficiently."Most materials and welding courses do not cover the specific problems encountered by marine superintendents and engineers. This course has been developed and tested with marine clients who have faced real difficulties and is ideal for developing the knowledge of superintendents and engineers," said Steve Robson, Lloyd's Register's Senior Technical Training Specialist. "It demystifies an area of engineering that is so often overcomplicated. Participants will enhance their knowledge and be able to get to grips with what is required to ensure correct materials are used, that the correct procedures and techniques are selected for joining the materials and ensure that repairs are tested and examined properly."The course will examine the properties of marine materials such as rolled steel, alloys, castings, forgings and newer composite materials. It also ...

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LRET funded collegium produces solutions for carbon capture and storage

University of Southampton-based initiative combined students, faculty and the private sector A collegium funded by the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust (The LRET) has produced four technical papers that the authors hope will spur discussion and further innovation as industry strives to find solutions to the challenges of carbon capture and storage (CCS).A group of 19 young PhD or post-doctoral researchers were brought to the University of Southampton from countries as far afield as China, Australia, Korea and the US to collaborate on finding potential solutions to the technical and socio-political challenges currently slowing the global expansion of CCS activities."There is a growing industry consensus that CCS is part of the solution to global warming. What we also have come to realise is that the challenges facing its development are as much political and social as they are technical, if not more so," said Richard Sadler, Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd's Register. "In sponsoring the collegium, the LRET created an environment where the engineers of the future could begin addressing the socio-technical challenges of today. The results were impressive and, as our mandate is to benefit the public, I can think of no better use for LRET funds."The scholars presented their findings ...

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LR to develop new software for managing the risks associated with blow-out preventers on oil rigs

BOP Monitor is a new offshore application Lloyd's Register is working with leading owners and operators from the oil and gas sector to improve current methods of monitoring the performance of blow-out preventers (BOP) and reduce the risks for one of the industry's most safety-critical pieces of equipment.ModuSpec BV and Scandpower AS, members of the Lloyd's Register Group and global leaders in risk management, have combined resources with industry to develop a 'BOP Monitor' that is expected to significantly improve the current processes that assess risk during operations.The monitor will be a new application for Scandpower's proprietary software, RiskSpectrum, the value of which has already been proven in 50% of the world's nuclear power plants."The BOP is a critical component in any hydrocarbon drilling operation and is often the final line of defence for protecting life and the environment. So there is high demand for a transparent and well-structured risk assessment approach that helps owners and operators to monitor the BOP's performance," said Duco de Haan, ModuSpec's Chief Executive Officer. "Because ModuSpec has been a global leader in helping to ensure the reliability of drilling assets for more than 25 years, we recognise the importance of industry participation in developing ...

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LR addresses UK’s anti-bribery act

LR updates its staff working in 260 offices worldwide about the implications of UK Bribery Act 2010 Specialist maritime e-learning company, Marlins, has provided 6,000 licences for its new Business Principles course to Lloyd's Register.The course will be used by LR to update its staff working in 260 offices worldwide about the implications of the newly implemented UK Bribery Act 2010.The Act, which came into force on 1st July this year, has been described as the toughest anti-corruption legislation in the world, demonstrating that it has significantly more impact than the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.It repeals all previous UK laws relating to bribery, replacing them with individual crimes of: promising or offering a bribe; requesting or accepting a bribe; and bribery of foreign public officials.Furthermore, the Act also includes an offence that applies specifically to companies: the failure of a commercial organisation to prevent bribery on its behalf. For the purposes of the Act, this means any person who performs services for or on behalf of the company - quite simply, any employees, agents, or subsidiaries.Another key element of the Act is that, while only a part of UK law, it has international reach, allowing for the prosecution of ...

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LR issues Statutory alert – Entry into force of Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI)

Applicable to new ships greater than 400 Gross Tonnes The Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) 62nd meeting took place from July 11th to 15th at the IMO headquarters in London. The meeting largely focussed on Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) from ships which led to the adoption of "Energy Efficiency Regulations" as part of a new Chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI.These include Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP).EEDI reflects the amount of CO2 generated per tonne-mile (cargo carrying capacity). It constitutes a uniform approach to calculation of a ship's energy efficiency during the design and build of new ships and will be used to control CO2 levels emitted for future new ships by encouraging improvements in ship design.SEEMP establishes a mechanism for operators to improve the energy efficiency of ships through the management of individual efficiency measures.Application Date of entry into force will be 1st January 2013. The SEEMP will be applicable to all ships greater than 400GT whilst the EEDI will only apply to new ships, excluding those with diesel-electric, steam turbine or hybrid propulsion systems, as follows: Ship for which the building contract is placed on or after 1st January 2013; ...

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Lloyd s Register issues Safety Alert regarding faulty safety equipment

2kg and 5kg aluminium CO2 fire extinguishers manufactured between 2006 and April 2011 Lloyd's Register issues Safety Alert regarding fualty safety equipment for aluminium CO2 fire extinguishers manufactured between 2006 and April 201.These faulty extinguishers have been identified in service. In a small number of cases the valve has failed and released unexpectedly. This has the potential to cause serious injury as the valves may be ejected at high speed. We have been further advised that, although these extinguishers were primarily used on land, a number have been supplied to the marine industry. The affected extinguishers are 2kg and 5kg CO2 aluminium cylinders and were manufactured between 2006 and April 2011. The screw thread on the valve cannot be seen.For further information, click here.Source: Lloyd's Register

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Lloyd s Register issues statuotory alert re closing devices for ventilation of battery rooms

IACS Unified Interpretation SC 240 Lloyd s Register issues statuotory alert regarding closing devices for ventilation of battery rooms.Following recent Port State Control findings related to closing devices for battery room ventilators, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has developed a Unified Interpretation (UI) of SOLAS Regulation II-2/5.2.1.1.This will be uniformly implemented on all SOLAS ships, both new and existing, from July 1, 2011.To view more information, click here.Source: Lloyd's Register

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Lloyd s Register issues Safety Alert regarding fake safety equipment

Unitor emergency escape breathing device sets Lloyd s Register issues Safety Alert regarding fake safety equipment regarding Unitor emergency escape breathing device sets (EEBD) sets.Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS), a manufacturer of EEBD-sets, has contacted Lloyds Register to advise that fake EEBD-sets have been found in service. On receipt of a batch of EEBD-sets for annual inspection, it was discovered that the bags and EEBD-sets were fake copies of the Unitor/MSA type Uniscape 15H. We have been further advised that the fakes do not work as they are supposed to and will create an extremely dangerous situation for the user when they are needed for escape.You can view further information by clicking here.Source: Lloyd's Register

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