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Feature 4 | CLASSIFICATION
maintains involvement with the ship The UK Royal
throughout its service life, including the Navy’s CVF ‘Super
major equipment suppliers. Carriers’ will bear
The analysis of the lessons learned some of the most
may lead directly to rule changes, detailed and
or lead to focused research and complex class
development-based rule changes that notation ever.
are intended to minimise the likelihood
that problems persist.
“In applying ABS classification to the
many high-speed naval craft that we
have delivered to navies worldwide, the
US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS),
and the DDG 1000 destroyer, we are
constantly improving the rules, processes
and procedures on the basis of lessons
learned,” says Ashe. services, in conjunction with DNV, for the own processes. These seminars have
On the basis of the evidence to date, ABS creation of the International Naval Safety so far been delivered in the UK, The
firmly believes that the classification of Association (INSA). Netherlands and Chile,” Simpson
naval vessels will continue to contribute to The INSA will take on the task of explains, “with an invitation from the
a reduction in the cost of naval shipbuilding promoting the adoption of the NSC, Chinese State Shipbuilding Corporation
and through-life maintenance. dealing with feedback and undertaking to provide a similar workshop in Beijing
“It is proving to be a very effective further development. Linked to this has in January 2009”.
marriage between the classification been Lloyd’s Register’s ongoing support The largest single challenge for
process that is firmly grounded in of the UK MoD in certification of its Lloyd’s Register, however, has been the
commercial shipbuilding approaches and vessels, either directly, or through the Royal Navy’s Future Aircraft Carrier
the high technical standards required for Naval Safety Assurance Support Service, (CVF) programme, a £3.9 billion
naval vessels,” Ashe concludes. jointly operated with BMT Defence. (US$5.7 billion) contract for two ships
Bob Simpson, Lloyd’s Register’s “In a recent editorial article in the that will be the largest ships ever built
Business Manager, Naval Ships, says that Defence Management Journal, I noted for the Royal Navy. Each will displace
since Warship Technology last reviewed that the introduction of the NSC is not around 65,000tonnes and will have
its activities in naval classification much without its challenges,” says Simpson. 277m flight decks.
has happened. The Lloyd’s Register “With classification rules being used Construction will take place at four
team has been busy working on the to verify that the goals in the code main centres. However, a number of
development of the NATO Naval Ship are being met, each class society will other smaller facilities will be involved
Code, and communicating the benefits need to undertake a gap analysis of its in the construction process, as well as
of naval classification to a wider circle of own rules against the code. For navies equipment suppliers worldwide. On
interested navies. that use a number of class societies, delivery the vessels will have one of the
“Also, we have been ramping up the ensuring common interpretations of longest sets of class notations known.
activity for the largest UK naval project, the the code will also be needed. To ensure Consequently, ensuring consistency in
two new aircraft carriers, and at the same that changes are based on experience Lloyd’s Register’s services is achieved
time, ensuring that the existing activities and not wishful thinking, this will need has required significant input from
in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, a step change in the number of vessels its appointed Project Manager and a
Canada, and elsewhere are also meeting that classification is applied to.” growing team of surveyors.
client expectations,” Simpson explains. In addition, the fourth Type 45
Delivering all of this has meant Targeted seminars destroyer for the UK Royal Navy has
increases in resources at the UK Ministry As ABS has highlighted, communicating now been launched, and construction of
of Defence (MoD) Naval Liaison Office in the concepts and philosophies that the two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD)
Bristol, with 16 staff now fully committed underlie naval classification still ships for the Royal Australian Navy has
to both the Royal Navy and other navies requires significant effort, and with started in Ferrol, Spain, with a growing
where local liaison offices have not yet this in mind, Lloyd’s Register has number of dedicated surveyors starting
been established. presented papers at several conferences to work in the Navantia shipyard. In
Input to the Naval Ship Code (NSC) recently. “We are also now delivering Australia and New Zealand, Lloyd’s
has included direct contributions to targeted seminars to navies who want Register is starting to see the first
working groups involved in drafting the to understand in more detail how deliveries of the OPV and IPV vessels
document, and the provision of secretarial to integrate classification with their for the Royal New Zealand Navy.
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