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Feature 4
Value for money
Demonstrating that classification is
valuable and cost effective has recently
resulted in changes to the manner in
which Lloyd’s Register has been contracted
for services by the UK MoD Afloat
Support IPT. The new contract has both
KPI’s defined for the delivery of services,
but linked with them are incentives, and
penalties, for good or poor performance.
This is likely to be repeated elsewhere
as it allows a navy to build a long-term
commercially prudent relationship with
just one classification society.
Looking to the future, there are many
large and small naval projects under
consideration. Whilst many will be affected
by the current global financial crisis, other
projects are key to dealing with many of
the maritime challenges currently facing
the world, from the scourge of piracy to
the protection of maritime resources.
“At Lloyd’s Register we believe that
activities between class societies and navies
will continue to grow and mature rapidly
towards the point that those visionaries
of 10 years ago knew it would eventually
reach,” Simpson says.
Jean-Francois Segretain, manager,
warships, at Bureau Veritas, agreed that
classification of warships is new but
notes that class is swiftly extending its
support as navies realise the benefits
of building on the expertise available Bureau Veritas, which classed this amphibious vessel Mistral, has also recently extended
from classification societies. In 2008, its class rules to submarines.
for instance, Bureau Veritas moved
into a whole new area, issuing class formally published in 2009, after taking third-party body certifies that the
requirements for naval submarines, and into account feedback from application submarine is built to a recognised and
has increased the input to its rules from by users and interested parties. published set of standards, and that it
senior naval personnel. The rules for classification of submarines complies with international safety and
Bureau Veritas’s Naval Rules were are new in that they cover a new type of vessel environmental standards.
updated in 2006 with new requirements (although, of course, other classification An additional benefit is that by building
covering frigates and aircraft carriers. Then, societies, such as Germanischer Lloyd, have to class rules, designers and yards save
in 2008, Bureau Veritas issued new rules for already published rules for submarines). time and money, and benefit from the
corvettes and submarines, and classification Even so, says Segretain, the aim is the accumulated experience of shipbuilding
studies of newbuilding projects for all these same as all the other rules Bureau Veritas and operation which are incorporated
types of warships are now under way. produces – to protect the safety of the into the detailed rules. The class rules
A major order for the series of Frégate crew and the environment by setting and cover the structure and equipment of
Européenne Multi-Mission (FREMM) class verifying minimum standards. the vessel and are detailed in scope,
frigates building at DCNS for the French As he notes, most submarines today adapted to specifics of each vessel type
and Moroccan Navies will be classed are built under competitive tender and and continuously updated with feedback
by Bureau Veritas, as will the Offshore have to operate in a world that demands from vessels in service. A third benefit is
Multi-role vessel being built by Navantia high standards of safety for the crew and that if classification is maintained during
for the Spanish Navy. The new rules for environmental compliance. For the navy the service life of the vessel, then the navy
naval submarines are available to yards and ordering the submarine classification has independent verification that the
navies already, and will be updated and means that an independent, respected vessel is being correctly maintained.
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