• 2018 December 18 17:43

    Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth enters LR class

    The largest warship to be built in Britain, the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was officially welcomed into Lloyd’s Register (LR) class earlier this year in a ceremony in Portsmouth dockyard. Nick Brown, LR Marine & Offshore Director, presented the class certificates to the ship’s Commanding Officer, Captain Kyd, the classification society said in its press release.

    LR has been part of this project since its inception, providing a high level of support, guidance and approvals to help meet the Royal Navy’s goal to design and build a safe and reliable platform to serve the UK for the next 50 years. The technical challenges associated with the design and construction of such a complex ship engaged a wide range of technical skills and experience within LR.

    Many LR surveyors and specialists have worked directly on the surveys of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier under its Naval Ship Rules. A number of other LR specialists have also been involved with the design approval, specialist technical support and certification of equipment and components.

    Mark Dannatt, Project Director for the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers, said: “Securing LR Class for HMS Queen Elizabeth is the culmination of 12 years of joint working between LR and the ACA. The utilisation of LR’s vast experience to assure the design and construction standard of the QE Class has been of tremendous benefit to the MoD and gives us increased confidence for her safe and reliable performance in the decades to come.”

    Nick Brown commented: “HMS Queen Elizabeth was recommended for entry into LR Class earlier this year, and issued with Certificates from Lloyd’s Register and the Naval Authority. This was a major milestone in the project and effectively the ship’s licence to operate for decades to come on the high seas. I am enormously proud that LR have had a part to play in this epic success story.”

    LR’s Naval Business Manager Paul James said: “Many people within LR have contributed to this project; including our structures team influencing the complex design, the site teams ensuring consistency across multiple locations, the technical investigation team providing support to the shaft line design, as well as other specialists across the globe ensuring equipment compliance and many in the UK supporting sea trials.”

    LR made a significant contribution to the design, integrity and reliability of the ship and will stay with her for the next 50 years, providing a unique service as part of the waterside support team ensuring smooth daily operation and planning for cost effective and efficient future maintenance and upkeep periods. This will be in addition to LR’s usual year-round service for periodical class and statutory surveys and inspections, for continued compliance and safety.

    Nick Brown added: “We look forward to staying with the ship for the next 50 years, embedded in the waterfront support team. This aircraft carrier is now, officially, Lloyd’s A1!”

    History of the project

    In 2001, LR was invited to provide consultative work on the early carrier concepts, looking at the hull structure and propulsion systems. The hull presented many unique challenges that LR’s experts helped solve through their knowledge and experience of working with numerous ship types.

    When the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) was formed in 2006, LR entered into a contract to start work on the appraisal and approval of the ship’s design. LR provided continued and consistent support assessing the design iterations as required by the ACA, the MoD and successive National Defence Reviews.

    The ship was constructed across six sites in the UK and LR provided support at each build location. Equipment has been surveyed and certified across the globe; around 4,000 LR certificates have been issued to provide assurance of key items in the supply chain – LR was ideally positioned to support this through its global network of offices.

    LR formed a team with a bespoke management structure that provided onsite build supervision. At its peak, LR had 14 surveyors in six offices across the UK working with the ACA and six different yards and production teams.

    In July 2014, HMS Queen Elizabeth was officially named and then floated out of dock in to the basin to start trails and commissioning activities. Throughout sea trials, LR provided assurance and acceptance as well as having specialist teams looking at specific areas such as the prolusion system or ship structure in the sea going conditions. HMS Queen Elizabeth was commissioned into the Royal Navy, by her name sake, Her Majesty The Queen, in December 2017, and the White Ensign raised.




2019 March 21

13:24 Andrei Chibis appointed Acting Governor of Murmansk Region
13:17 Coast Guard continues to break ice on Penobscot River to start on the Kennebec River
12:00 Steel cut for first short-sea LNG bunker vessel for Eesti Gaas at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China
11:39 15 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 20-21
11:13 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:50 Doha to host Ports & Maritime Evolution, Rail & Logistics Evolution, Road & Logistics Evolution Qatar Assembly & Expo in September’19
10:27 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.16% to $68.61, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $60.24
10:08 MAN receives an order for two-stroke engines from Eastern Pacific Shipping
10:05 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning March, 21
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09:08 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
09:00 PSA, PFR and IFM investors partner to jointly acquire the deepwater container terminal Gdańsk from Macquarie infrastructure and Real Assets, MTAA SUPER, AustralianSuper and Statewide Super
08:36 Port Canaveral starts construction of new Cruise Terminal 3 complex
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2019 March 20

18:00 Insight Into Contemporary Seafaring workshop held at Azerbaijan State Maritime Academy
17:43 Damen Cruise inks first contract with SeaDream Yacht Club
17:34 Wärtsilä prepares solutions for new state-of-the-art Wasaline ferry
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17:08 NOVATEK BoD recommends payment of RR 16.81 per ordinary share as 2018 dividend
16:46 Ukrainian seaports increased cargo handling by 2.5 million tons in January-February
16:22 ABP’s Hull Dry Bulks Terminal marks milestone handling biggest shipment
16:03 IMSSEA hosted “Maritime training and research activities” workshop
15:40 EU NAVFOR supports Somali / Ugandan maritime leadership training exercise course
15:21 Port of Long Beach Survey Director named
14:59 Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications appoints steering group to support reform of Act on Transport of Dangerous Goods
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13:32 TechnipFMC awarded subsea contract for the Equinor Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 development
13:11 BC Ferries reveals 25-year vision for Swartz Bay Terminal
12:49 RF Government approves implementation plan for construction of Kamchatka LNG terminal
12:30 Havyard delivers the third battery-run ferry for the Hareid–Sulesund route to Fjord1
12:04 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S announces the completion of the sale of ordinary shares in Total S.A.
11:48 Draft law on amendments to crab harvest quota distribution submitted by RF Government to State Duma
11:30 Brexit: Port of Rotterdam starts leafleting campaign at ferry-terminals
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09:47 AS Tallink Grupp extends vessel charter agreement
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09:08 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Mar.20.

2019 March 19

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15:12 Royal IHC to design and deliver dredge installations for Van Oord
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14:31 Wight at the forefront of environmental stewardship – Hybrid Explorer Vessel
14:02 Maersk has announced FAK rates from Far East Asia to Mediterranean
13:31 GC Rieber Shipping: Shearwater GeoServices awarded acquisition and processing contract in Turkey
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