• 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 January 24

10:47 Monjasa's bunker tanker Accra supplies marine fuel in the Panama Canal
10:29 15 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 23-24
10:04 Port of Gothenburg container volumes up by 17 per cent in 2018
10:00 Brent Crude futures price down 0.36% to $60.92, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $52.43
09:41 Wilhelmsen Ship Management selected as the manager for Pardus Energy’s FSRU
09:37 Matthieu de Tugny takes helm at BV's Marine & Offshore division
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 982 points

2019 January 23

18:27 Planning for 2020 IMO's sulphur cap has already started
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17:40 Andrei Malyarov elected as Chairman of Severnaya Verf shipyard's BoD
17:19 RWE files acquisition of renewables businesses of E.ON and innogy with European Commission
17:03 The Board of Directors of Fincantieri appoints a second General Manager
16:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Arkhangelsk come into effect on February 15
16:37 USCG interdicts smuggling boat with convicted criminals aboard off Florida
16:24 Regulatory issues related to operation of seaport infrastructure facilities to be discussed at the 2nd HES and Dredging Congress
16:08 First discharge of LPG from Ichthys LNG Project in Japan carried by “K” LINE’s VLGC “GRACE RIVER”
16:03 CMA CGM to launch its Med Pendulum Service (MPS)
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15:33 Nakilat – Keppel welcomes first FSRU at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard
15:28 MHI Vestas achieves final turbine installation at Horns Reef 3
15:18 Rolls-Royce completes €57 million upgrade of Rauma thruster facility
15:03 NYK announces delivery of new coal carrier for Hokkaido Electric Power
14:33 Port of Oakland reports more ships than ever plugging into grid
14:20 Throughput of Port Vysotsky up 10.7% to 7.89 million tonnes in 2018
14:03 Kiel welcomes the TUI Cruises newbuilding
13:45 Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard lays down large freezing trawler of Project СТ-192
13:27 Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker arrives at Antarctica
13:02 Rotterdam as a circular hub for the raw materials transition
12:58 The Russian Federation accedes to passenger compensation treaty
12:51 New initiatives to strengthen Singapore as a global maritime hub announced
12:37 SCHOTTEL presents new mechanical hybrid propulsion solution
12:04 Port of Riga cooperates with Balarusian forest industry to further increase its timber cargo volumes
11:42 15 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 22-23
11:16 OSG exercises option for second 204,000 barrel barge at Gunderson Marine
10:55 Maritime Security & Offshore Patrol Week 2019 to be held for the first time ever in Dubai, UAE by IQPC Middle East
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10:20 Responsibilities for implementation of state programmes of the Russian Federation divided between Deputy Prime Ministers
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09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,036 points

2019 January 22

18:25 Elengy prepares the sale of access capacities to the Fos Tonkin LNG terminal for the period 2021-2030
18:05 Monjasa steps up as the 2nd largest local bunker supplier in the Panama Canal in 2018
17:54 Relampago practices skills with UAE Navy ship
17:35 CalMac takes over the tiller at Argyll Ferries
17:05 NYK gets the highest-rated ‘A’ for Climate Change by CDP Survey
16:42 RF Government proposed candidates to Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port's BoD
16:23 Pilbara Ports Authority achieves a new record tonnage on a single tide at the Port of Port Hedland
15:56 Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam Port Promotion Council renew collaboration
15:46 ICTSI Subic hits milestone 200,000th TEU move
15:44 Growth seen in several sectors at ABP South Wales
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15:22 First ship viaVerbrugge Terminals’ new permanent shipping line with South America docks in North Sea Port
15:00 Meyer Turku delivers New Mein Schiff 2 to TUI Cruises in Kiel
14:41 Jotun looks into expansion of ship coatings production in Russia
14:32 HHLA completes expansion of the container rail terminal Burchardkai
14:19 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
14:02 North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation opens the Port of Mackay for new bulk material trades
13:32 China Navigation to acquire the bulk shipping activities of Hamburg Süd