February 23, 2007
LR signs cooperation agreement with Turkish society
Lloyd's Register and Turkish classification society Turk Loydu have signed a wide-ranging cooperation agreement. It covers the classification of ships and mobile offshore units during new construction and in operation, certification of materials and components, EU Directive appraisal and verification, management systems certification, consultancy, research and development, technical training and information technology.
The first contract under the new cooperation agreement is a dual-classing arrangement for a 117-m IMO Ship Type 2 chemical tanker, to be built in a Turkish shipyard for the Turkish shipowner ASLI. The ship will be assigned Lloyd's Register's ballast water management descriptive note and Environmental Protection notation.
Alan Gavin, Marine Director, Lloyd's Register, says: "Turkey is rapidly developing into a major hub for shipping, ship new construction and related maritime services. Our two organizations have formed this agreement in the recognition that technology transfer and technical cooperation will benefit the Turkish maritime community. Turk Loydu is an ideal organisation for us to collaborate with, as we have a similar objective - to help enhance the safety of the maritime industry through the provision of quality services provided by highly trained surveyors and auditors."
Prof. Dr A Yuecel Odabasi, Chairman of the Board, Turk Loydu, says: "This agreement will enable us to pool our expert resources to deliver high-quality classification and certification services through a global network. We envisage that the co-operation will include regular high-level meetings between ourselves and Lloyd's Register to review on-going work and to explore the possibilities for extending the scope of our co-operation in the future."
Lloyd's Register currently classes 67 ships owned or managed by Turkey-based owners and operators.