August 12, 2003

LR gets further Coast Guard authorizations

Lloyd's Register has received additional authorization from the U.S. Coast Guard to survey and certify U.S.-registered ships for the SOLAS Safety Equipment Certificate and the International Certificates of Fitness under the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk and the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gas.

Following these delegations, Lloyd's Register is now able to offer the full range of international statutory survey and certification to all U.S.-registered cargo vessels. These are:

  • International Tonnage
  • International Load Line
  • SOLAS Safety Construction
  • SOLAS Safety Equipment
  • IBC Code
  • IGC Code.

"We are delighted that U.S.C.G. has recognized Lloyd's Register in this manner," says Alan Gavin, Marine Director of Lloyd's Register. "U.S.C.G. has an extremely rigorous delegation process in place, and very few recognized organisations [ROs] achieve this full delegation. After having achieved this long-awaited goal, Lloyd's Register will now be able to offer a 'one-stop shop' in statutory certification for owners and operators of U.S.-flagged vessels."

Lloyd's Register notes that the Coast Guard only gives complete delegation to classification societies that are full members of the International Association of Classification Societies and carries out a full review of competence and procedures before conferring full RO status. Upon receiving complete delegation for these statutory certificates, a classification society may be considered for participation in U.S.C.G.'s Alternate Compliance Program (ACP), a requirement of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1996, which states that USCG may delegate to foreign classification societies, so long as reciprocal delegation is given by other national administrations. Documentation review by U.S.C.G. for ACP authorization is currently in progress.


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