Lloyd's Register (LR) has published the latest edition of its technical journal Marine Bulletin for its marine industry clients. This edition, Issue 1 2000, leads with details on RulesCalc, a new CD-ROM system which enables classification requirements to be integrated with the ship design process, helping to substantially reduce time spent on design and plan approval. Historically, classification checks have been carried out at the end of the design process. RulesCalc allows ship designers to check that classification requirements are being met at all stages.
Marine Bulletin also includes details of the latest developments in LR's safety risk assessment services - the establishment of a Risk Management department as part of LR's Marine Division. The department comprises Ship Emergency Response Service (SERS), Environmental Engineering and Safety Risk Assessment.
Technical articles include a piece on limiting grab discharge damage on bulk carriers - LR survey records have revealed increased evidence of mechanical damage of hold inner bottom ('tank-top') plating on older bulk carriers; and fire protection in ships' machinery spaces. There is also a feature on the harmonisation of statutory surveys and certification.