Lloyd's Register (LR) co-operated and assisted during the Formal Investigation into the loss of the m.v. Derbyshire. Investigative work into the loss of this ship has broken new ground, both before the reopening of the Investigation and during it. The forensic work carried out at the wreck site and the assessment of the data gathered enabled conclusions to be drawn and these, together with the exhaustive model tank tests commissioned by the DETR to evaluate sea loadings, should result in significant improvements in safety standards in ships.
LR was particularly pleased to be able to assist in the model tank tests carried out at the MARIN Institute in Holland. These tests, which are under the project management of LR, are probably the most extensive ever carried out for any type of merchant ship and have made a significant contribution towards understanding the behaviour of large bulk carriers in severe storm or typhoon conditions and the loadings the hull and equipment experience forward.
LR will consider carefully his detailed report and its recommendations in association with the other IACS members and will seek to ensure that its recommendations are implemented as a matter of priority. Additionally, LR hopes the Investigation's report will be given prompt and favourable consideration by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and by the shipping community at large, as many of the lessons learned apply to other ship types as well.
Since the loss, in 1980, of the Derbyshire, which was a double hull ore-bulk-oil carrier (OBO), LR and IACS have conducted extensive co-operative research into bulk carrier safety and taken considerable measures to further enhance the safety of this ship type.
LR has been advising the international maritime community of developments and findings of the experts assisting the Derbyshire Investigation at its Web site www.cdlive.lr.org