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Naval Ship Rules Launched


New rules for the design, construction and maintenance of naval ships have been launched by Lloyd's Register (LR). LR's Naval Ship Rules have been developed over the last two years in close cooperation with the UK Ministry of Defence, DERA (Defence Evaluation and Research Agency), naval shipbuilders and the defence industry. The new Rules form a comprehensive package for the lifetime care of all naval ship types, covering feasibility studies, design approval, construction and maintenance. Royal Naval ships will be built and maintained to LR class and thus to the standards which apply to modern merchant vessels. The Rules have also been designed to cater for features found uniquely on naval ships such as flight decks, high performance mast structures and structural designs to withstand internal and external blast and shock. The Naval Ship Rules package will deliver the following: Design

  • design procedures customised for each naval ship;
  • requirements for operation in intact and damaged conditions, within clearly defined sea areas with specific roles or unrestricted worldwide operations;
  • optional military notations reflecting performance capabilities for internal air blast, shock enhancement, whipping and fragmentation;
  • requirements to meet internationally recognised standards;
  • inspection during construction by impartial, security-cleared LR surveyors, located around the world;
Maintenance (lifetime care)
  • planned maintenance and condition monitoring schemes that can be tailored to suit the operational requirements of individual navies;
  • periodic visits by LR surveyors to ensure compliance with LR's rules and to monitor the condition of the hull and machinery;
  • regular development of the rules through a programme of R&D based on information from survey reports;
Software tools
  • simplifying the design or optimisation processes;
  • speeding up the design approval and verification process.
More information: Lloyd's Register Sue Powell, Press & PR


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