"While there can be no room for complacency, we must look to defend the marine industry's self-regulating system that possesses all the capability to deliver world-class performance", said David Moorhouse, chairman, Lloyd's Register, speaking at the Seatrade Safe Shipping conference, London. "Large elements of the industry are at last beginning to work together to find a common and appropriate way forward. They are strengthening their individual links, and more importantly are evaluating how their actions affect others and the overall strength of the safety chain.”
"There is no doubt that classification is today an important link in the chain that anchors this industry to the principles of a safe and effective environment. The industry relies on classification for its unique expertise, gained by heavy inward investment that no individual owner, operator or flag could or would want to afford in support of their individual fleet. It is however important that we recognize an effective chain as one that has, and is transparently seen to have, no weak links. When an owner fails to maintain his ship, where a flag does not enforce the requirements of the international conventions, or where a classification society is seen to be weak, tough and immediate action is required. The industry should not tolerate weak links in the safety chain.
Moorhouse concluded: "If we want to change the status quo we must ensure that all the links in the chain have the required strength so that the chain itself can effectively resist all the stresses of the industry. This takes a great deal of commitment and will require intolerance of those who act in ways that cause the chain to weaken".