Monday, March 22, 2010

Lloyd's Register Accelerates Clearance Of Haitian Aid Ship

Important Addition to World Food Programme
Shipping News Feature

USA / HAITI – Lloyd’s Register, the internationally renowned assurance group, have been working around the clock alongside the US Coast Guard and vessel management company International Shipping Partners of Miami to get one special ship ready for sailing.

The Sea Voyager, which has been accepted into Lloyd’s Register following two weeks of sea trials in Florida, is to provide accommodation for World Food Programme (WFP) staff engaged in relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Haiti.

Kenneth Engstrom, Executive Vice President at International Shipping Partners, praised Lloyd’s Register North America for bringing the vessel, which had been laid up since 2002, up to spec in such a short timeframe: “We have found Lloyd's Register to be the most efficient and organized option for classing passenger ships, and we have a very close relationship with the Passenger Ship Support Center in Miami,” he said.

“Conducting the sea trials quickly and thoroughly required everyone involved to work together and stay focused on the main goal: to get a safe and compliant ship to Haiti as soon as possible,” says John Hicks, Manager of the Passenger Ship Support Center, Miami.

“Through mutual respect and teamwork, we were able to achieve our goal and send a much-needed resource to the WFP workers in Haiti.”

(pic: the Sea Voyager)