Friday, May 14, 2010

Lloyd's Register of Shipping Granted Recognition By Japan

UK Group Honoured by Award of Official Status
Shipping News Feature

JAPAN – In a ceremony held yesterday representatives from Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, celebrating their 250th anniversary this year as a registry, accepted their official certificate of registration as the first foreign class society authorised by the Japanese government. Lloyds have been registering vessels built to their standards in Japan since 1888 and Chris Walters, Lloyd's Register’s Marine Operations Director was plainly delighted as he accepted the status of Recognised Organisation by the Japanese government meaning Lloyd’s are granted delegated responsibility for statutory surveys and permission to issue statutory certificates. Prior to the authorisation of Lloyd’s Register, only Class NK, the domestic classification society and fellow IACS member, has held such recognition.

“Lloyd’s Register is extremely proud to secure authorisation from the Japanese government after many months of preparation, documentation and audit and we take very seriously the responsibilities assigned to us, said Mr Walters, adding “Lloyd’s Register currently provides leading Japanese operators with a genuinely international classification service through our global survey network and we are pleased that these services can now be extended to cover Japanese-flagged ships. We look forward to supporting the growth of the Japanese flagged fleet and remain confident that Lloyd’s Register can make a positive contribution to its safe and responsible operation.”

The ceremony was held at the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). Mr Ono, the Director-General of the Maritime Bureau of MLIT presented the official certificate of registration who congratulated Lloyd’s Register and expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by both parties to achieve this important outcome. He acknowledged the strong international reputation of Lloyd’s Register and wished the society success in supporting the growth of the Japanese flagged fleet, adding “We expect strong relations between the Japanese government and Lloyd’s Register with open communication and sharing of information.”

Recognition comes at the end of a comprehensive review of Lloyd’s Register’s organisation and operations by the Japanese government and takes place against a background of a government-planned expansion of the Japanese fleet over the next five years. The process required a formal change of policy by the Japanese government, to ensure Lloyd’s Register would be eligible to receive formal recognition. An extensive process of ‘due diligence’ followed, which included a series of audits of Lloyd’s Register’s offices in Japan and at its London Office to ensure compliance with the Japanese government’s criteria for acceptance.

Photo: Mr. Yoshikiyo Ono presents Mr. Chris Walters with the official certificate.