Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Software Available To Test Bulk Freight Carriers and Oil Tankers

British and American Joint Project to Assess Vessel Design
Shipping News Feature

US – UK – Houston based international marine classification society ABS has joined forces with independent assurance experts Lloyds Register to announce the release of jointly-developed software that will be used to assess freight vessels, specifically bulk carriers and oil tankers designed to comply with IACS Common Structural Rules (CSR). The common software draws upon the technical strengths of ABS and Lloyd's Register and will be used to evaluate new designs presented to either society.

Recognizing the strengths of their collaborative efforts and to demonstrate commitment for consistency, ABS and LR also announce the establishment of Common Structural Rules Software, LLC – a joint company with offices in Houston and London. The entity will maintain the newly released software and develop new common software which will assess vessels designed to comply with the harmonized CSR that will be submitted for industry review in 2012.

Yesterday CSR Software was officially released to the shipping industry with an announcement that training sessions will be offered in key maritime locations, initially scheduled to occur in Shanghai, China. The common software is available for download HERE and technical software support will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Richard Sadler, Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s Register Group commented:

“This is what shipowners, designers and shipbuilders need. We can only obtain consistency in CSR calculations through common software. We very much hope that other classification societies will join this common project.”

ABS Chairman and CEO Robert D. Somerville added:

“I am pleased that the strategy laid out a decade ago is achieving our objectives. First was the development of the CSR which was completed in 2005. It was always our vision that the next step would be the common software that we announce today. Since many ship owners have also been requesting common software, this is truly an important milestone. The joint venture will hopefully help to drive the final step – the adoption of common software by other societies. It is ABS’ and Lloyd’s desire that other societies join in this initiative.”

Photo: Lloyd's Register Chief Executive Richard Sadler (left) signs the agreement with ABS Chairman and CEO Robert D. Somerville (right)]