New Marine Lifting Equipment Code Published By LR

The first comprehensive code covering all lifting appliances intended for marine applications has been published by Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

Entitled "Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment," LR officials claim it is the first design standard in its field, p r o v i d i n g requirements for a range of lifting appliances such as ships' cranes and derricks, offshore and floating cranes, launch and recovery systems for diving operations, lifts, ramps, and mechanical lift docks.

The chapter dealing with offshore cranes and submersible launching and recovery systems, LR states, fulfills a need in the offshore industry for guidance on environmental factors affecting such equipment. This is also the first time that the society's certification requirements have been established for floating cranes, mechanical lift docks, and shipboard lifts and ramps.

The code contains procedures to meet both the requirements of national governments for the certification of ships' cargo gear, and the requirements, where applicable, for the classification of marine lifting equipment.

Coinciding with the issue of the code, Lloyd's Register has introduced new class notations covering lifting equipment of all kinds installed on ships. In the case of specialized vessels such as floating cranes, offshore crane barges, and diving support ships building to LR class, the lifting equipment will automatically be included in the classification of the vessel starting in December 1981. In addition, optional class notations have been introduced for shipboard cranes, derricks, passenger and vehicle lifts, and ramps installed on board LRclassed ships.

The new code, which supersedes the existing "Code of Practice for the Construction and Survey of Ships' Cargo Handling Gear," is available from Lloyd's Register's Printing House, Garrett House, Manor Royal, Crawley England, or from LR's local offices.

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