Offshore Classification

Classification ensures your offshore asset is designed, constructed and operated in compliance with our internationally recognised Rules for Offshore Units 2014 

It can also meet part of the overall Statutory requirements for an asset, dependant on particular Flag and Coastal State requirements. In areas where goal-setting regulations are in place, classification and compliance with statutory regulation often forms part of the performance standards specified for a unit’s safety critical elements.

In many jurisdictions, classification is a requirement of either Flag or Coastal State regulation.

Offshore classification for new build vessels

Compliance with our Offshore Rules at the new construction stage ensures that your asset benefits from the 250+ years of LR’s experience in the provision of independent technical assurance and provides a well-understood specification recognised by shipyards, regulators and other project stakeholders.

In-service classification for offshore vessels

In-service classification ensures that a unit continues to be maintained in accordance with rule and statutory requirements and that an operator’s own integrity assurance processes are effective. It also provides assurance that the unit continues to be operated in accordance with its design intent.

Units designed, constructed and operated under the rules of other classification societies can also be considered for “Transfer of Class”. Units are maintained “in-Class” via an ongoing programme of survey and testing activities agreed with the operator intended to ensure that compliance with the Offshore Rules is maintained. 

Classification of unique offshore designs

Where rule requirements may not be directly applicable to a particular unit (potentially where it is of unique or innovative design) assets can still be considered for classification, as long as proposed alternative standards are considered by LR to give an equivalent level of safety to the rule requirements.

World’s oldest Classification Society

LR is one of the world’s premier classification societies, and with over 250 years' experience in vessel classification, is widely recognised for its technical excellence and pragmatic approach to the application of our Rules. We are recognised by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and many national regulators worldwide.

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