Lloyd's Register has released its updated Submersibles and Dive Systems Rules. The Rules set standards for design, construction and lifetime maintenance of submersible units and dive systems.

The Rule set covers manned and un-manned submersible craft, diving bells, habitats, containers, decompression chambers and hyperbaric systems.

"To keep pace with changes in technology, market trends and new legislation, we are dedicated to an on-going programme of research and development to enhance existing technical standards and to publish new Rules on an annual basis. We released an updated Rule set in December 2015. The July release means that all of our Rule sets are aligned and updates are released at the same time of the year and on an annual basis," said Garry Lyon, Technical Lead and Rule owner at Lloyd's Register.

"We work closely with industry to develop and improve the Rules that are proven to be industry best practice and leading edge engineering principles. We meet annually with our Technical Committee to ensure that we keep up-to-date with new trends, and get industry feedback."

Members of the Technical Committee include Drass, Subsea7, Technip, JFD, IMCA, Mimir Marine, IHC Merwede, Hydro Group and Bibby.

This year's updates have focused on the usability of the Rules set.

"It is essential for our Rule set to be easy to use by our clients. We have just one Rule set for Submersibles and Dive Systems and now a comprehensive matrix has been added to help the reader navigate their way through with ease," described Lyon.