The UK and EU have yet to finalise the agreement for the UK to withdraw from the EU. Through our involvement and strong relationships with Flag Administrations we are able to stay closely involved with developments.
In the marine sector, we are a EU Recognised Organisation (RO) and are required to be sponsored by a EU Flag (for the purposes of ensuring compliance with Regulation (EC) No 391/2009, Article 8, paragraph 1, dealing with continued proficiency to act as an RO). We previously gained this sponsorship through the United Kingdom, but in May 2017, we agreed with the Danish Maritime Authority to have its sponsorship moved from the UK to Denmark, thereby assuring our ability to continue to act as a EU RO post-Brexit.
Marine Classification Societies with Recognised Organisation status, based in Non-EU Member States, have also been required to obtain sponsorship by an EU Flag outside of the country where they are principally based (in order to ensure compliance with the Regulation).
Although choice of the sponsoring Flag lies with the RO, we have agreed with the UK and Denmark that switching of sponsorship will be finalised in line with the result of Brexit negotiations. In the meantime, we are involving both the UK and Denmark in any EU RO related discussions.
Denmark has formally advised the Commission of the agreement to take on the sponsorship role, which the Commission has acknowledged.
Frequently asked questions:
Will Lloyd's Register continue to provide Recognised Organisation (RO) services for EU Flagged ships after Brexit?
Yes, we are and will remain an EU RO after Brexit. Sponsorship is only required for the purposes of ensuring compliance with Regulation (EC) No 391/2009, Article 8, paragraph 1, dealing with continued proficiency to act as an RO. Practically speaking, this only involves oversight by the sponsoring Flag of EMSA inspections of the RO and any findings they make.
Will Brexit affect surveys and certification of my ships?
No, surveys and certificates for EU27 Flagged ships, conducted and issued by us on behalf of the Flag, will remain wholly unaffected. Additional surveys will not be necessary, nor will the reissue of any statutory Certificate.
Similarly, our authorisation as a UK RO will be unaffected.