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Technical Matters

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Technical insights from LR – experts you can trust

The Technical Matters series brings you regular opinion and insight from technical experts on a wide range of topics, from enhancing safety to improving asset performance. In each issue, we’ll consider how new regulations, technologies and innovations can be pragmatically and safely applied, weighing up the pros and cons in each case, and focusing on practical, efficient application.

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LR and SDARI partner on the next generation of sustainable ships

Li Tianxiang, Technical Service Office looks at how LR’s classification services give designers the confidence to deliver innovations in sustainable shipping.

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Seb Brindley

Finding balance between safety, capacity and certainty in containership stowage

Seb Brindley, Lead Specialist in container securing at LR, discusses the challenge of achieving optimal containership capacity.

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Hasan Ocakli

Loading containers onto bulk carriers, safely and sustainably

While bulk carriers aren’t designed to carry containerised cargo, the right modifications can make it possible for them to do so safely.

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Erik Mooij

Stepping up to the challenge of pilot ladder safety

Erik Mooij – Group Senior HSES Manager, LR – explores the key challenges with pilot ladders, and how crews can ensure their safe operation at all times.

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Andrew Bennett

New Guidance Notes simplify machinery survey & maintenance evolution

New Guidance Notes for Machinery Survey Arrangements serve as a complementary document that offers advice about operational requirements.

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Yildiz Williams

Early findings from biofuel trials

LR’s Yildiz Williams Lead Marine Consultant of Maritime Performance Services looks at the potential of biofuels and biofuel blends.

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Dr Chris Craddock

EEXI, CIIs, and the route to compliance

Dr Chris Craddock discusses the path towards compliance & the need for a context-sensitive approach to regulations like EEXI & CIIs.

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Ranko Petkovic

Clear waters ahead: the future of glass on superyachts

Ranko Petkovic, Lead Specialist at LR, looks at the challenges of using glass on luxury vessels and how new approaches are helping to tackle age-old challenges.

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Dr Chris Craddock

Carbon, calculations, and compliance: getting ready for EEXI

Dr Chris Craddock explores the implications of EEXI, and why an accurate calculation impacts more than just compliance.

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Ben Densham

Should compliance or strategy drive security in marine and offshore?

Ben Densham critiques compliance driven policy and offers a more strategic approach with LR and Nettitude’s Cyber Security ShipRight Procedures.

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Keith Ivory

Grey Boat Code delivers the best safety for service craft everywhere

Keith Ivory, Lead Specialist at LR, explores the Grey Boat Code and how it takes a contextual approach to service craft safety.

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Jose Navarro

Changing course: overcoming the challenges of an FSRU conversion

Jose Navarro, Global Gas Technology Specialist, takes a detailed look at the issues involved in giving a carrier a new lease of life as an FSRU.

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Heather Hughes

How paint coatings play a major role in vessel performance

Heather Hughes explores the fundamental role that paint coatings play in ensuring that vessels remain seaworthy and performant.

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Colin McKenzie

Technical Integrity Verification offers path to long-term excellence

Colin McKenzie, Senior Project Manager at LR Marine and Offshore, explains the many benefits of TIV, and why its value goes far beyond just compliance.

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Panagiotis Mitrou

Methane slip and the implications for LNG-fuelled shipping

Panos Mitrou – Global Gas Segment Manager at LR – explores the political and environmental aspects of methane.

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Vaibhav Parsoya

Digital twins and the path to a smarter structural health future

Vaibhav Parsoya, Intrapreneur – Digital Solutions Innovation, Marine & Offshore at LR, looks at the growing appetite for digital twins in offshore.

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Mark Haskell

A new way for marine operators to secure emergency survey support

Mark Haskell, LR’s Area Service Delivery Manager for Marine & Offshore in the Americas, discusses the launch of the Urgent Survey Request service.

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Usman Muhammad

A less prescriptive future for shipping maintenance lies ahead

Usman Muhammad, Product Manager - Fuel Advisory at LR, analyses issues and explores actions to avoid costly failures associated with fuel transitions.

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Thomas Aschert

Safety, convenience and innovation in Remote Surveys

Thomas Aschert, Remote Survey Global Operations Manager, Marine & Offshore, discusses how LR intends to continue to innovate in this area.

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Jim Smith

IMO-compliant E-Certificate issuance gathers pace

Jim Smith, Fleet Services Manager at LR Marine and Offshore, discusses the widespread efficiency benefits this digital option delivers.

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Peter Huntley-Hawkins

Software conformity for critical safety systems

Peter Huntley-Hawkins, Principal Specialist at Lloyds’ Register discusses the issues and the importance of LR’s Software Conformity Assessment System (SCA).

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Douglas Raitt

The importance of cold flow properties of very low sulphur fuel oils

Douglas Raitt Regional Advisory Services Manager at LR looks at why it is critical for ship owners to order bunker fuel based on the suitability of its use.

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Yiannis Fytilis

Overcoming shipping challenges by embracing live-streaming technology

Yiannis Fytilis shares his experiences and explores the technical considerations of safely adopting remote survey methodologies.

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Jennifer Riley-James

Maintaining your Inventory of Hazardous Materials

The 31 December 2020 regulatory deadline for Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) requirements may be fast approaching, but it’s not the end of the story.

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