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Marine and offshore lifting equipment

Helping build safety into lifting equipment.

LR certifies offshore and marine lifting equipment for safer operations.

Ship crane


Offshore and marine cranes and lifting appliances are consider high risk assets. With so many parts holding the potential for failure that can put life and property in peril, these pieces of equipment should be a major focus of safety for manufacturers and asset owners.

Types of cranes in this area include:

  • Derrick and derrick crane systems
  • Launch and recovery appliances for survival craft and rescue boats
  • Launch and recovery systems for diving operations
  • Lifts and ramps
  • Offshore pedestal cranes

What regulations are there?

Many countries have requirements about the design and ongoing inspection of marine and offshore cranes and lifting equipment. 

There are no IMO regulations that govern offshore cranes and lifting equipment. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has Convention 152, "Register of lifting appliances and items of loose gear," which is a recommendation that has only been ratified by 25 countries. 

Lifting appliances on board ships and offshore rigs are not considered assets that need to be classed, however they can fall under optional class rules.

For ships not under class, we can also certify their cranes according to a variety of standards, including API 2C, LAME, and EN standards.

Why choose LR?

Lloyd's Register has been involved in the inspection and regulation of marine and offshore cranes for decades, first publishing the "Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment" some thirty years ago. 

LR can inspect and certify marine and offshore cranes according to this code. Our certification procedure applies to 98% of all ships' lifting appliances, and is accepted around the world. 

Some lifting appliances may also fall under EC Directives; choosing LR as your certification provider will make sure that your appliance, ship or rig is not only in full compliance, but also will operate safely.

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