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150 Years Lloyd's Register in Germany

For Generations. Side by Side.

Germany 150 years

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150 years of Lloyd's Register in Germany, that's a century and a half of relationships between companies and people, employees, customers and business partners. Many of these connections have existed for generations.

The world has changed over the last 150 years, and we have all changed with it. Together, side by side, we have always met new challenges. For 150 years, we have been using our resources and curiosity to make our customers ready for the future.

We have always remained true to our core values: We care for each other, for our customers and for the environment. We share our expertise with each other, with our customers and with all our business partners.

We would also like to share our joy about 150 years of Lloyd's Register Germany with you on these pages - with our customers, our partners and all our colleagues, some of whom are also celebrating their anniversary at Lloyd's Register this year. Here's to the next 150 years!


Ever since the first European seafarers set out to conquer the world's oceans, it has been the driving force of ever-faster change.

And with every step humanity takes further into the future, we in Germany have been by its side for 150 years.

Find out more about what 150 years of Lloyd's Register in Germany is about


Maritime Milestones for 150 years.

The 19th century

The 20th century

The 21st century


Lloyd's Register opens first German office

C. F. Steinhaus Iron Ships Report for Hamburg, 1871, Ernst Voss

Lloyd's Register decided to capitalize on the creation of a new Germany and opened the first office in Hamburg in 1871. The first non-exclusive surveyor was Carl Ferdinand Steinhaus, a well-known shipbuilding engineer from Hamburg.

A few years later another influential person, Ernst Voss was employed by Lloyd’s Register at Hamburg as an engineer surveyor. He founded Blohm and Voss, which later became world famous, and this led to his decision to leave Lloyd’s Register in 1877. Lloyd’s Register carried out many surveys for Blohm and Voss, and the two companies maintained a very good relationship.


First set of rules for steel ships published

Sailing ship 1886

This decade saw major innovation within shipbuilding and engineering including the transition from iron to steel. The first LR Rules and Regulations for steel ships were published in 1888. The international shipbuilding industry received fresh impetus and Germany especially achieved internationally acknowledged results.


Boom in shipping leads full order books

Zeichnung der PREUSSEN

Hamburg was the second largest port in Europe, after London, and third largest worldwide. Ships were increasing in size and the boom in shipping and shipbuilding resulted in full order books for classification societies. LR improved its presence in all German seaports with shipyards. In 1902 LR classed PREUSSEN, the only five-masted sailing ship ever built. She was built at J.C Tecklenborg Yard, Bremerhaven for F. Laeisz, Hamburg and the ship were the largest and fastest sailing ship in the world at the time.


Stabilisation in the post-war years

AMERKIALAND built in 1924 at Deutsche Werft, Hamburg.

By 1920 business had stabilized once again. There were several interesting and valuable newbuildings with LR classification in German yards during the 1920s. An example is the LR-classed AMERIKALAND which was built in 1924 at Deutsche Werft, Hamburg for Broströms Rederi in Sweden. AMERIKALAND and her sister ship SVEALAND were the world’s largest motorships at the time.


Economic crisis and collaboration

HUSSAR – in SEA CLOUD umbenannt und heute noch in Betrieb

The New York stock exchange collapse in 1929, resulted in a long and very difficult crisis. Germanischer Lloyd at this point received the status of a governmental authorized classification society. Lloyd’s Register expected business to decline particularly with the changing political climate of Germany and the country’s desire to be self-sufficient. However, German shipyards and shipping companies continued to do business with Lloyd’s Register. In 1931 the first diesel electric propulsion system was installed on the HUSSAR, built at Krupp-Germania shipyard in Kiel for E.F. Hutton and classed with Lloyd’s Register.


Lloyd's Register increasingly active in the industrial sector

Plan for Donkey Boiler for Topeka, 1924

The surveillance of a large oil refinery in the Middle East marks first steps into diversifying Lloyd’s Register´s portfolio. Since this project Lloyd’s Register has extended its activities to all world industries. Typical activities were material tests, surveys and inspections of complicated industrial equipment. These activities were bundled in the LR Industrial Division.


Lloyd's Register offices reopened after World War 2

Building in 1940s

Lloyd's Register had to cease operations in Germany during the Second World War and ensure that British citizens working in Germany could get back to London. The offices in Hamburg and Düsseldorf were destroyed in the bombings but staff were able to save documents. In 1947 the Lloyd’s Register office re-opened in Hamburg.


Lloyd's Register continues to grow in Germany

In the years following the Second World War, Lloyd’s Register became a reliable partner to the German industry and its international clients, and this led to a growth in activities and a continuous increase in the number Lloyd's Register offices and employees.


Lloyd’s Register establishes German Committee

German commitee inauguration meeting

In 1964 Lloyd’s Register inaugurated its German Committee, facilitating greater understanding of local needs and conditions. To this day the German Committee is an important forum in our relationship and liaison with the German maritime hub.


Technical Support Office opened in Hamburg

New plan approval office opened in Hamburg. During early 70s 1.2 mill tons gross ship-newbuildings under construction to LR class at German Yards including the latest series of large high-speed container ships TOKYO BAY and LIVERPOOL BAY.

Late 1990s

Leading in classification of yachts

Yacht in 1990

Lloyd's Register became leading in yacht classification in Germany. LR-classed luxury yacht LADY MOURA was built in 1990 at Blohm+ Voss. 20 years later Lloyd’s Register classed the famous superyacht ECLIPSE, also built at Blohm+Voss. At the time it was the world’s longest yacht with its 162.5 meter.

Early 2000s

Quality Assurance Scheme for Shipping developed

The Quality Assurance Scheme was developed. The scheme allows for a mix of approaches to survey of machinery components and equipment products. Under the QAM Scheme, Lloyd’s Register considers the extent to which manufacturing processes and control procedures ensure conformity with the applicable requirements of LR’s Rules, technical specifications and any other applicable standards or codes.


LR awarded contract for governmental vessels

Lloyd's Register participates in a tender process with the German Government for a frame agreement for classification work on their seagoing vessels. In September 2016 Lloyd’s Register was awarded the order and transfer of class for 67 vessels began in early 2017.


Ship management software and additive manufacturing

Hanseaticsoft logo

The Lloyd's Register Group is investing in the Hamburg-based provider of ship management software Hanseaticsoft in order to provide customers with the best possible support for their digital transformation.

Lloyd's Register participates in a tender process with the German Government for a frame agreement for classification work on their seagoing vessels. In September 2016 Lloyd’s Register was awarded the order and transfer of class for 67 vessels began in early 2017.


Digital compliance solutions introduced

Painting of rigged ship

The four-masted barque PEKING returns to Hamburg in February 2018. Lloyd's Register offers insight into the company archives and shares historical documents about the history of the four-masted barque PEKING with the "Friends of the Four-Masted Barque PEKING". The documents provide information about the barque's construction at Blohm + Voss, Lloyd's Register's many inspections at home and abroad and the ship's numerous voyages. The four-masted barque set off on her maiden voyage from Hamburg around Cape Horn to Valparaiso on 22 June 1911. After more than 100 years, the ship is now returning to Germany, where it will be restored before finding its final berth in Hamburg's museum harbour.

At the Hamburg SMM, Lloyd's Register is presenting LR Digital Compliance, one of its first digital services, and taking on the role of an industry pioneer in digitalisation. The digital compliance framework helps shipping companies increase vessel reliability and resilience while reducing maintenance costs, operational risks and total cost of ownership. This is the first time an asset health management system based on digital twins has been approved for marine applications in collaboration with GE.


Remote solutions increasingly popular

2020> Der Umstieg auf die Remote Inspektion von Lloyd’s Register brachte für einen globalen Öl- und Gasindustrielieferanten Vorteile.

The Corona pandemic will lead to a hard lockdown from March 2020. Lloyd's Register has been conducting remote surveys, inspections and audits for years and is therefore in an excellent position to maintain business operations. Virtual trainings gain traction after initial hesitation.

LR classifies sophisticated LNG-powered governmental vessels

The shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen starts building multi-purpose vessels for the German government. These technically very sophisticated vessels run exclusively on liquefied natural gas (LNG), also as emergency tugs, in chemical and oil salvage, firefighting and other emergency operations. Lloyd's Register has been commissioned to classify the three LNG-powered vessels.


Decarbonisation in the shipping industry

Aerial shot of Oldendorff tanker

As the need to decarbonise the shipping industry becomes more pressing, Lloyd’s Register engages in more JDP’s with key clients such as 100-year-old bulk carriers company Oldendorff Carriers. This particular JDP was signed between Anemoi, Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute and Lloyd’s Register to develop a wind-assisted propulsion solution for Dry Bulk Carriers. The case study breaks down significant barriers for the installation of rotor sails technology and paves the path for commercial-ready applications across the industry in the short-term. If the project results, - scheduled for completion in 2022- turns out favorable, then Oldendorff Carriers will decide whether the rotor sails will be applied to one of their vessels for a sea.


2021 LR marks its 150 years in Germany

Lloyd’s Register celebrates 150 years of Lloyd’s Register in Germany. This stands for 150 years full commitment to the German market. It is also the year where LR decides to focus growth on the maritime industry with an expanded role and service offering in order to become the trusted partner in our clients’ green and digital transformations.

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