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150 Years of Lloyd's Register in Germany

For Generations. Side by Side.

150 years LR in Germany
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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 like to share our joy of 150 years of service in Germany and our pride in our owner the Lloyd's Register Foundation with whom we share the same mission: making the world a safer place.

Thank you

LR’s history is one of people, partnership and innovation. We have worked with the maritime industry in making important transitions through more than 150 years and we will continue to do so side by side.

A warm thank you to our colleagues for their dedication and to all our customers for their trust the past 150 years. Here’s to the next 150 years and beyond.

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

At SMM in Hamburg Lloyd’s Register introduced one of its first digitalised classification services LR's Digital Compliance as the very first Classification Society to operate in this space. With the approval for General Electric, this was the first ever approval of a digital twin health management systems for marine applications.


Remote solutions increasingly popular

2020 remote solutions

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

2020 LNG

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.


LR marks its 150 years in Germany

2021 LR 150 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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