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LR and Türk Loydu sign co-operation agreement

Istanbul:  Lloyd's Register and Turkish classification society Türk Loydu have signed an agreement to help enhance maritime safety and encourage technical excellence. The agreement encompasses the classification of ships and mobile offshore units during new construction and in operation, certification of materials and components, EU Directive appraisal and verification, management systems certification, consultancy, research and development, technical training and information technology.

The companies have also signed the first contract under the new agreement for dual-classing of a 117-metre IMO Ship Type 2 chemical tanker, to be built in a Turkish shipyard for the local shipowner ASLI. The vessel will be assigned Lloyd's Register's ballast water management descriptive note and Environmental Protection notation.

Alan Gavin, LR marine director (pictured), says: "Our two organisations have formed this agreement in the recognition that technology transfer and technical co-operation will benefit the Turkish maritime community. Türk Loydu is an ideal organisation for us to collaborate with, as we have a similar objective - to help enhance the safety of the maritime industry through the provision of quality services provided by highly trained surveyors and auditors."

Lloyd's Register has been present in Turkey since 1885 when its office in Istanbul was first established. Lloyd's Register currently classes 67 ships owned or managed by Turkey-based owners and operators.  [23/02/07]

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