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LR offers shipyard safety courses in North Asia

LR offers shipyard safety courses in North Asia

Seoul: Lloyd's Register Asia (LRA) is offering a new series of training courses for shipowners and shipyards in North Asia designed to improve awareness of shipyard safety.

Initially developed by the UK's Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the course is being delivered by Mark Pavey, group safety officer; Paul Hayes, LRA Asia safety officer; and Duncan Duffy, surveyor in charge in LRA's site office in Samsung Heavy Industries.

The course, which is jointly certified by Lloyd's Register and IOSH, aims to raise awareness of health, safety and environment (HS&E) best practise and contains a module on shipbuilding-industry-specific factors. It not only tests theory comprehension in an examination but also insists on a graded risk assessment of the attendee's workplace.

The first course, which was conducted early this month, boasts a 100% success rate and featured representatives from shipyards such as Samsung Heavy Industries, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, STX Shipbuilding and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. Attendees at the second course included delegates from shipowners like Teekay, BG Group and Qatargas.

Meanwhile, in a move acknowledging the skyrocketing importance of Chinese markets, LRA's Shanghai office was the setting for a recent Board meeting by LR group directors. The meeting, the first to be held in a venue outside Europe, coincided with the signing of a classification contract between LR and the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard for three VLCCs, the yard's first, to be built according to the Common Structural Rules for tankers and delivered in 2009/2010. [24/10/06]