Lloyd's Register releases updated rules for submersibles and dive systemsLegislation and Procedures // January 13, 2016
Lloud's Register has released updated Rules for the Classification of Submersibles and Dive Systems. The rule set was approved by the class societty's submersibles and diving systems technical committee, which includes representatives from industry leaders such as Technip, SubSea7, JamesFisher Defence, Hydro Group, Mimir Marine, IHC Hytech, DRASS Technologie and IMCA.
The new rules set appropriate classification standards for design, construction and lifetime maintenance of a number of unit types including dive complexes (such as habitats and dive bells), manned submersibles, dive suits, compression/decompression chambers and hyperbaric rescue/transfer systems.
Garry Lyon, Lloyd's Register's lead for submersibles and diving system technical requirements, said: "This major update provides one set of Rules, giving industry a single set of standards which designers, builders and operators can apply to multiple asset types with similar characteristics. This philosophy will allow Lloyd's Register to continue to enhance the usability of these Rules over the coming months, with the next stage being their incorporation into Lloyd's Register's updated Rulefinder application. This will enable users to focus and arrange requirements which are relevant to a specific asset type. We have also taken the opportunity to harmonise periodic survey schedules with those for ships, providing cost and logistical benefits for LR Classed units."
Richard Nott, VP for Technical Development, and Committee Chair, said: "I am extremely proud that, following extensive engagement with industry through the Technical Committee, we are now able to publish our new set of Rules for Submersibles and Diving Systems. I look forward to continuing working with colleagues and committee members in developing these still further over the coming months and years, ensuring that they remain a leading source of guidance."