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Launching Type Approval services that work harder

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A new way for clients in the Americas to access Lloyd’s Register’s Type Approval services was launched today at the International WorkBoat Show, Morial Convention Centre, New Orleans.

30 November 2017 – A Type Approval from Lloyd’s Register (LR) demonstrates that your product conforms to recognised industry quality standards, International Conventions and/or the LR Rules, through a process of independent design review, sample testing and verification of production controls.

The new service, FastTrack Type Approval, will offer an easy-to-use online service that is more convenient and a faster route to assurance. Onsite guidance is also provided during any part of the process. This significantly reduces the time taken to issue type approval, with the efficiency saving outweighing any additional cost of this premium service.

The new service is the most recent in a number of significant investments in LR’s capability and support in providing Type Approval services to the marine and offshore industry across the Americas region. Recently, the first ever marine type approval system for cyber enabled components was also announced, providing all the benefits of traditional type approval; reassurance on supply chain quality and robustness within the marine environment, the new procedure will also incorporate consideration to the functioning of a cyber enabled system, such as cyber security.

Graeme Hyde, LR’s Type Approval Business Development Manager, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania commented, “We are committed to continual improvement in order to offer our clients better and a more hands-on service than we have done before. We work with clients from the beginning, identifying any areas that may need attention. FastTrack will allow LR to work with clients at their facility, where we will work with their engineers to ensure the correct approval is undertaken. This helps our clients save time and cost and ensures that all the relevant documentation is in place.”

He added, “We have further Type Approval databases and associated systems upgrades coming soon that will make it even easier to issue certificates and make them available for clients online. It will also automate processes, flag up renewals and make it possible to offer our clients an even more proactive service.”

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