Lloyd’s Register (LR) is increasing its remote survey capability as the COVID-19 pandemic makes access to ships challenging.
It has positioned a global team of remote survey champions to support the use of remote surveys within the marine and offshore industries. LR has offered remote survey capability for many years but says that in recent months requests for remote services have increased.
The team, comprising dozens of dedicated subject matter experts, are located in key marine and offshore hubs around the world including Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Copenhagen, Piraeus, Cadiz, Southampton, Dubai and Singapore.
LR’s remote services are technology agnostic, and it provides an adaptable process to the specific requirements and preferences of its partners. In addition, LR can also provide the advanced “LR Remote App” for clients who do not have a preferred technology to provide the services. The LR Remote app enables survey requests to be coordinated and channelled to our global surveyor network.
“At LR, Remote is about making our people, our expertise and our solutions available remotely as well as physically. Technology is an enabler, but the value continues to be our human expertise and experience. It’s not about relaxing requirements, it’s about adapting and embracing what the digital age empowers us to achieve to provide the equivalence of services remotely. I am so excited to see LR leading the way to keep our clients and the sectors we serve moving,” said James Forsdyke, Marine & Offshore Head of Product Management.
LR Marine & Offshore Director Nick Brown said: “Classification Societies are collectively witnessing accelerated demand for remote surveys, transitioning the way we all provide our services. LR is leading this acceleration through our strengthened remote support, and our dedicated remote survey champions will ensure that our clients work with the people they know and trust as they explore this capability and drive our industry forward.”
Given the increase in demand for remote surveys and the necessity of keeping supply chains operating, LR is actively collaborating with flag states, regulators and other industry partners to drive consistency for remote working practices across the marine and offshore industries to ensure that our services provide a long-term benefit to our clients and the industry.