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Friday, May 1, 2020 

Lloyd's Register has established a new Naval Liaison Office (NLO) in Sydney, Australia, to provide dedicated Naval classification and assurance services, and technical and project management support to the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal New Zealand Navy, and their respective Departments of Defence, and companies in the wider defence industry with local capability.

LR says that with more navies and defence industry companies and organisations choosing its services, the NLO will support LR’s wider Naval business throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Steve McDowall, LR’s Naval Business Manager for Australasia, who will lead the NLO said: “LR is proud to bring this new, high quality, local capability to strengthen our existing relationships with navies, defence departments and the defence industry in Australasia, and the extensive range of services that LR delivers in providing assurance services to Naval safety and capability management. The new NLO team have a huge naval pedigree and have supported navies and the wider defence community in Australasia for many years. The core capability is built around the management of safety and naval fleets, and also in the design, build and sustainment of future Naval ship classes. It is an extremely bright future for navies in the Australasian region and LR is ready to continue partnering with them for ongoing success with local expertise.”

David Lloyd, LR’s Global Naval Business Director, commented: “Whether it’s the Royal Australian Navy embarking on a considerable newbuilding programme or the Royal New Zealand Navy in the midst of a significant fleet capability upgrade, establishing a Naval Liaison Office in Sydney reinforces LR’s commitment that we are both present and ready to be the classification society partner of choice.”

LR says that its Naval Ship Rules, first developed over 20 years ago, were a turning point for the naval industry and are now used by shipyards around the world and classification Rules are now required in nearly all naval ship specifications.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, McDowall and his new team will be working remotely until safety and travel protocols are lifted and day-to-day operations return to normal.

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