The largest warship to be built in Britain, the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, built to Lloyd’s Register (LR) class, has arrived in her home port of Portsmouth after two months of sea trials in the North Sea.
LR will continue to provide support on the vessel’s final trials, and is working with the UK’s Ministry of Defence on exploring ways of surveying the ship effectively and efficiently, using innovative methods to assure its integrity and safety.
More than 20 LR surveyors and specialists have worked directly on the surveys of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers under its Naval Ship Rules. A number of other LR specialists have also been involved with the design approval, specialist technical support and certification of equipment and components.
HMS Queen Elizabeth was constructed across six sites in the UK and LR provided support at each build location.
Equipment has been surveyed and certified across the globe, with around 4,000 LR certificates issued to provide assurance of key items in the supply chain, from the casting of steel through to the factory testing.
"Lloyd’s Register is proud to have been associated with the project from its inception,” explains Paul James, LR’s UK naval business manager.
“The technical challenges associated with the design and construction of such a complex ship have engaged the full range of technical skills and experience within LR.
"The LR team have greatly appreciated the collaborative nature of the project, solving technical problems together with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, and developing integrated ways of working that have benefited both the client and LR.
“The duration of the project is unusual but we have been able to provide a consistent support to assure the integrity and safety of the ship.
"We look forward to continuing that support for the next 30 years."