Lloyd’s Register EMEA IPS (LR) is a global independent risk management and safety assurance organisation that works to enhance safety and to approve assets and systems at sea, on land and in the air. Lloyd’s Register EMEA IPS, its subsidiaries and affiliates provide services designed to help clients around the world to achieve their business goals, while optimising safety and quality, and protecting, even improving, the environment. Within LR the Marine Business participates in technical meetings of the International Association of classification Societies (IACS), currently holding the Association’s chairmanship, contributes to the development of codes for bodies such as the Internal Maritime Organisation (IMO), and helps with the review of ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) standards. LR also acts as a ‘notified body’ for many European Community directives, helping ensure essential product safety rules work properly. To support these activities, LR maintains a marine related research activity, carrier out extensive research and development activities and initiates new standards for quality and safety as the boundaries of knowledge expand.