Lloyd's Register (LR) has collaborated with South Korean firm Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to prepare a safety case for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).

The safety case will be developed for the navy’s maritime sustainment capability (MSC) project in Ulsan, Korea.

HHI MSC project safety and environmental manager T.H. Kim said: “We chose LR because of their competency in naval regulation and classification.

“We were also impressed with the way their teams can support the critical safety case requirements for the size of this project and the environment assessments that are needed to make this project a success.”

The project is expected to leverage LR’s expertise to ensure an enhanced focus on safety and environmental best practices, as well as enable the safety case to acknowledge, prevent or control every potential risk.

"We were impressed with the way their teams can support the critical safety case requirements for the size of this project."

The RNZN’s MSC project focuses on replacing the old and traditional HMNZS Endeavour tanker with a new ship, which is intended to boost the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) maritime replenishment capability at sea.

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This can be achieved by supporting the country’s naval combat force, in addition to vessels belonging to partner nations.

HMNZS Endeavour can also be used to carry out a wide range of missions, including logistics support, maritime sustainment, humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

Additionally, RNZN's 173m-long future fleet replenishment tanker will be capable of operating in Antarctic waters.

The vessel will feature a displacement of 25,271t and have the capacity to accommodate up to 98 personnel, including 64 core crew members, 14 trainees, 11 flight crew, eight mission teams and one VIP.