LLOYD'S Register is 100 years old in Hong Kong this month. The company posted its first sole ship and engineer surveyor in Hong Kong. Since then 100 exclusive surveyors have been employed in the Hong Kong office. There are now 10. Periodical survey work accounts for 70 per cent of the register's business in Hong Kong, with 550 ships surveyed in the past 12 months. Intermediate and enhanced survey programmes have led to an increased work load in connection with thickness gauging and steel renewals as owners seek to advance special survey while visiting the port. Hong Kong's repair yards are gearing up for increased business. Hong Kong United Dockyard has this year taken delivery of a new floating dock with a lifting capacity of 40,000 tonnes. At Yiu Lian Dockyards, which recently carried out a hull renewal and installed a new boiler on the livestock carrier Al Kuwait, the docks have been upgraded. At the same time, activity has increased along the Pearl River delta at Shekou and Chiwan where new repair facilities are attracting ships with their low costs. New marine work for the register includes a certification contract for a new synchrolift to be installed at the new Government Dockyard at Stonecutters Island. The register is also involved in assisting owners and operators to implement safety management systems, offering advisory services and training courses. Industrial work includes the inspection of about 80 existing cranes at Modern Terminals, as well as the certification of 24 new gantry cranes and six new quayside cranes. Forty companies have been certified to ISO 9000 standards in the past year, with 40 more undergoing or awaiting assessment.