LLOYD'S Register has launched its unique ShipRight design, construction and lifetime ship care procedures to enhance safety, reliability and cost-effective performance, resulting in more robust ships with longer potential life spans. ShipRight is the culmination of many years' research and development work involving both theoretical and practical studies of all aspects of the structural performance of ships' hulls. It takes into account factors such as the widespread use of high tensile steels, optimisation of hull structures and the need to ensure adequate general and fatigue strength in the new generation of double hull oil tankers and other large complex ships. Covering all stages of a ship's life, ShipRight is a set of eight procedures, supported by a broad range of software tools, including programmes providing design guidance. The ShipRight procedures are: Structural design assessment. Fatigue design assessment. Enhanced scantlings. Construction monitoring. Hull condition monitoring. Protective coatings. Ship event analysis. Ship emergency response. This technically advanced package extends well beyond the normal mandatory requirements for hull classification. Each procedure will carry an appropriate notation in the Register of Ships to demonstrate to the shipping community the builder's and shipowner's commitment to improve safety. Two of the procedures - Fatigue design assessment and hull condition monitoring - are new and unique; others are well established. Collectively, ShipRight provides a comprehensive set of measures to deal authoritatively with today's complex ship structures and address the problems which in recent years have caused concern in the industry. Lloyd's chief ship surveyor, Carry Beaumont, said: ''Capitalising on rapid computer-related technological developments to ensure that our technical services continue to meet the changing needs of the marine industry was one of the key aims of the work that has now come to fruition in ShipRight.'' He said the need to control the optimisation of steel weight during structural design and to confirm the validity of the associated structural details in the context of a ship's fatigue life has intensified in recent years. But ShipRight is much more than a set of advanced structural design assessment techniques; it provides confirmation of required accuracy standards in construction and helps to ensure good maintenance in service, he said. Mr Beaumont concluded: ''ShipRight is currently the only programme of comprehensive measures for ensuring maximum safety throughout a ship's life and demonstrating an owners' commitment to on-going care and maintenance of his ship. ''Our ShipRight procedures bring a new dimension to marine safety, which is complementary to classification. These procedures supplement and support our classification service, and in doing so enhance the high classification standards Lloyd's already maintains.''