Ships that travel on international waters must be classified. We will handle permits and assembly of the glass construction with the classification authorities. Classification takes place according to the guidelines of the classification authorities, such as Germanischer Lloyd, Lloyd's Register of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, American Bureau of Shipping, etc. Classification confirms the adherence to all statutes and guidelines for construction and materials.
Then comes the classification evaluation:
The classification authority examines the construction calculations performed in accordance with requirements, adherence to guidelines for design and material, and the construction drafts. The classification authorities orient themselves with legal requirements and the latest technical developments. One result of our collaboration with the authorities is the standardised examination of glass thickness based on guidelines and regulations. We always attempt to decrease glass thickness, and have been able to achieve positive results in recent years. Thinner glass results not only in a reduction of the total ship weight, it also provides other benefits with regards to fuel consumption and the associated energy efficiency. We are surely one of the few glass system suppliers that can attest to such a balance.
Testing / Inspection
We determine glass strength in our in-house research and development through various testing procedures. We use our own testing devices to examine hydrostatic effects as well as the strength and durability of the glass. In our very own climate chamber and UV testing facility constructed just for this purpose, we can prove the suitability of materials, such as adhesives, sealants or intermediate layers. In addition, our functional glass, such as the fire safety glass, undergoes special safety testing.