Lloyd’s Register (LR) has signed an MoU with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) to jointly study, research and develop marine equipment and technology
The MoU covers research into decarbonisation and digitalisation including zero-emissions vessel projects, trends and applications for meeting IMO’s 2050 decarbonisation target. LR and CSSC will establish a Technology Research Centre in Shanghai to address challenges posed by new regulations.
The research collaboration will use blockchain and digital twin technologies to evaluate ship propulsion systems, including those using clean energy sources, and related certification processes. FPSO, FLNG and FSRU design concepts will also be assessed.
The partners will exchange training on cyber security, cruise ship design and applying new energy sources for ships such as hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries.
LR will offer technical support and training for gas carriers including ships carrying LPG, LNG, ethane, hydrogen and ammonia.
CSSC chairman Lei Fan Pei said “The signing of this strategic MoU marks a new era in the co-operation between CSSC and Lloyd’s Register. As the world’s largest shipbuilding group and the world’s leading classification society, this collaboration will contribute significantly to the maritime industry and help address the challenges of the future.”
The partners have also agreed to hold a biennial Global Shipping Forum that aims to promote discussion around key issues affecting the maritime industry.
Lloyd’s Register Group’s chief executive Alastair Marsh said “This MoU, which sees us jointly establish a Technology Research Centre in Shanghai and launch a biennial Global Shipping Forum, will allow us to share our insights and experience so we can both better support the maritime industry in navigating the decarbonisation and digitalisation challenges in the decade ahead.”