Classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) to set up a new technology research centre in Shanghai.
The MoU for the new centre was signed at the start of Marintec China 2019 and study, research and develop marine equipment and technology, including zero-emission vessels to meet the IMO’s decarbonisation targets.
The LR and CSSC research collaboration will look at the use of blockchain and digital twin technologies and will evaluate ship propulsion systems, including various clean energy sources and their certification.
“As the world’s largest ship building 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. CSSC would also like to express our sincere appreciation to Lloyd’s Register for the long-term support and congratulations on the 150 year anniversary of Lloyd’s Register operating in China,” said Lei Fan Pei, CSSC chairman.
CSSC was launched last month merging the existing CSSC with China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC) to form the world’s largest shipbuilding group.
LR and CSSC have also agreed to hold a biennial ‘Global Shipping Forum’ that will coincide with Marintec, to promote discussion around key issues affecting the maritime industry.
Alastair Marsh, LR Group chief executive, 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.”