Lloyd’s Register and CSSC will hold a biennial ‘Global Shipping Forum’ as part of their agreement (Image: Lloyd’s Register)
Lloyd’s Register and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly research and develop marine equipment and technology that will help shipowners meet the International Maritime Organization’s 2050 carbon emissions target.
The MoU will cover research into zero-emission vessel projects, trends and applications. In addition, the companies will evaluate ship propulsion systems, including clean energy sources and their certification, as well as investigating the use of blockchain and digital twin technologies. The partners will also exchange training on a range of topics.
“The signing of this strategic MoU marks a new era in the cooperation between CSSC and Lloyd’s Register,” said Lei Fan Pei, chairman of CSSC. “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.”
Lloyd’s Register and CSSC will also establish a Technology Research Centre in Shanghai, China to address the challenges of new regulations and develop smart technologies within the marine and offshore industries. The two companies will also hold a biennial Global Shipping Forum to promote discussion around key issues affecting the maritime industry.
“Lloyd’s Register is delighted to be partnering with CSSC, which is now the world’s biggest shipbuilding group,” said Alastair March, chief executive of Lloyd’s Register Group. “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.”
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