Wednesday, December 4, 2019

New UK - Chinese Partnership to Develop Maritime Decarbonisation Technology

Global Shipping Forum and Research Centre Launched
Shipping News Feature

CHINA – UK – Lloyd's Register (LR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China's biggest shipbuilding group, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), to jointly study, research and develop marine equipment and technology.

The MoU, which has been signed at the start of Marintec 2019, will include research into zero-emission vessel projects, trends and applications for meeting the IMO’s 2050 decarbonisation target. The partners will look to jointly establish a Technology Research Centre in Shanghai to address the challenges of new regulation, whilst also leading the development and innovation of smart technologies within the global marine and offshore industries.

Additionally, LR and CSSC have 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:

“Lloyd’s Register is delighted to be partnering with CSSC, which is now the world’s biggest shipbuilding 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.”

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. FPSO, FLNG, FSRU design concepts will also be assessed.

The partners will also exchange training on a range of topics including cyber security, cruise ship design and the application of new energy sources for ships such as hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries. LR will also offer technical support and training for gas carriers including ships for the carriage of LPG, LNG, ethane, hydrogen and ammonia. Lei Fan Pei, CSSC Chairman, commented:

“The signing of this strategic MoU marks a new era in the cooperation between CSSC and Lloyd’s Register. 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.”

Photo: The new partners seal the deal.