The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding at the start of Marintec 2019 in Shanghai.
Research into zero-emission projects
Their joint work will include research into zero-emission vessel projects, trends and applications to meet the IMO’s 2050 decarbonization target. The partners will establish a Technology Research Center in Shanghai to address the challenges of new regulation, while also aiming to lead the development and innovation of smart technologies within the global marine and offshore industries.
Additionally, Lloyd’s Register and CSSC agreed to hold a biennial Global Shipping Forum coinciding with Marintec to promote discussion around key issues affecting the maritime industry.
The 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.
Cybersecurity, cruise ship design, new energy sources
As well, the partners will exchange training on a range of topics including cybersecurity, cruise ship design and the application of new energy sources for ships such as hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries. Lloyd’s Register will also offer technical support and training for gas carriers including ships for the carriage of LPG, LNG, ethane, hydrogen and ammonia.
‘The signing of this strategic MoU marks a new era in the cooperation between CSSC and Lloyd’s Register,’ CSSC Chairman Lei Fan Pei said. He predicted the collaboration will contribute ‘significantly to the maritime industry and help address the challenges of the future.’ The chairman also expressed appreciation to Lloyd’s Register for its long-term support and congratulated LR on its 150th anniversary of operations in China.
‘Lloyd’s Register is delighted to be partnering with CSSC, which is now the world’s biggest shipbuilding group,’ said Alastair Marsh, LR Group chief executive. The MoU, he added, will ‘allow us to share our insights and experience so we can both better support the maritime industry in navigating the decarbonization and digitalization challenges in the decade ahead.’