Partnership is highlighted by the agreement to jointly establish a research centre in Shanghai to address new regulatory challenges and lead technological innovations.
The two parties will explore the use of blockchain and digital technologies and evaluate various clean energy sources and their certification.
China State Shipbuilding Corp and Lloyd’s Register have agreed to form a new cooperation to develop clean and smart marine solutions.
A memorandum of understanding signed between the two parties during Marintec China 2019, will include research into zero-emission vessels for meeting shipping’s 2050 decarbonisation target.
Th partners would jointly establish a research centre in Shanghai to address new regulatory challenges and lead technological innovations, LR said in a release.
They have also agreed to hold a biennial Global Shipping Forum to promote discussion around key issues affecting the maritime industry.
The research partnership will explore the use of blockchain and digital technologies and will evaluate ship propulsion systems, including various clean energy sources and their certification. Offshore floating units design concepts will also be assessed.
CSSC and LR will also exchange training on a range of topics, including cyber security, cruise ship design and sustainable marine fuels such as hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries.
Additionally, LR will offer technical support and training for gas carriers including ships hauling liquified petroleum gas, liquified natural gas, ethane, hydrogen and ammonia.
“As the world’s largest ship building groups and the world’s leading classification society, this collaboration will contribute significantly to the maritime industry and help address the challenges of the future.” said CSSC chairman Lei Fanpei.
Mr Lei also expressed his congratulations on the 150 year anniversary of LR operating in China. The UK-based class society sent out its first surveyor to Shanghai in 1869.
Alastair Marsh, LR group chief executive, said the agreement will allow the two parties to share insights and know-how, and hence “better support the maritime industry in navigating the decarbonisation and digitalisation challenges in the decade ahead.”