With the continued growth of the global economy and ever increasing living standards, the sea as a resource has never been so vital. Our oceans are crucial for transport, offshore food production, energy generation, mineral exploitation, a potential alternative to urban dwelling, tourism, manufacturing, and trade. As we increasingly utilise our oceans we need to ensure that we do so in an organised, safe and secure way, with minimum impact to the environment.
Lloyd’s Register’s aim to ensure that the future of shipping is sustainable means that research is crucial to finding solutions to the many challenges we face.
We need to drastically reduce emissions, maximise energy efficiency, enhance safety requirements, minimise operational expenditure, investigate potential new trade routes in hostile environments, and train highly specialised shipbuilding and operational personnel to get the best from vessels of the future.