Research and innovation

Our strategic technology research and development is a dedicated approach to solving industry’s greatest challenges and ensuring that our futures are safe, sustainable and secure.

We believe that technological innovation can drive our economies forward, create jobs and benefit society – but that premature deployment can present serious risk to health, safety and the environment.

While our parent entity, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, invests primarily in basic research, LR focuses on higher technical readiness levels – from research to industrial application. Our GTCs in Southampton and Singapore exemplify the acceleration of learning and growth through collaboration between LR, industry and academia. They are complemented by our capability to apply technology across our organisation. By contributing across the full product development process we support the advancement and safe adoption of new technologies.

Global technology centres

Singapore GTC researchers

Through the investment of around £100 million in two global technology centres, in the UK and Singapore, we are developing and supporting the innovations that will play a vital role in the immediate and long-term future of shipping and energy.


Innovation – new and improved technologies – will be critical in meeting the needs of our growing, and increasingly urbanised, population and to cope with the environmental challenges ahead.


Singapore GTC researchers

Our research activity is a key element for successful innovation. We carry out research on our own and with other organisations, and we help fund the research activities carried out through the Lloyd's Register Foundation.

Historical research

Reference books

Our Heritage & Education Centre is a valuable research resource. It holds material concerning 255 years of marine and engineering science and history and our team can help with a variety of shipping and related enquiries.