Lloyd’s Register has moved 400 members of its team into a new purpose built facility on the campus of the University of Southampton, establishing a new Global Technology Centre (GTC). The GTC and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) at its heart, is the cornerstone of Lloyd’s Register’s global marine research and technology network. It marks the creation of a unique, globally important centre of excellence, a crucible of development, and a partnership between a world-class university and the world’s first classification society. The potential for collaboration between the University of Southampton, Lloyd’s Register and the cluster of world leading businesses is immense.
Lloyd’s Register is moving with the times – in 1760, London was the hub and Lloyd’s Register surveyors could quickly visit clients’ ships in the city’s docks; now Southampton is an emerging hub and there’s the benefit of a world-class academic facility to push the development of new approaches. But that’s just the start. Lloyd’s Register’s global network – with the sister GTC in Singapore – will globalise research and development and result in a truly international approach to tackling tomorrow’s challenges.
The new GTC will allow Lloyd’s Register and our academic and industry partners to be more dynamic, more adaptive and ready to face tomorrow’s challenges today. Lloyd’s Register is uniquely placed to lead this transformation – few organisations combine the technical expertise and experience with the responsibility of applying those skills everyday and on ships worldwide. In conjunction with Lloyd’s Register’s applied consultancy, support for spinout companies and professional training, the future looks promising.
Lloyd’s Register’s ambition in establishing the GTC is to stimulate innovation, create new business and establish the City of Southampton and the wider south Hampshire region as a magnet for inward investment. Just like the pioneers in the eighteenth century, creative thinking and ambition are as crucial to the organisation today – with the personal drive and commitment of the team, things are looking good for the shipping industry.