In a market where luxury is already taken to extremes, the yacht industry’s pursuit of perfection and innovation never ends.

When we look at the expectations of a growing number of potential clients, we can see they will push the concept of floating luxury even further. As a classification society, we are evolving our roles with the industry to meet the new dimension of digitalisation and decarbonisation challenges, without any compromise of safety and quality at the same time.

Alternative fuel solutions such as methanol, hydrogen and battery propulsion are among the needing developments catching the eye of a more environmentally conscious and forward-looking type of owners. As the size, sophistication and complexity of yachts have increased, improvements in overall performance and experience are not just about novel architectural designs and advanced construction techniques. More and more attention is also being paid to human engineering, and crew training, management and professionalism.

A trusted adviser for safety and quality

Our extensive experience, gained during the design, construction and operation of luxury yachts around the world, gives us a lead when it comes to understanding your requirements. MY Black Pearl, Oceanco, image credit: Tom Van Oossanen©

Black Pearl - Credit Tom Van Oossanen
  • Our expertise
  • Trusted adviser for safety and quality
  • Adding value through futureproof solutions

At LR, we have been working with our yacht clients for over 150 years, delivering bespoke solutions at every stage, from concept and design to construction, and operation to resale. Evolving along the changing world, we are trusted by captains, owners and builders with their increasingly exclusive and technically challenging prestige yacht projects.


For the environmental and operational performance, the reliability and safety of the yacht and people on board is paramount. That’s why we work closely with our clients at every stage of a vessel’s lifecycle to achieve safety, compliance and efficiency. We ensure assets are designed, built and maintained to the highest standards. As the world’s leading class society in yachts, we have developed our own requirements and procedures that go beyond the minimum statutory regime, reflecting our unique expertise.


We add value at every stage of an asset’s life and through the way we work and interact with you from innovation and concept design through to operation. Our dynamic approach in technology qualification and adoption helps you overcome various challenges you may encounter, such as improving operational efficiency, complying environmental requirements, keeping people and assets safe, and remaining secure physically and digitally.


Discover the future of yachting: Fuel for thought - Methanol for yachts

This report delves deep into the various aspects that encompass the readiness and the potential benefits of methanol as a marine fuel for the yachting industry