LR and NPL partner on marine autonomy


LR and NPL are working together to further marine autonomy Photo: LRLR and NPL are working together to further marine autonomy Photo: LR



Lloyd’s Register (LR) and the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) are collaborating on marine autonomy projects, bringing clarity to the requirements and assisting stakeholders in realising the potential of these systems.

LR and NPL are currently working together on the THEMIS Project to demonstrate the feasibility of the world’s largest ocean-going autonomous vessel, which is part funded by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) fund.

“This work represents an important part of the UK’s national programme to deliver confidence in the intelligent and effective use of data, which is being conducted with a range of partners across sectors and with a specific focus on autonomous systems,” said NPL’s head of digital, Neil Stansfield.

“This collaboration with Lloyd’s Register will help ensure the UK maintains its global leadership in the marine services sector, where the autonomous shipping sector is expected to represent a global $52bn market opportunity by 2050,” he added.

Tim Kent, LR technical director for marine and offshore added, “This collaboration with the NPL will allow LR to improve our own processes, knowledge and competency to better support our clients with marine autonomy projects.

“We are delighted to be partnering with NPL given its domain knowledge on autonomy from the connected and autonomous vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicle domains.”

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