Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Welcome to the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute ( SMMI ). Our breadth of world class, authoritative, independent expertise spans both the marine and maritime sectors. We generate knowledge and intelligence for businesses of all sizes, government at all scales and organisations of all kinds. Alone and with partners we create new technologies and innovations to stimulate economic growth and improve quality of life and the environment.

Developing ways to utilise ocean resources

Energy and resources

We are developing ways to utilise the ocean to provide new forms of energy, mineral resources, food and even medicine. Interests range from understanding of the basic sciences influencing the search for energy and seabed resources, the technology for managing and extracting them and the legal instruments for exploiting such resources.

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Transforming the safety and design of ships

Trade and transport

We are transforming the safety of ships, the goods they transport, and for crew and passengers too. Work encompasses the technological aspects, safe shipping and ship designs, legal instruments governing shipping management, logistics and supply chain management and the underlying impact of maritime trade driven economics.

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Developing understanding of how the oceans influence

Climate and environment

We research the oceans and how environment is influenced by climate and by man’s activities in the oceans. Expertise covers the basic sciences exploring the behaviour of the ocean environment and the response to climate change, to the legal instruments defining the use of the maritime and ocean space.

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Preserving culture and communities around coastlines

Society and government

We focus on understanding and preserving cultural heritage, and homes and communities around coastlines. Research includes issues relating to governance and planning in coastal regions owing to climate change patterns, technological innovations to ensure the safety of people, tourism and leisure activities, to the historical evolution of societies in port cities.

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  • 2015/08/27

    Visit us this year at the Southampton Boat Show - Aquarium Stand

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  • 2015/08/05

    Life In A High Carbon World Conference 15 September

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  • 2015/07/31

    Youngest team ever! 90 days at sea by row boat

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1000+ researchers to address your problems

We have 1000+ researchers across the University working on cutting edge maritime projects, all with a passion to change the world through their research collaborations with global partners.

Seeking industry partners collaborations

We seek industry partners to come forward with research proposals. Whether it’s for accessing new skills, assistance with research and development or an immediate business-critical consultancy need, our expertise and facilities are accessible to the world’s business community and all charities and heritage-based organisations with a maritime focus.

Cutting-edge lab and test facilities

Accessing our wide range of state-of-the-art equipment can save businesses time and money by utilising the unique capabilities and skills in place at our facilities.

Improve your products and performance

KTPs are government funded instruments designed to help businesses improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills.


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