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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Our partners

Learn more about our main strategic partners and how we work together to make a difference.

We have several strategic partnerships with key organisations. These are usually based on longer-term visions of collaboration to achieve specific goals.

Lloyd’s Register

The University's collaboration with Lloyd’s Register goes back more than 40 years. From discussions about sail design, it has grown into the largest university-business collaboration in the UK. Lloyd's Register is now based at the University's Boldrewood Innovation Campus. The close relationship led to the creation of Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute.

Learn more about Lloyd's Register.

Shell Shipping & Maritime

We launched the Centre for Maritime Futures in partnership with Shell Shipping & Maritime. The centre aims to bring together University and industry partners to make the energy shipping industry safer, cleaner and more efficient.

Drawing on the maritime research expertise of both institutions, the centre will play a vital role in delivering the UN International Maritime Organisation’s goal of reducing greenhouse emissions from international shipping by 50% by 2050.

Learn more about Shell Shipping & Maritime.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

We have a formal agreement with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to link research projects to top-level work relating to design, manufacture and operation of autonomous ships and emissions reduction.

It will also allow our students to benefit from training, internships and PhD placements at the MCA. Staff from the MCA will be guest speakers at the University on courses related to marine design and engineering.

Learn more about the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.


The University has an advanced technology partnership with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) that involves many of SMMI’s members. The partnership delivers a range of projects that keep both our organisations engaged in research, development and innovation.

Learn more about the RNLI.

National Oceanography Centre

We aim to develop a better understanding of the oceans through our partnership with the National Oceanography Centre, with whom we share our waterfront campus. Our work together covers all aspects of marine science and important innovations such as autonomous systems.

Learn more about National Oceanography Centre.