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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute


SMMI has a number of strategic partnerships with key organisations. Typically these are based on longer term visions of collaboration to achieve specific goals. They comprise a series of key activities that are regularly reviewed.

Lloyd’s Register

The University’s collaboration with Lloyd’s Register goes back over 40 years. Beginning from initial discussions about sail design it has grown into a major campus sharing co-location, the largest university – business collaboration in the UK. The close relationship led to the creation of SMMI.


The University has an Advanced Technology Partnership (ATP) with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution that involves many of SMMI’s members. Developed in 2001 on the back a relationship spanning twenty years, the ATP delivers a range of projects that keep the two organisations fully engaged in research, development and innovation.

National Oceanography Centre

Developing a better understanding the oceans is the basis for our collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre. The Centre is a government owned research organisation that has had very close links with academics and researchers from the University’s Ocean and Earth Sciences department for many years. Co-located at the Waterfront Campus in Southampton the relationship covers all aspects of marine science as well as key innovations such as autonomous systems.

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