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What makes a good collaboration? SMMI discusses at International BlueTech Cluster meeting

Published: 1 December 2016
Dr Simon Gerrard
Dr Simon Gerrard

Dr Simon Gerrard, SMMI Industry Liaison Manager presented at the recent BlueTech Cluster meeting in San Diego.

Organised by The Maritime Alliance (TMA), the theme of the international meeting was ‘Case Studies of Collaboration’. Dr Gerrard explained the history of the relationship between the University of Southampton and Lloyd’s Register which is one of the longest university/business relationships in the world. Key points of good collaboration included trust, mutual respect, mutual benefit and an appreciation of each other’s needs. Dr Gerrard explained that the relationship, like many enduring ones, has not always been plain sailing, but that it is lasting and will continue into the future for many years to come. Recent efforts have focused, amongst other things, on horizon scanning for new technologies and produced a report which was the culmination of a collaborative project between Lloyd’s Register, Qinetiq and the University of Southampton looking at the future for: commercial shipping – without which world trade would cease; for navies – so vital for security; and the health of the oceans – addressing the challenges of pollution, climate change and exploitation of resources.

Planning is already underway for BlueTech Week 2017 which will take place 6-10 November, with the theme "Smart Ocean, Smart Ports & Smart Shipping".

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