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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute



Safety, risk & regulation

1. Improving safety is the key driver for maritime technology. 2. Our unique partnership with Lloyd 's Register global classification society puts us at the forefront of this field. 3. Human factors are a new but increasingly important facet of improving safety. We can help you understand and make use of this.


Impact, culture & heritage

1. Minimising human impact on the use of the oceans is vital for the future. Humans have an inextricable link to the oceans and our lives depend on the sea. 2. Learning from the past can tell us much about how our relationship with the oceans has evolved 3. Economic development through promoting culture , heritage and tourism. Environmental impact reduction enabling new marine technologies like offshore renewables to thrive.


Environment modelling & mapping

1. We know less about the ocean than we do about the moon and Mars yet unlike those planets our lives depend on the oceans 2. Mapping the oceans relies on combinations of new technologies such as autonomous underwater vessels collecting data, complex ecosystem modelling, testing to establish what is in the materials we find, and policy and regulation development to share resources. Our facilities are world class and open for use by business 3. Huge economic opportunity to grow business but it needs to be done responsibly. We understand the nature of this balance (sustainability).


Big data & cybersecurity

1. Our ability to collect and process information about the oceans and their use is expanding very rapidly. This provides many exciting opportunities but also some potential risks. 2. Access to data allows us to develop more realistic models of the ocean environment and better understand the complex processes that comprise the ocean system. We can also track ships and other objects to help improve the efficiency of trade and transport. 3. New data management systems need to be secure. Our new Cybersecurity Academy is working to address safety and reliability issues across all sectors including marine and maritime.


Vessel design & performance

1. Modern vessels come in many shapes and sizes but all need to be safe, efficient and environmentally friendly. 2. New flexible hull forms, advance d materials, alternative propulsion systems and new fuel types offer exciting opportunities for designers in all sectors. Specialised vessels such as workboats, survey vessels,superyachts. Advances in autonomy will open up new opportunities for optimised control and, in the longer term, revolutionise ship design and operation 3. We are at the forefront of these technological advances and by working with us you can be too.


Tourism, ports & logistics

1. Over 90% of global trade is shipped by sea. This will continue for the foreseeable future. Ports are important gateways for trade and tourism (stats). We understand that as the scale of demand increases moving people and cargo around safely and efficiently becomes ever more challenging. 2. Advanced Mathematics is being used to develop algorithms to enable port operators and supply chain managers to improve the efficiency of operations so reducing cost and minimising impact. 3. Integrating passenger and cargo movements into wider supply chains is complex. We understand this complexity and can help companies like yours to benefit from this.


Robotics & autonomous systems

1. This technology can revolutionise the marine/maritime sector. 2. We have capacity in air, surface, and underwater plus autonomy in existing control systems to improve efficiency and in other areas (examples).Design, control systems and application are all emerging areas of business. Testing and reliability. USRG and partnership with NOC (MARSIC) 3. Capitalising on this revolution needs underpinning research both in technology and regulation.


Energy & resources

1. A vast array of opportunities exist here - oil & gas, wind wave and tidal, fishing & aquaculture, aggregates, seabed mining, (stats of development opportunities). 2. Structures - complex designs, multiple uses, shared platforms to reduce operating expenses need testing - hydrodynamics, tribology, structural. Geophysics, mapping, bathymetry. 3. This is a very exciting area of potential economic growth but it needs careful management. Aligning with a respected academic institution can add important credibility to development opportunities.


Materials, structures and testing

1. New materials offer many advantages - lightweight, durable, sustainable, intelligent materials, condition monitoring. 2. Composites focus, history and new approaches. Need for automation to reduce cost and improve quality. 3. Making the transition to advanced materials will require new insights and maybe a new business model. We want to work with you to help your company to achieve this.

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