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Lloyds Register Safety Grand Challenge 2017

Funding: Lloyds Register Foundation

Principal InvestigatorProf Ashley Hall 

Contact: [email protected]

Funding: Lloyds Register Foundation

The Lloyds Register Safety Grand Challenge in 2017 took on two water-related safety issues: ship-to-ship transfers and future city river safety. Hundreds of people die each year in water-related incidents as a result of unsafe practices, risky behaviours or lack of information and understanding. Each year injuries and fatalities occur transferring from ship to ship via pilot ladders around the world. Ports are globally important, supplying us with essentials such as food, clothing and fuel, so the work of marine pilots is central to guiding ships into port safely and keeping populations well supplied.  City rivers are also undergoing unprecedented development pressures from transportation and recreation. Future developments along the Thames aiming to deliver the Mayor’s ‘City in the East’ vision propose 200,000 new homes in the vicinity of the river, with passenger river journeys rising from 8.5m to 12m by 2020. Partnering with the RNLI we have been looking at making the river Thames the safest river by the year 2030. A team of academics, researchers and postgraduate designers from the Royal College of Arts have worked together to research, design and prototype seven major ideas that bring multi-disciplinary innovative solutions to tackle design risk and safety on water.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Lloyds Register
Port of London Authority
International Marine Pilots Association
Associated British Ports
Marine Accident Investigation Bureau
Marine Pilots Association
Royal Navy Command
Confidential Incident Hazards Reporting Programme


Lloyds Register Foundation 

The Lloyds Register Safety Grand Challenge