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Lloyd’s Register Technical Association

The Lloyd’s Register Technical Association Papers are essential maritime technical research papers, focusing on the themes of technology, techniques and research.

Through recent digtisation, Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) have made available the Lloyd’s Register Technical Association, dating from 1920 until 1998 for free, online viewing. 

What are the Technical Association Papers?  

The Lloyd’s Register Technical Association (LRTA) was established in 1920 with the primary objective of sharing technical expertise and knowledge within Lloyd’s Register. Publications have consistently been released on a yearly basis, with a brief interruption between 1938 and 1946. These publications serve as a key reference point for best practices and were initially reserved for internal use to maximise LR’s competitive advantage. 

The LRTA papers which are now freely available online should be seen as historical documents representing earlier viewpoints and are not reflective of current thinking and perspectives by the current LR Technical Association. 

Today, the LRTA takes a fresh approach, focusing on collaboration by combining professional expertise from across LRF & Group to ensure a frequent output of fresh perspectives and relevant content. The LRTA has evolved into a Group-wide initiative that identifies, captures, and shares knowledge spanning various business streams and functions. To support this modern approach, the LRTA has adopted a new structure featuring representatives and senior governance across the business streams and the LR Foundation. 

The Lloyd's Register Staff Association (LRSA) changed its name to the Lloyd's Register Technical Association (LRTA) in 1973.

If you wish to use our resources please ensure that you properly reference the Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre in your work and consult our Licensing and Terms of use pages.

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