Unlock Maritime Knowledge with the Lloyd's Register Technical Association Papers

Tuesday, November 07 2023

Unlock Maritime Knowledge with the Lloyd's Register Technical Association Papers
  • Lloyd’s Register Technical Association Papers (1920-1998) now available on 
  • Further access to essential maritime technical research papers 


The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) are pleased to announce the digitisation of the Lloyd’s Register Technical Association papers (1920-1998). 

From November 2023, the historic Lloyd’s Register Technical Association papers are freely available across, Google Books and the HEC website.   

LRTA 1920

Lloyd’s Register Technical Association Papers, 1920

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The LRTA papers which are now freely available online should be seen as historical documents representing earlier viewpoints and are not reflective of current thinking and perspectives by the current LR Technical Association.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

Why are the papers useful?  

The LRTA papers aim to advance, grow and share knowledge around the themes of technology, techniques and research through the production and dissemination of technical papers. Previously limited to LR clients and stakeholders, the recent digitisation of the LRTA papers has made them accessible to a wider audience. Thank you to the LRTA for allowing us to share these papers!  

Professor John Carlton, former Global Head of Marine Technology for Lloyd's Register and Professor of Marine Engineering at City, University of London, said: "Originally the LRTA papers, originally known as the Staff Association papers, were conceived in the early 1920s as a means of circulating up to date technical information among the surveyors of Lloyd's Register wherever they worked around the world. Until well after the Second World War the proceedings were regarded as an internal document for use by Lloyd's Register, however, during the 1980's the proceedings of the LRTA were made generally available and this action was broadly welcomed by the marine industry." 

Interesting articles in the LRTA papers include deep diving chambers and atmospheric suits to unusual features of ship design, construction and repairs. A blog exploring the history of the LRTA papers and exploring its interesting contents will be coming soon to the HEC website.  

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1962 LRTA

Top: Photographs of deep diving chamber & atmospheric pressure suit, LR Technical Association Papers, 1976-7. Bottom: LR Technical Association Papers, 1962-3 

Explore the entire catalogue and indexes here.  

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