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Lloyd's Register celebrates 250th anniversary in style

London: Speaking at a special dinner on Friday to celebrate Lloyd Register's 250th anniversary, IMO secretary Efthimios Mitropoulus paid tribute to the UK Group's 'truly remarkable' tradition of "vibrant, dynamic, pioneering and relevant" technical research work.

Lloyd's Register chairman David Moorhouse said it was the Group's "ability to adapt and change" that enabled it to look forward with confidence to the future, even in "turbulent economic times."

Latest example of innovative, topical research is last week's news that Lloyd's Register is to team with Maersk to conduct a two-year programme to test the feasibility of bio-diesel for powering marine engines. The study will take place on board the Maersk Line containership Maersk Kalmarm and focus on examining the behaviour of engines and storage tanks using FAME biofuels and the changes in air emissions caused.

Mitropoulos also spoke warmly to the assembled 1,200 diners at the black-tie event featuring star entertainers of the "philanthropic spirit" of a group that this year is sponsoring 47 charitable projects in 20 different countries.  

Lloyd's Register currently has 228 offices in 74 countries, employing more than 8,000 staff of 93 different nationalities. Shipping accounts for rough half of the activities of the Group, which today classes more tonnage than at any time during its quarter-of-a-millennium history.  [06/04/10]

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