London-based Lomar Shipping, ship-owning and management group, led by CEO Nicholas Georgiou launches a new venture to collaborate with deep-tech startups, to catalyse the deployment of solutions that address some of the industry’s biggest challenges, including the objective of net-zero emissions.

Lomarlabs, led by former Lomar Technical Director Stylianos Papageorgiou who has been appointed a Managing Director, has been set up to provide ambitious entrepreneurs with a fleet of Lomar vessels available as floating labs, expertise and funding, if a company “needs to test its solution or overcome a marketing hurdle.”

Lomar Shipping CEO, Nicholas Georgiou, says: “One of the biggest challenges that maritime technology companies face is access to the physical infrastructure of vessels and shipyards, to test and fine-tune their creative innovations. The maritime assets of Lomar and our wider Libra Group means we can provide that infrastructure, experience and expertise to help shape solutions that will make a real difference.”

Stylianos Papageorgiou explains: “We see significant scientific advances and high-tech engineering innovations coming at a speed never experienced before. Lomarlabs is here to catalyse the deployment of deep technologies into everyday shipping operations.

“We add value to start-ups and established tech companies in various ways, including making our fleet of Lomar vessels available as floating labs, testing and validating business model assumptions and providing the catalytic funding a company may need to test their solution or overcome a marketing hurdle.

“We are already looking at initiatives that focus on energy efficiency, alternative fuels & electrification, low-carbon economy and autonomous shipping. Our portfolio pursues three themes; safety and security, decarbonisation and the ‘future of work’.”

The company´s Lomarlabs Managing Director said they are currently looking at innovations addressing energy efficiency, fuel transition, carbon capture and removal and automation.