Guiding the maritime industry on sustainability
From policy through techno-economic analysis to deployment, our solutions help clients reduce both cost and risk safely from new technology introduction.
We're trusted by the entire maritime ecosystem
We are leading the evolution of the maritime sector towards an efficient, sustainable and low-carbon future. Independent and impartial, we offer a level of industry expertise and technical capability across the full product life cycle for multiple international markets that few others are able to match.
Our deep technical and domain knowledge, complemented by expansive expertise in policy, economics, regulation, environmental and safety services, life cycle assessment, strategy and planning uniquely positions us to support our clients.
Our technical expertise and domain knowledge are unique within the global maritime sector. Organisations engaged in environmental policymaking appreciate the depth and breadth of our maritime expertise.
Our forward-looking understanding of future policy, and development of scenarios shapes our private clients’ future strategic plans around investment decisions, costs of ownership and environmental impact.
Our consultants have decades of experienced conducting multi-sector product life cycle assessment studies compliant to ISO 14040.
We have the longest-established and one of the largest specialist air quality team in the world and a world-leading chemical emergency response team.
We work across the whole maritime value chain. We provide high quality evidence-based research and advice for policy decisions. We analyse the techno-economic, social and environmental impacts of market drivers and disruptive technologies.
We innovate, implement and test: using the latest scientific understanding to shape our design and development of alternative power and propulsion systems with conventional and alternative fuels and energy sources.
Trusted by local, regional and national governments, environmental non-governmental organisations and international industry associations, we work extensively for the European Commission, including supporting DG Climate Action, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and IMO Member states, and have developed a zero emission blueprint for shipping with the International Chamber of Shipping.
Our private clients include some of the world’s largest port/harbour/marina operators, naval architects, shipbuilders, ship owners, operators and suppliers, marine engine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), propulsion and power system tier one suppliers plus oil and gas companies.
We deliver turnkey engineering services around clean sustainable propulsion and energy systems: battery and fuel cells, emotors and clean internal combustion engines using conventional and alternative zero carbon fuels including hydrogen and ammonia. Our capability ranges from feasibility to concept, detailed design, analysis and simulations, controls development, energy optimisation, performance, emission improvement and issue resolution.
Key segments within the Maritime market.
Our expertise includes: policy and economics; life cycle assessment; pathways to alternative fuels; environmental analysis; turnkey engineering services from concept to production; testing and validation.
Ricardo specialise in high-performance, niche volume manufacturing and assembly for complex, precision, electromechanical products and offer world-class industrialisation consultancyLearn more
Ricardo offers world-class technical consulting services to enable our customers to get the most from their products and services in the energy, transportation and manufacturing sectors.Learn more
Our world-leading unique expertise
Our technical expertise and domain knowledge across the full value chain are unique within the global maritime sector.
Policy and strategy
We advise policy makers and regulators around the world covering all stages of the policy cycle including the design, implementation and assessment of sustainable transport policies.
Net zero pathways
Our tried and tested six-step approach to net zero will help ensure your roadmap will get you to net zero in the timeframe expected by your investors, employees and customers.
Life cycle assessment
Through our life cycle assessments for global maritime sector organisations, our deep scientific analysis is helping our clients develop more sustainable products and/or demonstrate their already impressive environmental credentials.
Alternative transport fuels
As a recognised market leader, we apply evidence-based analysis to develop strategies and action plans that improve the sustainability and efficiencies of vessels, and identify opportunities for investment in low-carbon technologies and fuels.
Ricardo report examines ecological impact of ammonia as a shipping fuel
Ricardo delivers flagship report examining the potential marine environmental impacts of ammonia spills during its use as a shipping fuel.
Pathways outlined to enable shipping sector to achieve decarbonisation goals
New evidence-based study by Ricardo outlines the need for large-scale deployment of new technologies and low-carbon fuels to help the shipping sector achieve decarbonisation.
Ricardo and ICS report states significant R&D investments needed to reach zero-carbon emissions in shipping
A massive scaling up of finance for research and development is essential to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, according to a report by Ricardo and the International Chamber of Shipping.
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