About us

The Nautical Institute is the world's leading international professional body for qualified mariners. Through its Constitution, the Council of The Nautical Institute is directed to 'provide the strongest possible professional focus, dedicated to improving standards of those in control of seagoing craft, while maintaining the Institute as an international centre of nautical excellence.'

Founded in 1972, it is a thriving international professional body for qualified mariners, with 40 branches world-wide and some 7,000 members in over 110 countries.

Lloyd's List Global Award 2012


About The Lloyd's Register Foundation

The Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF), a UK registered charity, was set up in 2012. It invests in science, engineering and technology for public benefit, worldwide. As sole shareholder of The Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, a professional services organisation working mainly in the transportation and energy sectors, LRF is funded by the profits of this subsidiary and by the income from its own investments. It is developing the work of The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (The LRET), a charity set up in 2003, which joined the Foundation through a charitable merger in 2013. The history of the LRF name dates back to 1760 through its subsidiary, an organisation with a long tradition of public benefit, with safety at the heart of its work.


Registered charity no. 1145988


The material developed and published in Alert!, the International Maritime Human Element Bulletin, has become an important resource to the maritime industry.

There has been a continuous shift of public opinion to recognise the importance of identifying and applying Human Element issues and many in the industry now turn to the bulletins and this website for an authoritative source of knowledge.

Information developed through this project is now often quoted in the press, in publications, at the IMO, by national administrations, insurers, and shipping companies. The material is widely used by students around the world, and through all the maritime disciplines.

The quality of this information and its presentation is such that the project has won praise from many leading maritime professionals, has been often reproduced, and has won the prestigious Seatrade award in 2004, the RINA Ship Safety award for 2005 and most recently the 2012 Lloyd's List Global Award for Training.