MarRI-UK announces £1.5 million funding for maritime projects

Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) has announced that 11 projects have been awarded grants totalling £1.5 to develop their technologies further.

The projects have been chosen following a call launched in September 2019 which received 59 submisssions.

The projects covered a wide range of maritime technologies, include autonomous shipping, sea mapping, ocean surveillance, intelligent ships, machine learning and cyber risk assessment.

The projects which had a bearing on the bunkering sector included:

Innovative Power and Propulsion for MAV

Lead organisation: City College Plymouth

Consortium: University of Exeter (Renewable Energy Engineering)

Funding award: £52,334.59

Offshore Charging for Hybrid and Electric Vessels

Lead organisation: Jebb Smith Ltd

Funding award: £164,770.20

Re-Charge LOHC @ Sea: Emission Free Propulsion of Offshore Service Vessels

Lead organisation: Newcastle Marine Services Ltd

Consortium: Altran UK Ltd., Strathclyde University, OS Energy GmbH

Funding award: £ 116,355.20

The full list of all 11 projects can be accessed here.

Kelly Tolhurst, the UK’s Maritime Minister, said: ‘Innovation and technological advancements are key to developing a more efficient and advanced maritime sector as we build a green legacy from Covid-19.

‘Through our ambitious Maritime 2050 vision, this government continues to support creative and innovative solutions to enhance our maritime transport, and I look forward to seeing the results of these cutting edge projects.’

John Howie MBE, Chair of MarRI-UK, added: ‘The 11 successful projects are great examples of UK technology and innovation, helping the UK maritime sector meet the challenges and goals set out in the Maritime 2050 vision.’

Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK, commented: ‘Research and innovation will be a major driver of growth as we emerge from the Coronavirus crisis. Despite the crisis, the grand challenges of our age remain, and the UK maritime sector must redouble its efforts to gain competitive advantage across the industries of tomorrow.

‘As we seek to build back better, this sector is uniquely positioned to deliver regionally balanced, green growth.

‘Whilst meeting net-zero is our foremost challenge, we should not lose sight of the other opportunities that we face, including digitisation, automation, and efficiency.

‘It is therefore fantastic to see so many credible solutions being successful in this second funding call. In what is a competitive global environment, the UK is making real waves. It is incumbent on both industry and government to ensure that these ideas are supported, and we increase the level of investment in research and innovation for the sector.’

Inn May MarRI-UK announced that a total of £1.4 million had been awarded to 10 organisations to develop technology which focused on helping the UK realise its ambitions for zero emission shipping,

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes