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Inn2POWER – Connecting Offshore Wind Businesses across the North Sea Region

The leading offshore wind clusters of the North Sea Region have joined forces to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in engaging in innovative cross-border collaboration and business opportunities. The offshore wind industry (OWI) is an important driver of economic development in the North Sea Region (NSR) but is challenged by the need for further cost reductions, continuous innovation, and improved acceptance of the industry. In order to secure growth in the OWI around the North Sea Region, (SMEs need to play a key role in tackling those challenges. Inn2POWER offers targeted support measures to SMEs and supports collaboration at the regional, sectoral, and transnational levels.

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The ferry industry is crying out for innovation and green-friendly solutions as Cammell Laird reveals plans for new Ro-Pax ferry

British shipyard Cammell Laird announce ambitious plans to disrupt the new-build ferry market with a new specially designed Ro-Pax ferry. Releasing a sneak picture preview of the commercial sensitive design ahead of a formal launch later this year Cammell Laird’s project director Andy Askham said the company believes its innovative, environmentally ground-breaking design will prove attractive to an ‘underserved market’. “The ferry industry is crying out for innovation and green-friendly solutions,” he said. “Our new Ro-Pax design will be in the segment of the market where there’ll be a lot of demand for the next decade. From our discussions with various owners we have seen real interest in our design that thrusts environmental innovation, fuel efficiency and comfort to the forefront of the future ferry market. The global ferry fleet is aging and in need of replacing while ferry building supply, certainly at a sophisticated level, is stretched in Europe in terms of spare capacity.”

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Welsh marine energy project benefits from the UK’s first Energy Investment Portfolio as £240 million investment drive creates thousands of Welsh jobs

The Board of Trade met in Wales to launch £240 million worth of Welsh energy and infrastructure projects to global investors. The UK-wide Energy Investment Portfolio will be launched in Swansea. It aims to attract £35 million of potential investment in the Morlais Marine Energy Facility project in Anglesey. Gerallt Llewelyn Jones, SRO at Morlais said, “Menter Môn is working hard to bring this important industry to Wales and we are grateful for UK Government involvement and support as we seek to tie up capital funding.”David Jones, Project Director at Marine Energy Wales added, “We welcome this positive move by the UK Government. Marine energy is already creating low carbon jobs in Wales and driving inward investment into peripheral economies. The Morlais project is key to delivering marine energy ambitions in Wales.”

http://www.marineenergywales.co.uk/welsh-marine-energy-project-benefits-from-the-uks-first-energy-investment-portfolio/

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National Maritime Cup: Time Trial Championship

We are seeking 12 teams from across UK maritime industries to take to the Thames this summer to row the 9 mile route from Woolwich to Greenwich in aid of the AHOY centre charity and battle to become the UK’s maritime sector ‘Champion of Champions’

This event is open to all – no experience required – training session provided.

National Maritime Cup

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Without doubt, shipping remains the cornerstone of the UK maritime sector and we have a great maritime history, however….

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Without doubt, shipping remains the cornerstone of the UK maritime sector and we have a great maritime history, however with increasing world trade and growing maritime leisure interests, the range of supporting maritime activities on these shores will surely only continue to grow and provide unique opportunities for growth, within both the domestic and export markets.

Today we find a UK maritime sector that covers everything from shipping to sub-sea technology, ports to aquaculture, legal and financial services to renewable energy, historic vessels to marine engineering and from the Royal Navy to commercial fishing.

A wider maritime sector whose industries now support 10% of the UK’s workforce, those either employed  directly or indirectly within the sector,  defined by any position on or related to the sea and waterways, that contributes £56 bn of UK GDP per annum.

The Maritime Growth Study tells us how the departure of large scale commercial shipbuilding from our shores forced the UK maritime sector to evolve, bringing to the forefront our expertise in maritime- related business services, as well as marine manufacturing, engineering and technology.

We are also told that the UK is an ambitious country, hungry for economic and sector growth. The UK is undoubtedly an attractive destination for inward investment and continues to be a top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) but are we truly serious about ‘keeping the UK maritime sector competitive in a global market’?

As the largest representative body for the maritime sector in the Thames and Channel region and a not –for- profit business, National Maritime is a powerhouse of businesses working in the maritime sector focused on supply chain development and the sustainable growth of estuarine and coastal communities. We continue to promote the UK as a world class location central to the countries global maritime aspirations, whose industries are ambitious to drive trade, productivity and economic growth.

But is it now time to consider establishing a single leadership for the sector, which does not undermine the sense of responsibility that other individual organisations feel and have, for their sub-sector or local communities? An organisation that would provide a single conduit to bringing coherent sector support, reduced bureaucracy, which adds weight to arguments for infrastructure improvements and destination making. An organisation that also ensures that the strategic approach to supporting the UK maritime sector is total, not just for the selected few or at the highest level!

After all, we already see skills integration and the sharing of resources between maritime sub-sectors, so why not make it even easier for maritime businesses and entrepreneurs across all sub-sectors, to access and utilise the right information and expert advice to start, thrive and grow their business.

The breadth and diversity throughout the UK maritime sector is one of its greatest strengths, let’s maximise the opportunity and actively encourage cross sector collaboration to simplify the approach that best drives sector success and economic growth.  Make the #maritimeconnection join us info@nmdg.co.uk

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Making the #maritimeconnection

Author – Peter Green: National Maritime (NMDG) welcomed the Maritime Growth Study, published on the opening day of London International Shipping Week, which was commissioned by Government early in November 2014.

The report sets out ways in which the UK can maintain its position as a world leading maritime centre and makes recommendations on issues including seafarer training, reform of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the UK Ship Register (UKSR), and promoting the maritime sector.

We were pleased that the study also recognised the calls for closer collaboration across the breadth of the maritime sector, after-all the size of the UK-flagged fleet is directly related to the strength of the broader maritime sector?

We were also encouraged to hear the calls for all of the industries and services within the maritime cluster to work together to grow the UK maritime economy and, when necessary, present a unified view to government and global stakeholders.

As a growing respected authority, National Maritime (NMDG) has always worked closely with companies across the sector, government and all other stakeholders; including maritime trade associations and organisations, to address issues and promote interests that affect business and communities.

We are concerned that whilst evidence collected as part of the study rightly underlined the economic importance of shipping and ports, and encompassed a wide range of other activities such as training, business services, engineering, manufacturing, research and development it primarily suggests that the UK maritime sector as a whole, is made up of just ports, shipping and maritime business services?

A sector that in effect contributes £22.2 billion to UK GDP and supports 489,400 jobs, whereas the wider UK maritime economy actually provides over 935,000 jobs and generates around £56 bn of UK GDP and includes amongst others; Shipping, Port Operations & Business Services, Marine Engineering, Renewable, Fisheries, Heritage, Offshore Oil & Gas and  Recreational.

UK maritime industries now contribute 10% of the UK’s workforce with 2.5 million people employed either directly or indirectly within the sector, those largely defined by any position on or related to the sea and waterways.

We of course welcome the report’s confirmation that the industry intends to improve cross-sector collaboration, however the sector must ensure that the strategic approach to supporting the UK maritime sector is total, not just for the selected few or at the highest level!

Without doubt shipping remains the cornerstone of the UK economy and the UK has a great maritime history however with increasing world trade and growing maritime leisure interests, the range of supporting maritime activities on these shores will only continue to grow and provide unique opportunities for growth, within both the domestic and export markets.

Today, we find a UK maritime sector that covers everything from shipping to sub-sea technology, ports to aquaculture, legal and financial services to renewable energy, historic vessels to marine engineering and from the Royal Navy to commercial fishing.

The National Maritime (NMDG) continues to engage with enthusiastic and passionate professionals who are looking to advance the state of the “UK maritime sector” and take on the challenge of ensuring that the UK remains a global maritime centre.

We believe the UK’s maritime industries remain one of the best prospects for high value, high skilled economic growth and is a sector that has many competitive advantages, across all sub- sectors.

We believe in our abilities to forge partnerships and key strategic alliances to make the #maritimeconnection

National Maritime (NMDG), the maritime network for industries influenced by the sea and waterways. A community interest company focused on supply chain development and the sustainable growth of estuarine and coastal communities, to drive sector and economic growth.

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