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.
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.”
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.”