Category: News

UK partners join forces to advance green hydrogen production and distribution

UK-based marine energy company Marine Power Systems Ltd (MPS) (MPS) has joined forces with National Maritime SME Working Group champion and UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group members Marine2o to develop integrated solutions to support the production of green hydrogen from offshore renewable energy sources, using marine vessels to transport this energy vector to market.

This first collaboration will support the developing pathway in the UK and other markets to deploy MPS’ innovative offshore wind and wave energy capture devices – which can be configured either as a combined solution or independent power plants – to produce green hydrogen.

MPS’ floating wind and wave technology will play a crucial role in Marine2o plans to decarbonise ports and urban water ways around the UK and internationally, according to the partners.

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Shipbuilders sculpture work to begin

Construction of a new 10-metre tall sculpture honouring Inverclyde’s shipbuilding heritage is set to begin.

Work started this week on the foundations for the giant ‘Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow’ statue, which will take pride of place in the town’s Coronation Park.

The sculpture of two stainless steel figures hard at work has been designed and built by renowned artist John McKenna following a public vote and consultation.
The artwork pays tribute to Port Glasgow and Inverclyde’s shipbuilding past.

When installed, the figures will measure 10 metres (33 feet) in height with a combined weight of 14 tonnes.

It is thought to be the largest sculptural figure of a shipbuilder in the UK and one of the biggest of its kind in Western Europe.

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UK’s path to net zero set out in landmark strategy

The Net Zero Strategy has been published today by UK government as it unveils plans to transform every sector of the economy.

This landmark strategy sets out how the UK will secure 440,000 well-paid jobs and unlock £90 billion in investment in 2030 on its path to ending its contribution to climate change by 2050.

Paolo Enrico Favino, Head of Domestic Emissions Policy, Maritime, Department for Transport (DfT), UK says they will also be extending the CMDC to a multi-year programme, delivering real-world demonstrations and technology trials of clean maritime vessels and infrastructure to decarbonise the maritime sector. This is part of UK Governments commitment to a UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions.

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Discovery is just the beginning – Trustees Wanted

We have a great team of trustees at the Nautical Archaeology Society who help promote the preservation, protection and research of our nautical heritage.

As a group of dedicated volunteer trustees we act as the company directors and are legally responsible for the operation of the society.

We are now seeking three additional trustees to strengthen the executive committee. If you are interested in discovering more about becoming a trustee contact our Chair Tim Parker or the societies CEO Mark Beattie-Edwards

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A big future for UK shipbuilding

The second iteration of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSbS) is due to be published soon.

The Johnson government has already made a commitment to double spending on shipbuilding in the next 10 years, averaging £1.7Bn a year.

NSbS II looks set to be expanded with a programme that outlines work for the next 30-years.

At the core of the NSbS is the intention to build ships to a regular drumbeat, breaking the disastrous boom and bust cycle that has plagued the industry in the last few decades.

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Join us at the Hidden Lane Brewery, November 4th in Glasgow for the COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference.

We are once again hosting our hugely successful network event Time & Tide at this years COP26. This FREE event will bring together professionals from all aspects of the maritime sector to network and socialise.

Join us to listen and debate with a panel of leading experts who will be Distilling COP26 & Championing the use of Green Hydrogen in the maritime sector and network with members of the National Maritime UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group as they champion the drive to decarbonise the maritime sector

This COP26 fringe event will offer an informal atmosphere and relaxed environment to chat and do business.

Starts: 18.00 hrs

To register your attendance please email

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UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group – Join ‘the’ only UK Marine focussed hydrogen working group

If you or your organisation would like to join ‘the’ only UK Marine focussed hydrogen working group contact Tim Munn or Peter Green or e:

The working group is free to join and is aimed at those organisations or professionals that are either already involved in or have a desire to be involved in the Hydrogen economy.

The intention of the group is to assist with the acceleration of decarbonisation by championing the use of hydrogen. To be `the` leading voice towards government and regulatory bodies and ultimately to provide more opportunities to members by making connections.

With leading influencers in the hydrogen space working alongside the National Maritime membership, it is a well-informed working group discussing the technical, regulatory, and financial challenges to vessel design and conversion and infrastructure development.

Members of the working group will also be at COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference on the 4TH of November, Glasgow, where a panel of leading experts including James Walker EMEC: European Marine Energy Centre, David Scott David Scott Marine Ltd and Tim Munn Marine Zero will be Distilling COP26 & Championing the use of Green Hydrogen in the maritime sector as they drive to decarbonise the sector.

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£1.3m awarded to a consortium led by Port of London Authority to enable Smart Maritime Land Operations for the Maritime Sector

A consortium of 8 organisations (1 Port, 2 SMEs, 3 Higher Education Institute, and 2 Research Technology Organisation) along with other supporting organisations, led by Port of London Authority have been awarded £1.3m as part of the Smart Maritime Land Operations Call, a Maritime Research and Innovation UK MarRI-UK initiative supported by the Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom (DfT). The grant will help develop a national #hydrogen highway network, integrating land, sea and port.

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Marine Supply Chain Opportunities for India Maritime Defence Sector

Our objective is to help drive trade and growth for us all.

National Maritime together with our SME Working Group champions Santander UK Corporate & Commercial Banco Santander and the UK India Business Council would like to invite you to this exclusive webinar on the India Maritime Defence Sector.

Date: 09 November 2021
Time:11:00 to12:30 BST

At the May 2021 Summit the Prime Ministers of India and UK set out a shared vision for the UK-India defence partnership and agreed to advance the relationship to a new level. Both governments have agreed Joint Statement and a 2030 Roadmap, which includes a Free Trade Agreement. This marks the beginning of a promising new era for UK-India research, capability and industrial collaboration on Indian combat air, maritime propulsion, space, cyber security and beyond.

As Defence is one of the four pillars of the Roadmap, we are bringing together sector experts and industry leaders to provide valuable insights and knowledge on this sector with focus on the Indian market.

This webinar is also supported by Make UK Defence, it aims to highlight opportunities in the Indian maritime defence supply chain for UK companies and to provide a briefing on the broad direction of the India-UK defence and maritime collaboration. Areas to be covered in the session would include  

>A briefing on the India UK bilateral relationship and recent reforms announced by India
>Current and Upcoming Opportunities in the India Maritime defence sector
>How UK companies can access these opportunities and procurement processes
>Export Finance and support channels via UKEF


>Dominic Beales – First Secretary Defence and Security of India British High Commission, New Delhi;
>Commodore Bunty Sethi, Aerospace & Defence Director of UK India Business Council;
>Richard McCallum, Vice Chair of UK India Business Council;
>Chris Lynch, Director, Trade and Supply Chain Finance of Santander UK

Don’t miss the chance to hear from experts and leaders from the defence and marine sector.

Register Today

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£500,000 earmarked to help 16-24 year olds enter the industry offshore wind sector

SSE Renewables, Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) and Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have announced that up to £15 billion would be added to the Scottish economy by their proposed offshore wind projects in Scotland via the Crown Estate Scotland’s seabed leasing process.

The partnership has also announced that their combined ScotWind projects would enable a £100 million fund to directly invest into Scottish supply chain companies to support the development of their projects should the partnership’s ScotWind bids be successful.

This funding will support the overall ambition of the partnership to achieve spending of circa 50% with Scottish suppliers in the projects over their lifetime.

The SSE Renewables-Marubeni-CIP supply chain fund will support Scottish businesses, including those from the Oil and Gas sector, to enter the offshore wind sector; will encourage the existing supply chain to establish new facilities in Scotland; will upgrade Scottish port facilities to accommodate future offshore wind deployment; and will support contractual security requirements.

CIP also said its partnership is fully committed to the UK and Scotland’s future supply chain and the green recovery and they will be investing £500,000 of the proposed fund to help 16-24 year olds enter the industry and help the supply chain bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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