Category: Press Releases

National Maritime unveils exciting plans for Maritime and Sustainable Technology hub in key port town of Newhaven, Sussex

Blue Space at the Marine Workshops is the redevelopment of a stunning heritage site into a Maritime and Sustainable Technology hub in Newhaven and is set to reinvigorate the area’s industry and bring huge opportunities for jobs, training, and investment into the area.

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Fisheries Working Group Launched to Help Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Thrive

National Maritime Launch:
Fisheries Working Group (London & South East)

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North Star Renewables to design and deliver service vessel fleet for Dogger Bank Wind Farm

Aberdeen company North Star Renewables has been awarded contracts worth an estimated £270 m to deliver three state-of-the-art service operation vessels (SOVs) to be used on what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the 3.6GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the North Sea.

North Star’s contract award follows a highly-competitive tender process. The Scottish firm beat off strong international competition to secure the deal to design and deliver the three-vessel service operation fleet for Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which is currently being built in the North Sea by joint venture partners SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni.

North Star will deliver the SOVs to Dogger Bank Wind Farm operator Equinor from Summer 2023 and will be chartered to Dogger Bank by North Star for a ten-year period, with an option for three one-year extensions.

They will also create 130 new full-time UK-based jobs in crewing and shore-based roles for the lifetime of the contract.

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JUST LAUNCHED! National Maritime Blue Prime Networking Group

We can’t always meet in person but we can always form a virtual connection, which is almost as good and you don’t need to iron a shirt.

To that aim, National Maritime have created a brand-new Facebook Group, where our Blue Prime members can interact with each other; post ideas, news, collaborations, new innovations, questions and concerns. This forum will support business and develop relationships that will make progress happen. We need input from our SME’s to Inform the SME Maritime Working Group about the key issues that affect the sector, in order to progress concerns and offer solutions at a governmental level. We want to create a fertile ground for business to grow; it’s all done here.

If you are a SME that works in or with the Maritime industry and you source, service or produce in the UK you can register to Blue Prime and become a member of the UK’s Largest SME Maritime Network and enjoy all the free benefits that entails, one of which is access to this new online forum.

We are a community of UK Maritime SMEs, enjoying access to services and content for free. We believe in making it easier for companies to access the right business support and advice, which is why we operate a ‘Pay as you Go’ membership service, providing a more value-added solution than the traditional trade association membership model. We do not ask you to pay membership fees, only pay when you require our services.

FREE BENEFITS:

  • Company listing on Blue Prime, the online directory for UK maritime SME
  • Exclusive access to our Blue Prime on-line networking group
  • Authorised use of official UK quality marks and National Maritime logos
  • Receive ‘Maritime Connection’, our bi-monthly e-newsletter sent to your in-box
  • Access to the National Maritime SME Working v
  • One hour business advice clinic with a Maritime Enterprise Development Mentor
  • Book lounge areas & business pods for meetings at any Blue Space maritime hub with free Wi-Fi
  • Discounts on meeting and training room hire at any Blue Space maritime hub
  • Invitations to National Maritime member-only events
  • Entitlement to member offers and discounts on networking events, goods and services
  • Receive a Blue Prime Privilege Card to help access all member offers
  • First to hear about and book National Maritime’s local and international events

Simply upload your business, promote your services & offer a reward that appeals to your customers. Make the maritime connection and start doing business today.

Blue Prime – National Maritime (nmdg.co.uk)

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Excited To Announce Our New Co-Chair of National Maritime’s SME Maritime Working Group

Tim Munn – Consultant for Iconsys and XDMC

As we continue to rethink and transform the global supply chain model to help best drive trade and growth on behalf of UK maritime SMEs, I am delighted that our Maritime Sustainability Technology Champion Tim Munn will be co-chairing with our future SME Maritime Working Group meetings.

The purpose of the SME Maritime Working Group is to bring together the best specialists or ‘sector champions’ to examine key issues, make valuable connections, share best practices and suggest improved approaches to develop strong sustainable supply chains and encourage a collaborative approach for the long-term success of the whole sector.

South London born but brought up on the Isle of Wight, Tim moved up north to start his career as an electrical engineer. After a whirlwind romance in Brazil, where he met and married his wife of 15 years, he moved back to the UK and settled down to bring up their two boys. In 2006 he started working for ABB – offshore & marine, as an engineer and progressed to a senior position there in business development. With many years of experience under his belt he has now embarked on a new chapter of his career, consulting for Iconsys – Automated Technology Solutions and XDM Controls. He resides in Doncaster now, indulging his hobby of home automation systems, when he has a spare minute, and looks forward to travelling back to his second home in Southern Brazil as soon as he is can.

As an industry stalwart, Tim is a great champion of our cause and this new position will see him broadening his skills further.

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Consortex Project Promotes a Virtual Congress Gathering SMEs from Atlantic Area

The Virtual Congress will happen between the 2nd and the 4th of March 2021, bringing together representatives from almost 40 SMEs with activity in the Shipbuilding sector from Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland, and the UK. The event will happen through the VirBELA platform.

The CONSORTEX Virtual Congress will host meetings from the six Interregional Exporting Consortia established under the Project. The objective, as CONSORTEX is coming to an end, is to give a step forward towards the constitution of those Consortia, consisting of European SMEs specialised in the manufacture of built-in packages for vessels and marine structures (Deck, Vessel Design, Accommodation, Engine Room, Bridge and Offshore Energy). 

The Project partners are committed to bringing together the Atlantic Area Shipbuilding SMEs, promoting the collaboration between them. In this context, the event will be also of relevance as the companies will have the chance to attend B2B meetings.

The Congress takes place after three rounds of meetings with SMEs, arranged between 2019 and 2020. Despite all the pandemic constraints, the CONSORTEX partnership managed to organise virtual meetings that were important to support and stimulate companies finding common interests and setting strategies. Therefore, 36 European SMEs will integrate six Export Consortia, focusing on combining expertise and assets to address international markets and new business opportunities. 

Foro Marítimo Vasco leads CONSORTEX project, which gathers the partners Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar, Associação das Indústrias Navais, MTU – Munster Technological University, National Maritime, Clúster del Sector Naval Gallego and Bretagne Pôle Naval. Co-funded by the INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme, the Project aims to promote the competitiveness and internationalisation of the Shipbuilding sector and its ancillary industry in Portugal, Spain, France, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

With a total budget of over € 1.6 million and an ERDF incentive, through the INTERREG Atlantic Area programme, of almost € 1.3 million, CONSORTEX will end in March 2021.

For further information on CONSORTEX, please see www.consortex.eu

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The Falls of Clyde – bringing a 140-year-old bulk carrier into the twenty-first century; an alternative power project.

When you’re asked to work on a project restoring a 140-year-old bulk carrier to her former glory, it’s something you simply cannot refuse. 

The Falls of Clyde, the only remaining sail-driven oil tanker in the world, is heading back to her birthplace in Scotland after sailing the seas for 140 years. Built in 1878 she is a survivor and the last of her kind, a testimony to the workmanship of Scottish shipbuilding.

Currently based in Honolulu and at risk of neglect, David O’Neill, the creator and director of Falls of Clyde International, an organisation founded to save the historic Falls of Clyde from being ‘scuttled’ by the Honolulu harbours department.

“She will become a symbol of Scotland’s lead in the world of new eco-technologies, alternative propulsion and hydrogen/ electric power systems”.

David’s vision wasn’t to keep her as a static nod to Scotland’s proud nautical past by turning her into a dry-docked museum, but rather create a unique piece of history capable of sailing for a further 140 years. With a passion for the environment and climate change, David set out to create a carbon-neutral vessel that will fly the flag for Scotland’s engineering and green tech abilities.

MIT is thrilled to have been approached by the Falls of Clyde International to look at developing a sustainable diesel alternative power solution for this unusual project. Our expert team of alternative power engineers have been working on a range of solutions to deliver emission-free sailing.  

The initial plans are to use a combination of industry-leading marine thrusters, driven by either electric or hydrogen power. Manufactured by Veth Propulsion with an ethos built around simplistic and intensely engineered solutions. Over the last 5-6 decades, they have developed a range of robust and sustainable emission-free power alternatives, suitable for a variety of vessels due to the flexibility of their models. 

Tom Binns, Sales Manager, MIT, said “With sustainability at the core of our business strategy, we are delighted to play a role in such a historical project. Backed by Veth Propulsion, we are confident we have the best solution to deliver years of emission-free sailing. We look forward to welcoming such a prominent part of Scottish maritime history back to our waters”.

The Falls of Clyde International are currently engaging with a property developer based in Glasgow to discuss a new home for the vessels rebuild. The proposal would also offer the possibility of creating a new maritime centre on the site.

Marine architects and designers also have the opportunity to be involved with the project. FOCI plan to launch a competition for the redesign of the entire ship.  Details to be released shortly.

You can follow her journey in full here: https://www.foci.scot/

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Reich – MIT Partnership Boosts Coupling Business Success In 2020

In the six months since the partnership between Reich and MIT (Marine & Industrial Transmissions Limited) was formally announced, the commercial and business landscape has changed significantly. Notwithstanding the challenges presented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the combined efforts of both parties have resulted in successful contract wins across several different market sectors.

The new working partnership, established in January 2020, set out to capitalise on Reich’s technical expertise and the international reputation for reliability and performance of their torsionally flexible and torsionally rigid coupling ranges. Combined with the recognition of MIT as an established centre of excellence for driveline systems, this delivers unparalleled customer support throughout system design, supply, commissioning, maintenance, repair, spares and overhaul or replacement.

(Reich’s TOK Coupling – LEFT and VSK Coupling – RIGHT have been at the heart of success for MIT so far in 2020)

Despite the cancellation of exhibitions and events planned to reinforce the partnership, enquiry levels and sales have met expectations. Tom Binns, Sales Manager MIT, comments: “While, like most businesses, we have had to re-think our sales and marketing strategy for 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have started to gain traction within the market place and are working on a number of new coupling projects. We are committed to focusing on our ability to deliver a comprehensive and tailored technical solution into both marine and industrial market sectors, backed by Reich’s quick response on technical queries and their short delivery lead-times.”

Reich UK Ltd General Manager David Proud added, “Our D2C (design to customer) philosophy has been instrumental in strengthening our working partnership with MIT. To date, we have delivered a number of application-specific coupling solutions based upon our TOK and VSK ranges, and we are currently working on several additional opportunities where our technology will deliver robust and reliable driveline solutions for MIT and their customers. ”

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Sustainable fisheries enshrined in law as UK leaves the EU

Legislation creating the powers for the UK to operate as an independent coastal state and manage its fish stocks sustainably outside the EU is being introduced into Parliament today (29th January 2020). The introduction of the Fisheries Bill delivers a legal guarantee the UK will leave the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) at the end of the Transition Period, in December 2020 – allowing the UK to control who may fish in our waters, and on what terms, for the first time since 1973.The Bill ends current automatic rights for EU vessels to fish in British waters.

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£15.4 million funding boost for English fishing industry

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, today (24 October 2019) delivered a boost for the English fishing and seafood industry ahead of Brexit by opening applications for £15.4 million from two UK fishing funds.

The £14.7 million share of a £37.2 million UK-wide fund announced last December, will encourage the take up of innovation and technology, supporting jobs in coastal communities. In addition, £700,000 from a £2 million UK-wide fund announced in the 2018 Budget is ring-fenced for fishing safety improvements on board English vessels and around ports and harbours.

English fishermen and those working in the seafood sector will today be able to apply for a share of the new Maritime Fisheries Fund (MFF), which is designed to ensure the fishing and seafood industry continues to thrive once the UK leaves the EU on 31st October.

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