Port of Felixstowe Hutchison Ports UK Wight Shipyard Co & a whole host of Thames River Operators announced as Clean Maritime Demonstration Programme Winners

Building on the vision set out in the Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom Clean maritime plan 2019, the competition has allocated up to £23,259,000 match-funding to UK innovators to support the design and development of zero emission vessel technologies and greener ports through a series of technology trials and feasibility studies.

This one-year ‘springboard programme’ will lay the foundations for a network of real-world projects, gearing up maritime decarbonisation in the UK and sparking the transition to net zero shipping.

Following an independent assessment, 55 projects won the competition. Supported by private consortia comprising 208 partners from around the UK, these projects were announced London International Shipping Week 2021. They represent a total investment of £33.5 million and will be completed by March 2022.

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Scots investment bank backs Nova Innovation

TIDAL energy pioneer Nova Innovation Ltd has secured £6.4 million from The Scottish National Investment Bank to fund manufacturing and distribution of its innovative subsea tidal turbines.

The investment will see Nova increase its presence across the UK and expand into new global markets.

The Edinburgh-based company’s innovative 100kW tidal turbines have been transforming the power of the sea into clean, predictable energy in Shetland since 2016.

By focusing on scalable solutions, Nova has been able to install, adapt and enhance its technology on site, creating a reliable and replicable product for mass production.

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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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UK duo to pilot robotic turbine inspection tools

Eleven-I and Innvotek successful in latest GE and ORE Catapult ‘Stay Ashore’ programme call

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National Maritime Strengthens SME Support With Key Appointments

We are pleased to announce the further strengthening of our SME Maritime Working Group with the appointment of three new sector champions .

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Closing Soon : 9th May 2021 : 2nd Ocean Innovation Challenge on Sustainable Fisheries

Up to $250,000 + 1:1 support available.

The Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) is a unique new mechanism that has been designed to accelerate progress on SDG14 by identifying, financing, advising, & mentoring truly innovative, entrepreneurial & creative approaches to ocean & coastal restoration & protection that sustains livelihoods & advances the ‘blue economy’.

The OIC seeks innovations that are transferable, replicable, & scalable to achieve maximum catalytic impact. Through this challenge it is seeking innovative solutions that address one or more of the following SDG 14 targets:

14.4 By 2020, end overfishing, IUU fishing & destructive fishing practices

14.7 By 2030, increase the economic benefits to SIDS & LDCs from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries (and) aquaculture.

14.b Provide access for small scale artisanal fishers to marine resources & markets

Project proponents can include governments, private companies (including start-ups), NGO/CSO, United Nations entities, academic institutions, & intergovernmental organizations.

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Angus first for UK shore-to-ship medi-drone delivery trials

Montrose Port Authority will this week stage the inaugural trials in the Project MediDrone initiative.

If successful, it could see drones become a common sight at ports and over the sea.

They could open up the opportunity for Covid-19 tests and other medical supplies to be delivered to and from vessels without them needing to dock or be boarded by harbour pilots.

Experts say the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could cut costs and improve safety and efficiency.

The medical use would further reduce risk of infection being brought back to shore and into the community.

The trials are being coordinated by London-based technology firm Neuron Innovations in partnership with ‘drone-in-a-box’ provider HEROTECH8 LTD and specialist insurance and risk management company, Flock.

The scheme has been funded by a UK government innovation grant.

Montrose is already at the centre of ambitious proposals for the UK’s first drone port.

It is linked to the £500 million Zero Four business development which could bring 2,000 new jobs to Angus.

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