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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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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Plans to redevelop Govan shipyard for future

A plan to redevelop Govan Shipyard has been drawn up which would modernise the yard and is hoped would help attract future orders.

The plan by owners BAE Systems is to demolish existing buildings on the site, including an historic A-listed engine shed, and extend the current shipbuilding shed back towards Govan Road.

It would allow ships to be built entirely indoors and allow the shipbuilding operation to be under cover.

The plans are at an early stage with a Proposal of Application Notice and location plan submitted to Glasgow City Council.

BAE had a previous plan to build a ‘frigate factory’ at Scotstoun with indoor ship halls which would have been a £200m investment, which it later abandoned.

The Govan plan is nowhere the scale of the frigate factory but it will modernise the operation on the south of the river.

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Plans for £130m cable factory in the North East

A £130m factory making cables for offshore wind farms is to be built on the Northumberland coast, creating 170 new jobs and safeguarding another 270 in the region.

JDR Cable Systems, which already has sites in the North East at Newcastle and Hartlepool, wants to build the plant at Cambois, near Blyth, after receiving a grant to cover some of the construction costs from the Government’s Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support scheme.

JDR and its parent company, the TFK Group, hope to raise the rest of the funding for the project from financial instutions and the Government’s UK Export Finance scheme.

When complete, it will be the only facility in the UK capable of producing high voltage subsea cables for offshore wind farms from start to finish, supporting the growing – and increasingly lucrative – renewable energy market.

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UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group – COP26

At last week’s meeting of the UK SME Maritime Working Group at the magnificent Woods Quay, our co-chair and technology champion Tim Munn announced the launch of the National Maritime UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group during DSEI and London International Shipping Week 2021

With planning well underway, the group will first meet during the COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference where a panel of leading influencers will participate in a simulcast event between audiences in Glasgow and London.

The working group 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 alongside our members, it will be a well-informed working group discussing the technical, regulatory, and financial challenges to vessel design and conversion and infrastructure development.

To register your interest in the group and attend the events contact Tim Munn or Peter Green or e:

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Today we honour the men and women of the sea

To those that have served or given their lives in past conflicts and to those that continue to bring us 90% of everything we use, thank you.

We thought we would share with you some old footage of cadets being put through their paces.

There has been a National Sea Training College in Gravesend since 1918.  Founded to train boys aged 15/16 to join the Merchant Navy.

Around 70,000 were trained there & it became known as the best sea training school in the world. A tradition maintained today by our partners the National Maritime Training Centre North Kent College led by Stephen Watkins

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The Nautical Archaeology Society welcomes National Maritime CEO Peter Green as a Trustee

The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) is delighted to announce that Peter Green has joined the Board of Trustees, bringing his unique depth of experience of the maritime world and its key industries to enhance our planning and strategy going forward.

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Britain’s LR to focus on shipping with sale of division to Goldman Sachs arm

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has agreed to sell its business assurance and cyber security division to Goldman Sachs Asset Management as the company focuses on maritime activities.

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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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Dunkirk Little Ship inspires new boatbuilding centre and museum

The Skylark IX Recovery Trust announced ambitious plans to secure a bright future for the much-loved Skylark IX ‘Dunkirk Little Ship’ at the heart of a new immersive heritage experience and boatbuilding training centre in Dumbarton.

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