Cleaner shipping receives £34 million UK Government boost with next round of innovative tech funding


The UK maritime sector was given greater support to deliver innovative solutions and new technology in the race to decarbonise the industry and grow the economy, as the national Government committed an extra £34 million of funding, as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC) today (7 July).

With the fourth round of funding, this brings the total invested through the CMDC to £129 million. The competition looks to foster and promote the continued progress towards reaching our net zero goals through the development of novel and sustainable technologies that will help connect people, goods and services in a cleaner, greener way.

Maritime Minister Baroness Charlotte Vere of Norbiton (pictured) said: “Pushing the boundaries of possibility is integral to the UK’s global ambition of a greener maritime sector. That’s why today’s new round of funding continues to set that course, not only keeping our climate goals on track but also boosting opportunities for private investment, new jobs and growing the economy.

“The UK’s maritime sector is one of the most competitive and innovative in the world and today’s latest Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition funding is testament to that.”

Today’s funding will open for applications on 2 August until 27 September. The competition scope and eligibility criteria are available to read on the competition webpage now. Prospective bids will be assessed against a range of criteria to see how likely they will deliver on real world demonstrations of clean maritime technology. This can include everything from creating alternative fuel sources for freight ships to pushing the limits of battery powered vessels.
A total of 105 projects across the UK have been awarded more than £95m in the first three rounds of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition to support the design and development of clean maritime solutions towards commercialisation. One example of this is MJR Controls, which has been developing a charging system that can be installed on offshore wind turbines. This will power electric crew transfer boats and maintenance vessels operating in offshore wind farms, reducing carbon emissions.

Elsewhere, Collins River Enterprises has been awarded £6 million of funding to demonstrate a zero-emission electric river ferry from Canary Wharf to Rotherhithe in London. The ferry will provide a sustainable alternative to a polluting drive or busy tube and create a blueprint for sustainable ferry crossings across the UK and around the world.