Maritime Research & Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) has welcomed the Department of Transport’s Maritime 2050 strategy, especially the Technology theme.
The Maritime sector is of fundamental importance to islands nations like the UK and the industry has scope to grow substantially in this global market, which the Government estimates will double to $3 trillion by 2030.
Maritime 2050 marks a very positive development in UK Government influence on maritime research and innovation outcomes. Maritime sector innovation, while essential, is not currently coordinated or attuned to national priorities. The diverse nature of the UK’s maritime sector has meant that innovation investment has lacked scale in comparison to other similarly sized sectors in the UK.
MarRI-UK says a new virtual national innovation centre, strong on collaboration, will right this disparity and provide a channel to address some of the big global challenges. Harnessing leading academic research with highly innovative SMEs under the umbrella of the major companies will enable the UK to seek leadership in products, services and thinking. Leveraging innovation, MarRI-UK aims to address Maritime 2050 Technology needs in the midst of a profound transition for the global sector. For example, emission reduction challenges being set for the maritime industry by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) require new, ground-breaking, commercially viable solutions.
MarRI-UK will work closely with industry, academia and Government to help deliver Maritime 2050.
Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK, said: “Maritime 2050 rightly challenges us to collaborate to realise the opportunities ahead; whether that’s on autonomy, low-carbon technologies, or elsewhere.
“MarRI-UK will deliver a truly national network of maritime innovation hubs – building upon the capacity and expertise of our universities and world-leading companies.
“In MarRI-UK, industry and government have a credible collaborative vehicle to deliver key technology recommendations from Maritime 2050.”