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Email News April 2019

Welcome to the April 2019 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2019-03-05 12:46:23

SpaceWave finalise their Internationalisation Strategy to accelerate use of Earth Observation in Blue Economy Growth

The EU funded SpaceWave project has finalised its Internationalisation Strategy which aims to optimise Europe’s full potential of the use of Earth Observation technologies in Blue Growth. The Internationalisation Strategy covers a timescale of 5 years (2018-2022) and aims to establish SpaceWave as the reference point and gateway for Europe for Earth Observation applications in Blue Growth industries.

The SpaceWave Project has been co-funded by the European programme for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (COSME). The Blue Economy is a strategic area considered to be a 'new frontier' for the economic development of oceans and offers opportunities for cluster collaboration and business growth for European SMEs.

Through collaborative working with cluster partners and key technology providers, the project has identified the most promising EO technologies and the most appropriate European and International stakeholders, clusters and business networks to work with in targeted countries. The SpaceWave project is targeting four countries: Australia, Canada, South Africa and United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is addressing markets with high-potential such as; aquaculture, fisheries, maritime surveillance, maritime traffic, coastal protection and hazards, port infrastructures and sea level rise.

The SpaceWave project has identified a number of use-cases that demonstrate both significant market opportunities and European capabilities relevant to those opportunities. The use-cases have identified the Earth observation and other satellite capabilities that are required, and have shown how these will be integrated with other capabilities within maritime information services. A selection of European companies bringing these capabilities has been identified, including a wide range of SMEs active in fields such as communications, data analytics and application development.

The use-cases have also considered both solutions available today and also future solutions potentially available subject to innovation. The existing solutions give confidence that firms will be able to secure international business in the next phase of SpaceWave activity. The future potential also signposts how European firms will be able to reinforce their competitive advantage through innovation. This will be an important feature of building long-term business potential in the rapidly evolving market for maritime information services.

The Internationalisation Strategy has identified a number of tools to support SMEs including training sessions, branding toolkits, study visits, newsletters, innovation clubs, matchmaking missions, and B2B events. The Internationalisation Strategy will also exploit synergies with other programmes and initiatives already launched in Europe including the DG Grow Copernicus Programme, GSA European GNSS Agency, ESA European Space Agency and National Space Agencies.

For more information visit ECCP website or contact the project manager Maude Perier-Camby

The partners in the SpaceWave project are Aerospace Valley (AV), Pôle Mer Méditerannée (PMM), Marine South East (MSE) Limited and the Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale (DTA).

Posted 2019-03-05 12:48:58

Opportunities for businesses to provide smart energy solutions for island communities and off-grid locations

Businesses offering smart energy-efficient solutions such as offshore renewable energy, energy storage systems, smart grid systems, alternative fuels etc are being invited to sign up to the Intelligent Community Energy (ICE) European Project.

Companies that can supply electricity solutions will be able to promote their technologies and services in order to develop business opportunities to supply remote island and isolated off-grid communities including Ushant Island.
Many remote communities and islands have no connection to wider electricity distribution systems and are dependent on imported energy supplies, typically fossil fuel driven. These energy systems tend to be less reliable, more expensive and produce more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than mainland grid systems.

Supported by Interreg VA France (Channel) England, the Intelligent Community Energy (ICE) project aims to facilitate the design and implementation of innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories of the Channel area that face unique energy challenges.

An 'ICE' label will be awarded to applying companies to certify they have expertise in smart grids and their solutions are suited to isolated territories and are transferable. The 'ICE' label will offer commercial opportunities, testing possibilities and a package of support including market intelligence, networking and matchmaking events, increased market exposure and support to identify funding sources. The project is looking to sign up companies within the entire energy cycle from production through to consumption.
There will be opportunities for the smart energy solutions to be implemented and tested at real pilot demonstration sites in the UK and France. This project offers businesses a reduced competitiveness hurdle to access new markets and a possible launch-pad for the internationalisation of new technologies.
The smart energy solutions must be able to provide solutions or services within the framework of low carbon energy models for isolated territories.

For more information about eligibility and selection criteria please visit:

Applications can be submitted through the online form available at the following link:

Posted 2019-03-21 17:54:08

Sustainable technologies for inland shipping looking for test vessels

The CLINSH (CLean INland SHipping) project partners are calling for inland shipping operators and barge owners who are willing to invest in improving their vessel or fleet’s sustainability.

The third European tender for the practical trials of this project, which aims to improve sustainability in the inland shipping industry, will be open until 22nd April 2019, 14:00.

Measuring equipment will be installed on every ship that participates in the CLINSH practical trials, after which the ship emissions will be continuously measured over a period of at least one year. This will yield valuable information about the environmental performance and operating costs associated with the various technologies.

Which ships are invited to participate?
A maximum of 20 vessels will be able to participate in this third trial stage, with the following fuels and technologies being included:

* SCR combined with DPF
* FWE or FWE+ combined with (temporary) GTL
* Euro VI / NRE
* 100% electric
* Hybrid or diesel-electric
* Installation of electronic common rail technique

The project is also searching for vessels to serve as control group in the trial, running on LNG, CNG, Euro VI engine, CCR1 or CCR2 engine, or hybrid power.

Benefits of participation
Following the tender, the selected skippers will receive financial compensation for their participation in the CLINSH project. The ship owners will receive up to 50% of the costs for purchasing and installing the technology. Skippers who have already implemented emission-control technology or alternative fuel may be entitled to expenses of up to Euro10,000 per vessel. In addition, your participation will allow you to gain valuable knowledge about the various available technologies and the environmental benefits that you achieve, plus you will take on a pioneering role within the sector. Good environmental performance can help skippers in acquiring cargo contracts or gaining access to ports. Finally, skippers can receive compensation for converting their vessels today, rather than waiting until these changes might become mandatory in the future.

CLINSH is a demonstration project aiming to assess the cost and effectiveness of emission-control technologies and alternative fuels in actual practice. CLINSH receives support from the European LIFE fund. The total budget for the project is at least Euro8.5 million, which will enable the European LIFE Fund, with its 16 partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom, to invest in a range of projects that will contribute to a more sustainable inland navigation sector.

If you are interested in participating in the CLINSH practical trials, please e-mail us at and use 'Notify Tender CLINSH' as subject. You will then receive the registration information and an application form. We look forward to hearing from you.

Posted 2019-03-18 15:01:44

Research Fellow opportunity for specialist in fibre-reinforced composite manufacturer

The University of Plymouth, Faculty of Science and Engineering is seeking a research fellow for the InterReg 2 Seas funded project SeaBioComp.

This post will support a defined programme of work in the development of resin infusion processes for in situ polymerisation of bio-based monomers as the matrix for fibre reinforced polymers (FRP) during composites manufacture.

The post will also require consideration of appropriate materials selection with regard to the environmental burdens of the system assessed using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

The post will be working within the Materials and Structures (MAST) Composites Engineering research group in the School of Engineering.

The position requires a PhD in fibre-reinforced composite manufacture or similar. The role requires specialist knowledge of composite manufacturing processes, a keen interest in environmental issues, advanced knowledge of research design and methods, and significant experience of undertaking applied qualitative and quantitative research projects.

Interreg 2 Seas is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme covering England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders) part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The funding stream aims to develop an innovative, knowledge and research based, sustainable and inclusive 2 Seas area, where natural resources are protected and the green economy is promoted.

For more information please visit

Posted 2019-03-27 17:05:39

Development of technical profiles and training curriculum for the ports and logistics sector

The European ONBOARD project, of which Marine South East is a partner, is aiming to design and validate an apprenticeship model for the ports and logistics sector.

The project partners recently met in Ireland to exchange their thoughts and discuss further developments related to the next steps and activities of the project. Also, the discussions allowed the definition of a detailed work plan for the next period of the project, namely:

* The national workshops and interviews being performed in Portugal, Ireland and the United Kingdom, currently, for the validation of the qualification profiles and training curricula for the ports and logistics sector;

* The Apprenticeships' Model to support and guide educational & training organizations and companies of the sector, to strengthen the cooperation and communication in all stages of an apprenticeships' schemes;

* The training of professionals of the apprenticeships' schemes, endowing them with the necessary knowledge and tools to better support trainees at the workplace. With it, it is fostered better cooperation between educational & training organizations, trainees and companies of the apprenticeship's schemes.

To stay updated about the activities and results of the project, please visit

If you are interested in taking part in the national validation workshops and interviews please contact Andreia Monteiro at

OnBoard is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme.

Posted 2019-03-29 12:48:25

Training against cyber-attack in the maritime sector

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)’s MLA College, together with the University of Sunderland and Stapleton International, has developed an online Maritime Cyber Risk Awareness Course to help address an industry-wide lack of preparedness against digital threats.

Modern ships and seafarers are prime targets for cyber-attacks. It has been shown that bridge systems such as GPS, ECDIS, radar and autopilot systems can be compromised by outsiders which poses a significant safety risk. And it is not only vessel navigation that can be undermined, but control systems for ballast water, vessel stability, engines and propulsion can all be targeted by increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals.

The threat is omnipresent, as the infrastructure that supports shipping, such as ports and shore-based businesses being just as vulnerable as ships. As the frequency and complexity of these attacks is set to rise, organisations will have to build stronger defences, chiefly by training their employees and equipping them with the knowledge to keep the business safe. It will soon become crucial for all employees - no matter how big or small the company - to understand the latest threats, the extent of the damage they could do, and the best way to prevent or deal with a breach of security.

Cyber-security skills are not only beneficial to operations and to the staff, but also for business continuity. This new training course aims to overcome the dangers and can be completed online and consists of four modules: the cyber security threat; the digital threat using your personal information; the digital threat using your IT device and the physical and human threat.

Find out more about the course at the following link:

Posted 2019-03-18 15:14:55

Find the best talent in the Solent

Finding the right talent for your organisation can be a challenge.

Solent Futures can help by linking you with Solent University students and graduates with the skills and enthusiasm to help your business grow.

Visit the Solent Futures new webpage to find out how your business can engage with Solent from on-campus events to live briefs.

You can also register jobs for Solent students and graduates on their online jobs board. Whether its part-time work, placements, internships or graduate positions your business can advertise for free and attract the right talent to grow your business.

Posted 2019-03-18 14:37:16

Solent LEP Catalyst Business Accelerator Programme

Solent LEP are offering this 12 week fully-funded programme for start-ups and early stage businesses.

The programme is based at the University of Southampton Science Park and the next programme will begin in April 2019.

For more information please click the following link:

The Catalyst Accelerator is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into commercial successes. The proven three month intensive programme is worth up to £15,000 but is fully funded for successful applicants. Catalyst is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into commercial successes.
Benefit from:

* Retaining the equity in your company - no stake is taken by any party involved in Catalyst.
* Introductions to potential investors at the Catalyst Investor Event.
* Completing an investment-ready Business Plan, Management Team Plan and Funding Plan.
* High-level one-to-one mentoring with world class business leaders.
* Commercially focused weekly peer group workshops.
* Access to a dynamic network of entrepreneurs and investors at Southampton Science Park.
* Free of charge office base for the duration of the programme.
* Free of charge laboratory space for the duration of the programme (subject to requirements).
* A £500 cash injection for start-up business expenses.

Catalyst is open to all entrepreneurs with an early stage business - or an ingenious idea for one.

You'll need to commit a minimum of 2 days each week for 12 weeks to fully benefit from the programme. It is best suited to those located within reach of Southampton.

Posted 2019-03-06 14:09:57

Business Development Manager opportunity at South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications

The University of Portsmouth hosts the South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, sponsored by the Satellite Applications Catapult.

They are seeking a Business Development Manager to develop, manage and maintain relationships with universities, large and small businesses, and government organisations.

The position will be responsible for enhancing the innovation, knowledge exchange and potential arising from activities in research areas pertinent to satellite applications.

Priority will be given to networking and support activities to initiate and fund new projects.

For more details please visit and select the Business Development Manager role.

Posted 2019-03-27 16:55:48

NEXT GENERATION Specialist One Day Marine Safety Workshops, 2nd, 3rd, 4th April 2019, Southampton

NEXT GEN 2019 is a unique programme of three specialist one day workshops run 'back to back' on 2nd, 3rd and 4th April 2019 for the sub IMO/sub 24m professional marine sector.

Taking place at the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton, the fast moving programme brings together an international group of 25 experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide - and highlight potential solutions!

The aim is to address the fact that in recent years less people are expected to do more work in less time and to ensure that safety remains paramount.

The programme for the workshops is as follows:

NEXT GEN Man Overboard Prevention & Recovery on 2nd April 2019 is relevant to all people working on or near to water. Expert presenters highlight lessons learned and give viable methods to reduce loss of life at sea, in harbours, docks and marinas.

NEXT GEN Safety Systems & Equipment Workshop on 3rd April 2019 delves into future requirements along with integration of traditional and innovative systems into the maritime workplace to improve safety, communication and situational awareness.

NEXT GEN Shock Mitigation Solutions Workshop on 4th April 2019 focusses on managing the risk of operating planing craft in waves. Extreme applications have driven rapid development and cost effective solutions are now becoming available for lower speed vessels.

NEXT GEN Workshop days are relevant to workboats, pilot boats, patrol, search & rescue, survey, wind farm support, superyacht tenders, training and charter vessels. UK attendees include Royal Navy, Ministry of Defence, Border Force, HM Coastguard and the RNLI. International attendees include professional and military organisations, boat builders, equipment manufacturers, service providers and classification organisations.

There is a discount for members of British Marine, UKMPA, RINA, YBDSA, UKHMA. Supporters of the event include UK Maritime Pilots, University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University.

To register for all or any of the Next Gen workshops please contact Julie Arthur on +44 (0) 7449 000228 or email

To see the full programme and speakers please visit:

Posted 2018-09-18 11:23:06

Ocean Business, 9th - 11th April 2019, Southampton

Ocean Business 2019, the international sea technology show brings together industry at key networking and co-located business meetings.

Ocean Business is hosting a number of free to attend high profile meetings and industry events when it takes place from 9-11 April 2019 at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK.

A particular highlight is Enterprise Europe's B2B matchmaking event, taking place on Wednesday 10th April. This is a free event designed to bring together potential business partners during pre-arranged 20 minute meetings. It provides business development opportunities for both exhibitors and visitors who are interested in marine engineering, maritime defence, environmental monitoring and pollution control, ports and harbours, and marine autonomous systems.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is the UK's leading institution for integrated coastal and deep ocean research. In a series of interactive events held over the three days, the NOC will be reaching out to the community to understand the needs of the industry in terms of science and technology to support the future of the sector. Discussions will focus around ships and equipment chartering, official development assistance (ODA), marine science and technology, and marine data products. These free events provide the perfect opportunity to help steer the direction of science and technology for the good of the industry.

Another important event of particular interest for marine spatial planning (MSP), blue growth sectors, and policy and regulation, is the ATLAS workshop. ATLAS is a four year EU project assessing Atlantic deep-sea ecosystems to create the integrated and adaptive planning products needed for sustainable blue growth, marine conservation and resource use in a changing climate. In a workshop on Wednesday 10th April, exhibitors and visitors are invited to hear about the latest project results and join the discussion over refreshments.

For those interested in driving innovation and competitiveness, Marine South East will be holding a workshop on Tuesday 9th April, focusing on how a number of key enabling technologies are driving innovation and business in the maritime sector. Up for discussion will be technologies such as micro and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics and advanced manufacturing technologies. The workshop will help companies understand how these technologies can transform their business.

For all those interested in BlueTech clusters, The Maritime Alliance are hosting a meeting on Monday 8th April, the day before the show opens. Bringing together academia, industry and policy maker to create a 'Blue Voice', 10 leading BlueTech clusters from 8 countries will meet to discuss how member clusters and member companies can collaborate and explore ways to work with developing clusters globally. Anyone who is interested in BlueTech clusters are invited to attend. Contact The Maritime Alliance for further information on attending.

This year's Ocean Business offers so much for visitors with over 360 exhibitors from across the globe, a training and demonstration programme with more than 184 hours of sessions, Ocean Careers providing career and recruitment advice, and a full line-up of enjoyable social events for informal networking. Other associated industry events will be announced over the next few weeks.

For more information please visit

Posted 2019-02-28 13:46:04

Find out about Key Enabling Technologies to drive innovation and competitiveness in your business, 9th April 2019, Ocean Business, Southampton

Marine South East will be hosting a workshop looking at how a number of Key Enabling Technologies are driving innovation and competitiveness in the maritime sector at Ocean Business on Tuesday 9th April 2019 from 10am to 12 noon.

Marine South East is a partner in a European project called KETMaritime and will be presenting information and case studies on key technologies such as micro and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics and advanced manufacturing technologies all of which can assist maritime companies bring new processes, products and services to market.

The workshop will include discussion of the case studies to enable firms to understand how some of these technologies could directly assist their business. The event would be of interest to both SMEs and larger companies who are interesting in learning about Key Enabling Technologies that could transform their business.

For more information about the KETmaritime project please visit

To reserve your place at this free event please click on the registration button below. Please note you will also need to register to attend the Ocean Business Exhibition and Conference at

The event will take place on Tuesday 9th April 2019 from 10am to 12noon in conference room 344/32 (level4) at Ocean Business which takes place at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.

Posted 2019-01-31 14:56:38

Solent Apprenticeship Conference, 10th April 2019, Southampton

Solent University is hosting their first Solent apprenticeship conference, where they will be taking a look at the best from National Apprenticeship Week 2019 and finding out how apprenticeships are benefiting businesses in the Solent area.

The event aims to help businesses to get the right information to maximise your levy, and give support to SMEs to gain 95% funding for apprenticeships.

There will be a Q&A session with apprentices, employers and apprenticeship experts, as well as having guest speakers and running masterclasses. Attendance is free, but booking is required.

To register your free place please visit:

Posted 2019-03-13 09:52:49

Demonstration of Hybrid Electric Propulsion System for Small Vessels, 22nd May 2019, Falmouth

Interested commercial users, businesses and organisations are invited to the demonstration of an innovative modular hybrid propulsion system taking place on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 in Falmouth.

During this free event, delegates will be able to experience the hybrid propulsion system in operation on Falmouth Harbour in the working passenger ferry Kingsley II. Installation and testing of the new technology is well advanced in the vessel, owned by Cornwall Ferries Ltd. Participants will also learn about the benefits and opportunities this technology can offer through technical presentations networking with the HEVIMA project team.

Led by REAPsystems in Southampton, the HEVIMA project has been co-funded by Innovate UK, it offers the potential of significant savings in fuel, engine power rating, weight and emissions as well as reduced noise and vibration for commercial vessels up to 250kW.

The HEVIMA system is designed to outperform the efficiency and emission levels of existing hybrid systems for the small commercial vessel market and should offer operators significant benefits in terms of economy and improved vessel performance. Use of this technology is particularly relevant to the small commercial marine market where many vessels have duty cycles requiring significant load changes from their prime movers.

Commenting on the new technology, Tim Light, Director of Cornwall Ferries Ltd noted, "Our main interest in this innovation was as an early adopter to trial the concept of improving customer experience through reduced noise and vibration whilst at the same time further reducing both environmental impact and fuel cost. As an operator of 7 passenger vessels, some over 80 years old, the retrofit of this type of technology is not without challenges not least of which is the technical risk and relatively high cost of being a 'pre-market' user. The involvement of so many well respected organisations, both academics and commercial, with the addition of funding from Innovate UK has really helped the project push the boundaries of current technology and to utilise Kingsley II, an iconic passenger ferry that was built in Cornwall, as the donor boat for the trial.
We very much hope that the trial proves successful technically but just as importantly in terms of the customer experience and doing our bit to reduce the environmental impact of our public transport offering, something that our Company has always strived to lead on."

The demonstration event is taking place on Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 10.00-15.00 at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth and is free to attend. Please register your place now at the following link:

For more information about the HEVIMA project please visit:

Posted 2019-03-11 15:11:27