Email News June 2019

Welcome to the June 2019 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2019-05-09 16:39:13

Marine South East partners new European Project looking at bio-based composite products for the marine environment: SeaBioComp

Marine South East is a partner in SeaBioComp, a new collaborative project that has been launched to develop and produce novel bio-based thermoplastic composite materials and the analytical protocols to evaluate long-term durability and reduced ecological impact on the marine environment.

The project will develop 'demonstrator' bio-based composite alternatives to potentially replace traditional fibre-reinforced composites commonly used in the marine industries. Traditional oil-based products including fishing and seaweed farming components, energy harvesting equipment, boats, pontoons, anchoring and buoy parts are potentially being addressed by the project. The bio-composites will not only reduce the depletion of fossil-based resources but should also limit the emission of greenhouse gases and the ecotoxic impact of microplastics, while allowing recycling through the use of thermoplastic bio-polymers. Through the development of the bio-composite demonstrators, the project aims to significantly shift the perception within the marine industries that the use of bio-based composites can offer a realistic and viable alternative. The demonstrators and developed analytical protocols will help both industry and public authorities to address the growing concern regarding the global production and consumption of oil-based plastic materials and the long-term ecological impact of plastic litter and microplastics in the marine environment.

The group of research institutions, university research groups, SME's and specialist cluster organizations have come together under the EU Interreg 2 Seas programme, within the Technological Innovation theme. SeaBioComp is led by Centexbel (BE) and combines experts in polymer research, textile and composite formation with marine institutes, sector cluster organisations and public authorities.

More details including the specific aims, objectives and work packages of the project will be distributed throughout the duration of the project which runs from March 2019 to August 2022.

A new website will be coming soon at

Posted 2019-05-09 17:02:04

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

Atlantic Blue Ports demonstrate ballast water treatment system at European Maritime Day

The Atlantic Blue Ports project (co-funded by Interreg) has been demonstrating a new service for the treatment of ballast water.

During the European Maritime Day held in Portugal in May 2019, project partners Damen Green and Luminultra demonstrated their port-based treatment system InvaSave and the technologies and processes used to control the quality of the ballast water.

For more information about the Atlantic Blue Port project and to read the latest newsletter with details of the InvaSave system please visit:

Posted 2019-05-30 14:03:02

New Manufacturing Growth Programme launched

Having recently gained an additional £11.8m of funding to support the growth of small to medium-sized manufacturers, the Manufacturing Growth Programme offers grants for improvement projects to help accelerate business expansion.

Focused on helping businesses to overcome barriers to growth, this free service has recently been extended in the South East to parts of Surrey and all of Hampshire; potentially opening up support to a whole swathe of manufacturers on the south coast.

Robin Simpson, Manufacturing Growth Manager for the Solent region, commented that 'the Marine and Maritime sector is a key employer and one where I would like to see this funding making a significant impact.'.

Supported through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by Economic Growth Solutions, over 2,000 businesses have already benefited from this financial assistance since Autumn 2016. Providing a grant for a business to engage an external specialist, it can be used for projects as diverse as new product development and testing, to help with Marketing, as well as for buying in expertise to help achieve international standards, such as ISO9001.

Robin continued 'with a grant application process that has been recognised by employers for its ease and simplicity - removing the need for any time-consuming form-filling on the part of the business - and grant approval often coming within just a few days, this is a great opportunity to make some positive change.'.

To find out more, please contact Robin Simpson directly on 07773 228 147, email him at or visit the website .

Posted 2019-05-30 19:18:22

Solent University to build largest and most sophisticated maritime simulation centre

Solent University is building the UK’s largest and most sophisticated maritime simulation centre at its main campus in Southampton.

Part of the university’s overall investment of more than £40 million into maritime education and training, the new ship and port simulation centre will open in June.

The new centre will include the latest equipment and software from Wärtsilä including eight full mission bridge simulators; over fifty-part task simulators; a full mission engineering room simulator; HV simulators; liquid cargo simulators; on-and off-shore crane simulators; GMDSS radio communications and VTS suites; DP simulators; and four multi-purpose desktop simulation classrooms.

Posted 2019-05-30 18:58:54

Enterprise First Business Boost

Enterprise First is delivering an exciting new FREE programme entitled Business Boost.

It aims to test innovative ways of encouraging small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt existing technologies and business practices that boost productivity.

The programme will produce an evaluation report which will help inform the Government's Industrial Strategy. It will be delivered by experts in their field and the total package has been valued at £3,000.

Subjects covered will include: Executing strategy, Developing Lean processes, Effective Leadership, Financing Growth, Developing New Opportunities.

Entry criteria for businesses:
Less than 5 years old
Fewer than 20 employees
Annual turnover not exceeding £2m

To find out more please visit:

Posted 2019-05-29 10:41:33

How to improve productivity and reduce costs in manufacturing!

The EU-Japan Centre is currently calling for applications for the next 5-day World Class Manufacturing training mission in Japan. This programme is funded by the European Commission.

Since the first edition in 1992, more than 700 participants from across all EU Member states have participated in this practical training course.

The 5-day World Class Manufacturing training mission provides an in-depth analysis of Japanese manufacturing methodology and is aimed exclusively at EU managers with knowledge of WCM and an engineering background. It assists the participants to acquire a better understanding of TQC (Total Quality Control), TQM (Total Quality Management), TPM (Total Productive Maintenance), JIT (Just In Time), TIE (Total Industrial Engineering) practices and the current KAIZEN manufacturing methods (continuous improvement).

The training course consists of lectures, workshops and visits to some of the world’s most advanced Japanese factories in order to understand the real "Gemba" (production site), talk directly with their production managers and observe the effective implementation of manufacturing methods.

This course will give its participants a detailed understanding of current Japanese approaches that they can adapt to help their companies lean journeys.

The training dates in Japan are; 18th - 22nd November 2019.

The application deadline is Thursday, 4th July 2019

The programme provides:

* In-depth analysis of Japanese manufacturing methodology

* Lectures, seminars and panel discussions, presented by experts from Japanese industry

* Company and factory floor (Gemba) visits

* Preparation and post-visit reviews

The target delegates are EU managers working in manufacturing companies and with knowledge of World Class Manufacturing and an engineering background.

Special support for SMEs: No tuition fee and the European Commission grants Euro 600 to participants from SMEs.

More information:

Posted 2019-05-20 14:26:23

The University of Brighton is now inviting applications onto the Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship for September 2019

This Apprenticeship has been developed in line with the Apprenticeship Standard for a Civil Engineer and following the guidance provided by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).

It is an opportunity for employers of all sizes to attract high-calibre staff, upskill and motivate existing employees, develop expertise within their organisations and create future success in this sector.

Incorporating professional development in the workplace alongside academic study, this programme provides employed individuals with the opportunity to achieve a BEng award in Civil Engineering, develop valuable professional skills, workplace experience and acquire a professional qualification. The degree apprenticeship naturally incorporates many elements of the curriculum of our existing BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course with the additional benefit of work based learning.

Why the University of Brighton?

* 25 years' experience in producing high-quality Civil Engineering graduates
* A career-focused university with strong ties to industry
* High quality teaching and learning facilities and specialist laboratories
* Experienced staff, active both in research and consultancy
* Courses developed in partnership with our Industrial Advisory Board (comprised of external specialists with substantial experience in Civil Engineering)

For more information about this degree apprenticeship, please contact the apprenticeship team

Posted 2019-05-09 16:43:34

Solent LEP Prosperity Fund: Large Projects Webinar, 4th June 2019

Solent LEP are inviting you to join them on one of their free webinars to hear first hand from Stuart Baker, Head of Local Growth at Solent LEP, regarding the funding available to accelerate large capital projects with the potential to transform the Solent economy through co-investment of between £0.5m - £14m alongside local partners across the area.

Stuart Baker will discuss the requirements of the fund and answer any questions that you may have.

The Solent LEP has opened an invitation for businesses and other organisations to apply for funding from the new Solent Prosperity Fund. The LEP is seeking to accelerate large capital projects with the potential to transform the Solent economy through co-investment of between £0.5m - £14m alongside local partners across the area.

The funding competition will support those projects with the greatest potential to deliver new homes, business growth and skills. The fund will also target investment in connecting communities and business, through improved digital and transport infrastructure. Projects that can start on site in 2018/19 or 2019/20 will be prioritised for investment.

Please sign up to one of the webinars and if you are not able to make any of the proposed dates then please do get get in touch and one of our Solent LEP Growth Hub team will aim to support you directly.

To sign up please follow the link:

Posted 2019-05-20 14:01:07

Speed@Seawork, 10-11th June 2019, Southampton

The dedicated two-day event will start on Monday 10th June, and run in parallel with the main Seawork 2019 exhibition which will place 11th-13th June at Mayflower Park, Southampton UK.

Fast vessels operating at high speed for security interventions and Search And Rescue are a significant specialist sector of the commercial marine business.

Speed@Seawork is aimed squarely at facilitating growth and development for the design, build and operation of these specialist vessels. As operating demands increase, new solutions for propulsion, navigation, communications and care of the crew will be needed.

Speed@Seawork offers a great opportunity for new exhibitors, and the many existing Seawork exhibitors, to service this dynamic and growing market.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2019-05-20 14:05:08

Seawork, 11th-13th June 2019, Southampton

Seawork is a 'one stop shop' for buyers, providing access to the commercial marine and workboat markets. It is the largest European commercial marine exhibition held at the prestigious Mayflower Park venue in Southampton, SO14 2AQ, United Kingdom.

For over 21 years Seawork has offered a unique combination of undercover exhibition space, open air demonstrations and floating displays.

The exhibition encompasses:

* 18,000m² of undercover space spread over two purpose built exhibition halls
* Purpose built pontoons for more than 70 vessels and floating exhibits
* Demonstrations out on the water
* Quayside area for trailers, large exhibits and outdoor demonstrations
* Excellent conference and meeting facilities

2019 Dates and Times

0930 - 1730 Tuesday 11th June 2019
0930 - 1730 Wednesday 12th June 2019
0930 - 1700 Thursday 13th June 2019

Pre-event registration is available now at:

Posted 2019-05-08 07:38:41