Email News August 2019

Welcome to the August 2019 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2019-07-03 14:16:34

Onboard Training for Key Professionals in the Port and Logistics Sector

Onboard is an EU project with partners in Ireland, Portugal and the UK. Focusing on apprenticeships for Port and Logistics its main objective is to promote and strengthen partnerships between SMEs, training providers and other relevant organisations to deliver high quality training for the sector’s workforce.

Following the validation of two EQF curricula covering 'Digital Skills' earlier this year, the project is now focused on the advantages that can be gained by understanding the training needs of the apprentices.

To assist with this the Onboard 'Training for Apprenticeships' Key Professionals' course has been developed. Intended for HR, Managers, Tutors, and other staff involved with apprentice training it highlights 'good practice' and procedures used in the partner countries national systems. Providing an overview of Work-Based Learning it suggests methods to identify, recruit, support and mentor the trainees who will be the company's future workforce. Evidence shows that investing time in this provides significant benefits to the employer and staff through:

* Suitably skilled workforce to meet current/future needs
* Career progression
* Improved staff morale
* Reduced staff turnover
* Committed Company looking to the long-term

If you would like to learn more, the course modules are now being made available through the Onboard website. Access can be obtained by registering through the following link:

When registered the modules will be available under the 'Learning Area' - 'Groups' Tabs.

The course is a project deliverable and the final version will be available for use by companies and organisations at no charge. To ensure that it meets sector needs the Onboard partners are keen to receive feedback on the latest version.

If you are a UK based company, organisation or individual with an interest in training for the Ports and Logistics Sector and have comments or suggestions about the course please email David Rea at

Onboard is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. Further information is available on:

Posted 2019-07-22 08:14:41

UK Government launches Maritime 2050 environment route map

The clean maritime plan is the environment route map of Maritime 2050, and will also act as the UK’s national action plan on shipping emissions.

The plan reflects the need to respond to the challenges of climate change and air pollution's threat to public health, and identifies the clean growth opportunities associated with a transition to zero emission shipping.

It sets out a number of domestic policies to reduce greenhouse gases and pollutant emissions from shipping, and to stimulate clean maritime growth.

The plan delivers on government's commitments under the Clean air strategy and international climate obligations.

A package of economic and technical research which informed the plan is published alongside the plan itself.

To read the full document please visit:

Posted 2019-07-15 16:31:43

Hundreds of UK companies to benefit from new offshore wind supply chain initiative

Launched formally at Global Offshore Wind, the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) is a £100m, 10-year programme supporting the growth of UK businesses looking to capitalise on the industry's worldwide opportunity.

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership is delivered by the Catapult and will provide support to supply chain companies, helping them to grow and increase competitiveness.

Support will include a range of services such as expert advice on manufacturing and commercialisation, as well as funding for innovation. To find out more about the programme, the team, and to get involved, follow the link below.

Also available from the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is an interactive Guide to an Offshore Wind Farm. The interactive guide is a detailed resource designed to help stakeholders and new market entrants understand how an offshore wind farm is built, operated and maintained. Find out more at the link below:

Posted 2019-07-03 16:59:31

Could you benefit from the Manufacturing Growth Programme?

The programme, which is delivered by Economic Growth Solutions supports SME Manufacturers to grow by identifying, understanding and removing barriers to growth.

The programme offers businesses:

* A dedicated and experienced Growth Manager to provide on-going support

* A comprehensive business diagnostic tool specifically designed for manufacturers

* Identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement

* Work with the best external experts to implement those plans

* Cover a % of the cost of implementing an improvement project

* Connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth

For more information please contact

Posted 2019-07-03 17:23:52

£3m Key Technologies Components for Local Energy Systems - Competition

A new funding competition has been launched as part of the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Industrial Strategy Challenge Fun from Innovate UK.

As part of its Industrial Strategy the government will invest in the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) to make the UK a global centre for integrated energy systems that deliver cleaner and cheaper energy.

The £3m Key Technology Components for Local Energy Systems competition will support the development of components of an energy system that will strengthen the development of smart, local energy systems of the future that make the best use of cheaper renewables, energy storage, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, low carbon heat and digital infrastructure.

The Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge Fund will support industry, academia, public bodies and local communities to develop a world-leading, smart local energy systems industry in the UK.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2019-07-03 14:30:56

Call for speakers PERISCOPE Workshop: Drone applications maritime industry - Nederland Maritiem Land

The international PERISCOPE workshop 'Drone Applications Maritime Industry', taking place in Rotterdam, September 2nd, have announced a Call for Speakers and invite interested parties to submit their presentation abstracts by early August.

Once submitted, all presentation abstracts will be evaluated by the PERISCOPE conference team to select speakers for technical presentations at the conference.

Presentation topics may include existing innovative drone solutions but should focus on future use cases and technical developments required supporting among others the following domains in the Maritime Industry:

* Regulations
* Inspections Assets
* Emissions
* Search and Rescue

The intention of the workshop is to investigate a possible Joint Industry Project of partners who can support:

* With the development of the technology,
* With consultation/facilitation regarding regulatory requirements
* As a launching customer

We want to achieve this by creation of:

* The actual needs of the market, what are the present challenges?
* The actual and future regulations, and find out how we can influence them
* Technology and services which already can be provided
* Technology and services which still need to be developed to meet the actual needs

This Joint Industry Project will be organized under the flag of PERISCOPE, a project co-funded by the North Sea Region Programme. The organization aims to establish a permanent innovation ecosystem in the North Sea Region to grow transnational innovation partnerships for sustainable business development in emerging blue markets.

Send your abstract to

For more information please visit:

Posted 2019-07-25 11:00:40

£1.7m for UK businesses to develop innovative technologies for global composites markets with US partners

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.7 million to develop innovative technologies for global composites markets with US partners. The competition is currently open and will close on 21st August 2019.

Under the UK Research and Innovation Funding for International Collaboration (FIC) the UK and USA are running a joint grant funding competition.

The competition will focus on collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects, which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets.

They would welcome proposals from UK organisations who can collaborate with existing US partners in the field of composites manufacturing.

UK-led projects can have total eligible project costs between £100,000 and £1 million with a maximum grant of up to £300,000 for UK applicants.

For more detailed information including eligibility, scope, how to apply and supporting information please visit:

Posted 2019-07-03 16:45:19

Analysis for Innovators Round 5 opens for applications

A4I Round 5 (Phase 1) opened on 29th July. UK businesses of any size can get access to cutting-edge R&D expertise and facilities.

After four successful rounds, which between them have supported over 400 companies, Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 5 has now opened for applications.

A4I is a programme that gives UK businesses of any size access to cutting-edge R&D expertise and facilities to help solve problems that they have been unable to tackle using standard technologies and techniques. It might be around product reliability, cost or product lifetime.

A4I matches the best UK scientists and facilities with companies that have existing, possibly long-running issues, a different approach from other Innovate UK funding competitions.

Analysis for Innovators can help boost productivity and competitiveness in your business through solving existing problems.

An overview of the A4I programmes and examples of previous projects can be found at

Posted 2019-07-03 14:42:45

Marine Aging of Polymers, 28th-29th August 2019, Brest, France

The overall objective of this colloquium is to establish the state of the art in both the knowledge and prediction of the mechanical response of polymers and composites in a marine environment and to propose new research orientations.

There are increasing quantities of polymer-based materials being used in marine structures. These range from thousands of composite pleasure boats to the hundreds of tons of offshore oil and gas pipe insulation, but in all cases their useful service life is limited by the effects of the marine environment on the mechanical performance of the polymer.

Marine aging factors include sunlight for surface vessels, and hydrostatic pressure for deep sea applications but the main specificity in all cases is seawater. Many studies have focused on interactions between seawater and polymers over the last 50 years but new combinations of materials and more extreme service conditions (deeper water, higher temperature) require more reliable predictive tools than the simple experience-based safety factors used to date.

This requires new, improved models of mechanical response and more realistic experimental test facilities to validate them. It is also essential to include coupling effects between water and mechanical loads, and work on these is at an early stage. The overall objective of the colloquium is to establish the state of the art in both the knowledge and prediction of the mechanical response of polymers and composites in a marine environment and to propose new research orientations.

The colloquium will address the following topics

1. Polymers and elastomers
2. Foams and syntactic foams
3. Polymer fibres
4. Fibre Reinforced polymers

Each session will include between four and six papers, followed by a discussion period. Presentations by young researchers and PhD students will be actively encouraged.

The specific aims of the colloquium are the following: First, to bring together leading European experts in the area of polymer aging to discuss the specific problems associated with the influence of the marine environment on mechanical behaviour. Second, the issues associated with coupling between water diffusion and mechanical loads will be highlighted, as this is a key area in the development of predictive models and is receiving considerable current attention.

The colloquium will be held during the same week as the CFM conference in Brest, but attendees of the colloquium will not be obliged to pay the full fee for the CFM.

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Posted 2019-07-25 11:38:46

KETmaritime Workshop | Enriching Maritime Research & Development through Key Enabling Technologies, 26th September 2019, Cork, Ireland

This workshop, organised by the KETmaritime project, will focus on discovering key opportunities for maritime businesses aiming at exploiting the latest advances in technology, as well as identifying the supports required by businesses to seize advantage of these opportunities.

The workshop will include presentations on case studies developed as part of KETmaritime, showcasing technologies which can directly assist maritime research and development.

Speakers from cutting edge maritime technology development will showcase the latest innovations in robotics and marine sensors and provide a glimpse into the upcoming technology drivers and developments in Ireland.

As a result of stronger collaborations and links between KET and maritime sectors, we envisage substantial enhancement in maritime employment and economic growth. However, KETmaritime needs your support and guidance on how to best seize these opportunities.

The event would be of interest to both SMEs and larger companies/institutes who are interesting in learning about Key Enabling Technologies that can transform their business and enable growth.

The event is taking place Thursday 26th September2019, 9:30am-5:30pm at the MaREI, Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland, Ringaskiddy,Cork



KETmaritime is an Interreg Atlantic Area funded project which aims to identify priority areas for cross-sectoral KET - maritime innovation and improve technology transfer and competitiveness for marine R&D. The project team is comprised of seven partners, representing cutting edge KET organizations and leading marine research institutes (INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Fórum Oceano, CIMAP, PRODINTEC, MaREI, and MSE).

If you have any queries about the event, please do not hesitate to contact

For further information on the KETMaritime project please visit:

Posted 2019-07-30 09:02:23

Exhibit with the Department of International Trade at Advanced Engineering, 30th-31st October 2019, Birmingham

The Department for International Trade (DIT) will have a UK pavilion at Advanced Engineering 2019. DIT are providing the opportunity for up to 16 companies to exhibit at our stand.

This is a unique opportunity to exhibit with DIT at Advanced Engineering, the UK's largest annual gathering of advanced engineering professionals, connecting the supply chain to R&D, design, test and inspection, production, assembly, automation, materials processing and procurement from OEMs and top tier industry players. 2019 celebrates the 11th edition of the show.

If you would like to learn more about exhibiting with DIT at Advanced Engineering, please click below to find out more:

Event Details

Date: 30th - 31st October 2019
Where: National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham

Registration Deadline:
30th September 2019

T +44 (0)117 906 4574

Posted 2019-07-24 07:41:36