Email News September 2019

Welcome to the September 2019 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2019-08-05 12:50:54

£1m Clean Maritime Innovation call

The Department for Transport (DfT) is calling for expression of interests in a £1m Clean Maritime Innovation competition.

The call will fund industrial research to find innovative ways to reduce maritime emissions and to promote the development of technology innovation in UK maritime.

In January 2019 the government published Maritime 2050, a strategic vision for the future of the maritime sector. The Clean Maritime Plan is the Environment Route Map of Maritime 2050, setting out in more detail how government sees the UK’s transition to a future of zero emission shipping.

To support this, the Clean Maritime Innovation call will fund technology, process innovations or services within mid TRL (TRL 3-7) that offer significant improvements to systems, timings, processes or technology for clean maritime services and operations. This call is administered by MarRI-UK.

Topics include but are not limited to:

* Electrification
* Innovative energy efficiency measures
* Alternative propulsion
* Hazard and safety assessment of new fuels
* Energy systems
* Alternate fuels

Grant size

Funding awards up to £250K, with a mix of funding levels to support a range of readiness levels.

In the event of there being many proposals that meet the criteria then we have a preference to fund a majority of smaller projects requiring less funding to have a wide range of initiatives supported, and only a few funded at the higher level.

In the event that there are not many proposals submitted, then a greater proportion of proposals could be funded at the higher level, or the money could be reserved for a further bidding round.

Projects we will not fund

We are not funding projects that:

* Are unrelated to reduction of Maritime emissions to air (GHGs and/or air quality pollutants).
* Are approaching market readiness
* Offer only incremental updates to existing abatement options

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

* be a UK based business of any size to lead a research project
* be a UK based business of any size, an academic organisation, or a research and technology organisation (RTO) to lead a capital investment project
* Carry out your maritime research or technology development project work in the UK
* Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

This is open to single business as well as consortia.

Bids from businesses should be match funded – however, research organisations, or fundamental research, can be funded 100% by the call.

Match funding could be in the form of an identical cash injection from the bidder, to match the amount provided by us, or it could in the form of staffing resource to work on the project. It could also be to fund some of the project, in the case of smaller business, but receive the bulk of the funding from us. Large businesses will receive up to 50% of project costs, with small business receiving up to 70%.
In any case a business case for how they will match fund, or why they cannot, should be submitted alongside the bid.

For more information please visit:,X9DY,6MZOJJ,3H7SV,1

Registration closes 25th October 2019.

Posted 2019-08-30 14:04:24

Are you interested in Ocean Technology of the Future?

A new project has been launched to explore new technologies for the seas around UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs). The Blue Belt Technology Roadmaps Project is being led by Marine South East on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO, under the UK Government's Blue Belt Programme.

The Blue Belt Technology Roadmaps project ( ) is looking to identify and appraise innovative technological solutions for addressing the challenges associated with Marine Protected Area (MPA) management and sea fisheries control and enforcement in UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs).

If you are a business or individual interested in innovative technological solutions to address the challenges associated with surveillance, compliance and enforcement within protected marine areas in UKOTs, sign up at the following link to be part of the interest group.

The online Interest Group will receive regular updates on the project findings, activities and relevant events for the duration of the project.

The challenges of managing remote, large scale Marine Protected Areas, and delivering effective fisheries control and enforcement, cover a broad range of surveillance methods stretching from detection to deterrence. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has been reviewing technology developments that have potential in the UKOTs, as well as in the context of domestic monitoring and control. For example, remotely monitoring human activity and identifying any risk associated with that activity, digital on-board observation of catches and downstream traceability. Marine South East will build on this and review wider technology options in producing the Technology Roadmaps.

Background to the Blue Belt:

The Blue Belt Programme supports the delivery of the UK Government's commitment to enhance marine protection for over four millions square kilometres of marine environment across the UKOTs.

The Blue Belt Programme is being delivered in partnership between the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). The Programme also works closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The Blue Belt Programme is committed to working with NGOs, academics, businesses and external stakeholders.

The Blue Belt Programme is initially focused on seven islands and archipelagos: British Indian Ocean Territory, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, British Antarctic Territory, Pitcairn, St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristin da Cunha.

For more information about the Blue Belt Programme:


Posted 2019-08-28 13:11:23

Driving the electric revolution - including marine - apply for funding

Businesses can apply for a share of £19 million funding from Innovate UK to develop supply chain processes that will help deliver electrification in 7 sectors, including Marine.

The UK will need to switch to electrification across many sectors from automotive to energy distribution in order to meet its carbon reduction targets.

This change also represents a significant global opportunity for UK businesses making the power electronics, machines and drivers that will be required.

The UK government has launched the £80 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge to help businesses to meet this need.

Its aim is to accelerate the UK's ability to deliver the supply chains required to enable electrification in the automotive, aerospace, energy, industrial, marine, off highway and rail sectors.

There is up to £19 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to invest in projects that support the creation, development and scale-up of supply chains in power electronics, machines and drives.

The competition aims to develop a UK supply chain in power electronics, machines and drives by supporting innovative ways of filling in gaps in the supply chain or of scaling up existing supply chains.

Projects should address commercial opportunities in one or more of these sectors:

* aerospace
* automotive
* energy generation and distribution
* industrial (production equipment)
* marine
* off highway (construction, agricultural equipment)
* rail

Examples that projects might include:

* power electronics: passive components production, productivity improvements and supply chain efficiency such as solutions that address solving supply chain bottle necks or automation
* electric machines, generators and motors: automated stator winding, materials recovery from end of life, raw materials refining, stamping and lamination stack productivity improvements, advanced testing
* drive systems: systems integration and testing
* projects that consider supply chain gaps, from raw materials to recycling

The competition has 2 strands:

* one for larger projects with total costs between £1 million and £3 million
* another for smaller projects with total costs between £250,000 and £1 million

Competition information

* the competition opened on 29th July 2019, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 25th September 2019
* businesses of any size may apply
* Innovate UK expect projects to range in size between £250,000 and £3 million

For more information please visit:

KTN has been running a series of briefing events and a recording of the main competition briefing is available at the following link:,X9DY,6MZOJJ,3H7SV,1

Posted 2019-08-05 12:56:25

New Funding Opportunities for Solent based businesses

The Solent LEP have announced a broad range of funding that will help all sizes of businesses and organisations. The aim is to support job creation, safeguard existing jobs, increase profitability and help the economy to grow in the region.

The three new funds have recently been launched:

* High Growth Start-Up Business Fund
* Existing Business Support Fund
* Large Projects and Programmes

The Solent LEP are keen to talk to people if they are looking to start-up a new business, looking for money to get a particular project up-and-running, or need funding to support large-scale projects or programmes.

Businesses are being asked to complete this an online form at the following link:

The Solent LEP are particularly interested to receive applications from businesses in the following sectors:

* Marine and Maritime
* Advanced Manufacturing
* Aerospace
* Defence
* Life Science and Healthcare
* Digital and Creative Industries
* Oil and Gas
* Information Economy
* Visitor economy
* Construction
* Clean / Green Technology

These new funds provide opportunities to improve businesses' access and understanding of technical data, and to enhance employer-led skills training in the region.

Investments in smaller scale projects start from £5,000 and are up to £5m for major projects.

Co-investment funding is also available as part of the large-scale funding offer, and is open to organisations with a broad remit, including rolling out the infrastructure to support digital connectivity and support for rural initiatives.

Posted 2019-08-16 14:27:57

Your chance to give input into the Ballast Water Management Convention

The Atlantic Blue Ports project (of which Marine South East is a partner) is inviting interested parties to complete a short survey (less than 5 minutes) looking at the alternatives to comply with the Ballast Water Management Convention.

Interested parties are being asked to complete a short survey (less than 5 minutes) and answer some simple questions where:

(a) you will be asked to rate the importance of some criteria (economic, social and technical) when selecting an alternative compliance method (e.g. ballast water exchange, onboard treatment system, containerised onboard systems, containerised mobile systems etc) and

(b) evaluate the alternatives based on a set of criteria.

The description of the Criteria and the alternatives are presented in the survey.

The survey is completely anonymous.

The link to the survey is:

Posted 2019-08-28 12:37:43

MCA release new guidance for pleasure vessels

The UK Government has published a set of six Marine Guidance Notes (MGN) to reinforce to managing agents, skippers and owners what is good practice in terms of safety when going out to sea.

This is in a bid to to reduce the risk of any accidents occurring as a result of not following the most acceptable standards of safety required.

Detailed below are notices to all designers, builders, surveyors, owners, managing agents, skippers, crew and Certifying Authorities of yachts and powerboats including pleasure vessels and small commercial vessels:

MGN 617 (M) Yacht and powerboat safety at sea - emergency procedures, equipment and actions - good practice

MGN 616 (M) Yacht and powerboat safety at sea - rigs and rigging - good practice for inspection

MGN 615 (M) Yacht and powerboat safety at sea - preparedness for non-coastal passages - good practice

MGN 614 (M) Yacht and powerboat safety at sea - stowage of life-saving appliances - good practice

MGN 613 (M) Yacht and powerboat safety at sea - grounding of fixed fin keel GRP yachts - good practice

MGN 612 (M) Yacht and powerboat safety at sea - maintenance, modifications, damage and repairs - good practice

In addition, a consultation response to the above MGNs entitled yacht and powerboat safety at sea has been released:

Consultation on yacht and powerboat safety at sea

All the notices can be found at the following link:

Posted 2019-08-28 10:34:47

Looking to grow your business?

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme can bring many benefits to businesses that are looking to innovate and grow.

Portsmouth University have world-class academic expertise that work alongside businesses with a full-time graduate to focus on providing a solution to a strategically important project for the company. It's all about the partnership.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme is a government grant set out to help SMEs to increase turnover, market share and productivity.

To find out more about KTPs at Portsmouth University contact Sandra Johnson, Collaboration Manager

Posted 2019-08-28 12:46:56

Maritime technologies that are changing the industry in 2019 and beyond

The shipping industry is known for its slow response to change. However, in the past years, there have been many aspects of digital disruption and transformations that are modernising maritime sectors, making them more efficient, collaborative and sustainable.

Lloyd's Maritime Academy have defined 14 terms for maritime technology that are changing the industry and are here to stay.

* Artificial Intelligence (AI)
* Autonomous Vessel
* Big Data
* Blockchain
* Bot
* Cloud computing
* Cybersecurity
* Digital twin
* Digitalisation
* Drone
* IoT
* Machine learning
* Robotics or robotic learning
* Smart shipping

For more information please visit:

Posted 2019-08-28 10:45:10

New task force to boost skills in UK's offshore wind sector

A new task force, which will help to increase the number of skilled people working in the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry, has been set up and held its first meeting recently.

The Investment in Talent Group, which has been set up by the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC)aims to ensure that the industry attracts a wide, diverse pool of talent as the number of jobs in offshore wind trebles to 27,000 by 2030.

The launch of the new group is one of a series of initiatives being undertaken by industry and Government as part of the landmark Offshore Wind Sector Deal announced in March. The deal sets out a series of commitments to ensure that offshore wind will be generating at least one-third of the UK's electricity by 2030, making it the backbone of our future clean energy system, bringing significant economic benefits for the whole country.

For further information, please contact:

Robert Norris, Head of Communications, 0207 901 3013

Juliette Sanders, Head of Media Ørsted, UK,

Posted 2019-08-05 13:12:04

CLINSH project presentation at Greening Inland Shipping Conference, 10th September 2019, London

CLINSH will be presenting its project and findings at the first Greening Inland Shipping Conference & Exhibition at The Crystal on 10th September 2019 in London.

The conference and exhibition is centered on the goal of giving Thames vessel operators and interested stakeholders opportunity to find out more about lower and zero emission vessel technology.

The conference is centered on three themes:

* The evolving political and environmental context for river operations

* Development & research into new technology

* Operators' experience adopting and using new technology

In combination, the sessions will reflect: the imperative for change; the technology available today and in development; and practical experience of operators bringing new technology into operation.

Annet van Lier will be presenting findings and details of CLINSH - the Clean Inland Shipping project that Marine South East is a partner in.

Cross River Partnership will cover how Thames vessel operators can bid for a share of the grant from the Mayor of London's Air Quality Fund to reduce emissions from boats.

The exhibition will feature stands from companies active in developing, supplying and being a catalyst for the adoption of new technologies which reduce or eliminate vessel emissions

To attend the event and for more information please visit:

The Greening Inland Shipping Conference & Exhibition is being held at The Crystal, one of the world's most sustainable buildings and home to the world's largest exhibition on the future of cities.

The Crystal
One Siemens Brothers Way
Royal Victoria Dock
London, E16 1GB

Posted 2019-08-13 14:41:29

Onboard Project - Qualification and Training in the Ports and Logistics Sector, Final Project Conference, 19th September 2019, Portugal

The Final Conference of the Erasmus+ project Onboard looking at the Development of Technical Profiles and Training Curriculum will take place on 19th September, 09h to 13h, at the Training Centre of APDL - Administração dos Portos do Douro, in Matosinhos, Portugal.

The event will be held at the APDL Training Center, Centro de Formação do Porto de Leixões. The event will present the project results which will stimulate debate on the current and future trends and needs of the Ports and Logistics sector in terms of skills and training.

Issues related to collaboration between industry and the apprenticeship system will also be discussed. The programme will be available shortly on the projects' website.

Businesses and organisations are invited to attend the event which is free of charge. Registration is required to attend and can be found at:

Further information on the objectives and deliverables of the project can be viewed and downloaded from the website:

Posted 2019-08-14 15:35:16

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