Email News October 2019

Welcome to the October 2019 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2019-09-12 15:26:13

New SeaBioComp online Interest Group for businesses interested in bio-based composite alternatives for the marine industry

SeaBioComp, the new collaborative project developing and producing novel bio-based thermoplastic composite materials for the marine sector, has launched its new website and online Interest Group.

The aim of the website is to disseminate information, updates, achievements and downloads throughout the project. Interested businesses, academia, public authorities, stakeholders and media are asked to subscribe to the Interest Group ( in order to be kept informed of the project activities and findings and receive invitations to relevant events and forums.

SeaBioComp, is a collaborative project that has been launched to develop and produce novel bio-based thermoplastic composite materials to replace some of the conventional oil-based products used in the marine industries and to develop analytical protocols to evaluate their long-term durability and reduced ecological impact on the marine environment.

The overall objectives of SeaBioComp are:

* The development of alternative thermoplastic biocomposite formulations and processes which meet the expectations both regard to technical requirements, sustainability and ecological impact (50% reduction) compared to conventional oil-based composites. Four pilot products are envisaged.

* The realisation of a pilot production machine for additive manufacturing of fibre-reinforced thermoplastic bio-based composites.

* The development of test methods to determine sustainability and ecotoxicity including the impact of microplastics in the marine environment.

Anyone interested in this important and growing area of bio-based materials for the marine environment is invited to join the Interest Group at

Subscribers to the Interest Group will be kept informed of relevant events and forums, project activities, results etc. The aim of the Interest Group is to stimulate inclusive engagement of external stakeholders and interested parties including the triple helix of academia, industry and public authorities.

Posted 2019-09-23 14:06:54

MarRi-UK deadline for Expressions of Interest for £1M Clean Maritime Innovation funding extended to 25th October 2019

Due to the high levels of interest in the call, the deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest for the £1M Clean Maritime Innovation competiion has been extended to 25th October 2019.

£1M is available to 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.

The Department for Transport (DfT) provides funding for industrial research to find innovative ways to reduce maritime emissions and to promote the development of technology innovation in UK maritime.

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 consortiums.

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


MarRI-UK is an industry-led initiative, currently involving more than eight companies, one trade association, and four universities to address the lack of coordination and resource in the maritime research and development. Work undertaken by industry and academia has sought to shape an initiative, which builds coordination and resource in the maritime research and development, namely Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK). w:

This is an expression of interest competition. You must have a successful application in this competition before you can be invited to apply to the full stage competition.

Competition now closes: 25th October 2019 at midday.

Posted 2019-09-12 15:33:01

New Interest Group for technologies used in managing marine protected areas

Businesses, organisations and individuals who have an interest in technological solutions for the management of marine protected areas are being asked to sign up to a new Interest Group to receive regular news and updates on the Blue Belt project.

The Blue Belt Technology Roadmaps project is a new project that has been launched to explore new technologies that can address the challenges associated with surveillance, compliance and enforcement within protected marine areas in UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs).

The project is being led by Marine South East on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), under the UK Government's Blue Belt Programme.

Businesses, organisations and individuals who have an interest in technological solutions are being asked to sign up to the Interest Group to receive regular news and updates on the Blue Belt project.

Find out more and sign up to the Interest Group at:

Posted 2019-09-24 12:49:22

Looking for new opportunities to implement smart-energy efficient solutions in isolated grids?

If you are looking for new opportunities to implement your smart-energy efficient solutions in isolated grids you should join the ICE community and an ICE label.

Interested businesses will need to complete an Expression of Interest and can learn more about the ICE certification process below:

The objectives of this Expression of Interest are first to identify businesses that can provide electricity
solutions in the context of isolated grids and then to give them access to a specific business offer.

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

Many islands have no connection to wider electricity distribution systems and are dependent on imported energy supplies, typically fossil fuel driven. The energy systems that isolated communities depend on tend to be less reliable, more expensive and produce more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than mainland grid systems.

In response to these problems, the ICE project considers the entire energy cycle, from production to consumption, and integrates new and established technologies in order to deliver innovative energy system solutions. These solutions could be implemented and tested at our unique pilot demonstration sites (Ushant island and the University of East Anglia's campus), to demonstrate their feasibility and to develop a general model for isolated smart energy systems elsewhere.

The ICE consortium brings together research and business support organisations in France and the United Kingdom; and commitment from SMEs will support the project rollout and promote European cooperation.

The ICE label is dedicated to businesses willing to provide energy solutions to isolated grids. This label will certify that companies have expertise in smart grids and that their solutions are suited to isolated territories and transferable.

The ICE certified companies will form a consortium of entities offering technical and commercial knowledge and skills to enable them to apply for tenders at European level.

In the meantime, synergies between companies will open access to markets that they cannot reach by themselves.

With the ICE label, successful companies will have access to:

* Market Knowledge
* Networking and matchmaking
* Funding information

To find out more please visit:

Applications can be submitted online at the following link:

Posted 2019-09-23 13:45:55

Take advantage of the new eGrid service from ORE Catapult

Is your business a UK-based SME that is seeking to grow and innovate in grid connection products and services? Then you should be talking to the expert team at ORE (Offshore Renewable Energy) Catapult.

The ORE Catapult are upgrading their research infrastructure with the installation of a new grid emulation system called eGrid, which can provide a wide range of electrical testing.

eGrid is developing the next generation electrical testing platform for future offshore renewable systems. The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

They offer a free service to SMEs that gives businesses 12 hours free-of-charge support and advisory services. These include technical support as well as regulatory and compliancy guidance.

The project runs until February 2020 and is a great opportunity for SMEs to accelerate their innovation, enter new markets, and form powerful new collaborations.

Interested businesses should contact

You can find out more about eGrid at the following link:

Posted 2019-09-17 10:14:50

Get Ready for Brexit Workshops in the Solent Area

The Government is accelerating Brexit preparations so that it is ready to leave the EU on 31st October. These workshops are part of a series of DIT events to help you prepare for Brexit.

The DIT are organising a series of workshops to help exporting businesses prepare for Brexit.

These will be practical sessions to help businesses create an action plan.

What will I learn?

You'll leave the event with a personalised action plan covering:

* paperwork needed to continue exporting
* impact to supply chains
* changes to regulations and contracts
* where to find tariff information, commodity codes and duty rates
* what you might need to speak to customers and employees about
* moving goods across borders
* business travel to the EU
* providing services to EU clients
* how to treat personal data

These events are aimed at all exporting businesses, particularly those exporting to the EU.

Local event details:

1st October 2019, Portsmouth
4th October 2019, London
9th October 2019, Poole (Bournemouth University)
14th October 2019, Poole
18th October 2019, New Forest

Please note places are limited and offered on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is required.

There are several events like this running across the country- you can see the full list at the following link:

Posted 2019-09-17 13:31:56

'Meet the Innovator' opportunity to pitch at the Our Ocean Conference, 23rd-24th October 2019, Oslo

The 'Our Ocean' conference will bring together leaders from governments, businesses, civil society and research institutions to share their experience, identify solutions and commit to action for a clean, healthy and productive ocean. The organisers are looking to invite innovative businesses to pitch during the conference breaks.

Our future depends on a clean and healthy ocean, where protection and sustainable use go hand in hand. The ocean is under threat from the effects of climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity and unsustainable use. Safeguarding the ocean for future generations is a shared responsibility and a matter of global urgency.

At Our Ocean 2019 we will highlight the importance of knowledge as the basis of our actions and policies to ensure protection of our ocean, responsible management of marine resources and sustainable future economic growth.

'Meet the Innovators' sessions are being organised during the main conference breaks. During these 'Meet the Innovators' sessions, representatives from individual companies will be allowed to pitch (around 5 minutes) their innovative solutions and sustainable business models to the participants of the conference.

For more information please contact:
Yngve Schrøder Tufteland
Senior Adviser
Maritime Department
Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries
Phone: +47 91 62 47 34

For information on the conference please visit:

Posted 2019-09-13 11:29:26