Email News March 2020

Welcome to the March 2020 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

If you would like to submit an article for consideration please email the text and a suitable image or logo to

Posted 2020-02-26 11:29:27

UK Global Tariff Consultation; ends 5th March 2020

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and for the first time in almost fifty years the UK is free to set its tariff rates on imported goods.

To inform the development of the new UK Global Tariff, the Government has launched a four-week public consultation and is seeking business views. The consultation began on 6th February 2020 and closes on 5th March 2020 at 23:59 GMT.

This consultation seeks:

* views on a potential series of amendments to the EU's Common External Tariff to create a bespoke UK tariff regime

* specific feedback on individual products or commodity codes of importance to you (including the corresponding tariff rate)

* information on your interactions with Most Favoured Nation tariffs and the importance of tariffs to sectors that are relevant to you.

The bespoke UK tariff regime will enter into force on 1 January 2021 and replace the EU's Common External Tariff.

To take part in the consultation and have your say on the new UK Global Tariff, visit:

Posted 2020-02-26 12:38:25

Developing sustainable plastic packaging: apply for funding

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £37 million to support projects that look at ways to radically reduce waste from plastic packaging.

Around 80 million tonnes of plastic packaging is produced each year, and this is expected to triple by 2050.
Most of it has a very short use, with 95% lost to the economy. Between 8 and 12 million tonnes ends up in the oceans and can remain there for centuries, harming wildlife and potentially entering the human food chain.

Governments have recognised the need to address this national and global challenge. The UK Government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge seeks to dramatically reduce plastic waste by 2025. It has up to £60 million to invest in projects that aim to make the UK a leader in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £37 million from the fund to invest in demonstrators and early-stage projects investigating ways to reduce, reuse or recycle plastic packaging.

There are 3 competitions that aim to support a more circular economy for plastic packaging in the UK and to fund projects helping to meet the targets of the UK Plastics Pact, which include for 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.

They are for early-stage projects, demonstrators and feasibility studies for demonstrators.

Projects should work across 1 or more themes:

* materials innovation, for example new recyclable polymer materials, biopolymers, making it easier to use more recycled content

* design innovation, for example design for recyclability or reuse

* technology or process innovation, for example reuse processes, collection, sorting and separation, mechanical recycling, chemical recycling, anaerobic digestion

* business model innovation, for example reusable packaging systems, zero packaging, behavioural change

The competition will support feasibility studies and more advanced industrial research projects.

For more information including competition application deadlines please visit:

Posted 2020-02-26 12:30:59

New Digital Tool for Exporters of Goods from the UK

The Department for International Trade has launched ‘Check How to Export Goods’, a new digital tool to help UK businesses trade with over 160 markets around the world.

The free tool will help you easily find and understand what is needed to export goods internationally.

It provides product-specific and country-specific information on tariffs, regulations, the UK border and other topics all in one place.

It will be updated regularly to reflect any changes to trading arrangements.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2020-02-26 12:43:34

Marine biotechnology will help solve the global plastic crisis, according to KETmaritime EU Project

New advances in ‘marine-based’ biotechnology involving algae, crabs and prawns could help tackle the global plastic crisis, according to the KETmaritime EU project of which Marine South East is a partner.

A detailed report released today by a consortium of leading European scientists shows that biodegradable biopolymers created from the sea have the potential to compete with traditional plastics - while crucially offering a more environmentally friendly alternative.

The study on 'Marine Industrial Biotechnology' is part of the Euro1million KETmaritime project, funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area Program, via the European Regional Development Fund.

Project coordinator Ana Vila from the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) said the global bioplastics and biopolymers market is projected to surpass USD5Billion by 2021.

"We are witnessing a major global movement as countries around the world are looking to prohibit or limit the use of conventional plastics," she said. "There is growing pressure to find more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives. Recent advances in the production of biopolymers from marine sources such as algae, crabs, shrimp and prawn waste are proving hugely successful. A key attraction is the 'biodegradability' factor which could help reduce the problem of marine litter - considered by the European Commission as one of the largest current threats to the environment.

"Our latest study highlights a number of companies who are already putting the technology into practice including Netherlands firm Studio Klarenbeek & Dros working alongside Atelier Luma in France to develop algae-based biopolymers to compete with traditional plastics. The material can be applied on an industrial scale and processed like traditional plastic. It has proven to be suitable for injection moulding with 3D printing processes. Meanwhile, in Italy, Algamoil and Teregroup are also working on the development of 100pc biodegradable plastic made with algae in the form of filaments."

The most important bio-based biodegradable biopolymers are PHAs (Polyhydroxyalkanoates) and PLAs (Polylactic acid). PHA polymers are thermoplastic and can be transformed by means of injection-moulding to produce films and sheet, fibres, laminates, nonwoven fabrics and adhesives. PLA is also a thermoplastic polymer that can replace traditional polymers such as PET, PS, and PC for packaging applications.

The latest KETmaritime study was led by Spanish technology centre IDONIAL in collaboration with Marine South East in the UK and the INL in Portugal.

David Santos from IDONIAL said other naturally occurring biopolymers present in marine biomasses include 'chitin' and 'chitosan'. Both can be produced through a chemical extraction processes involving crabs, shrimp, and prawn wastes.

"The exploitation of fish and shellfish biowastes to produce chitin and chitosan presents a large business opportunity for the EU market," he said.

The KETmaritime project is being delivered by a consortium of seven partners across Europe in an effort to identify 'Key Enabling Technologies' to support the future needs and demands of the Atlantic maritime industry. It involves five detailed reports.

The consortium includes French multidisciplinary research laboratory CIMAP (CEA group), Portuguese maritime economic cluster Forum Oceano and Spanish industrial design centre IDONIAL. Ireland's national centre for marine and renewable energy MaREI and UK marine cluster organisation Marine South East are delivering further support, alongside Spanish non-profit research association AIMEN.

To download the complete KETmaritime case study report on 'Marine Industrial Biotechnology Applications' click on the following link

For more information on the KETmaritime project visit the website phone +351 253 140 112 or email Ana Vila on

Posted 2020-02-26 11:41:14

Employer Led Funding for Business Growth at No Cost

CSW are offering a fully funded programme for businesses of all shapes and sizes to help grow your business through staff development.

The training on offer is ideal for businesses that have specific needs and want a quick turn around of delivery and is all delivered at NO COST. The training is fully embedded into your business so there is maximum relevant impact. The training providers are very flexible and can work within your premises, as well as off-site.

As expected, there is eligibility. However, it is very simple:

* The individual must be employed, and be 16 years old or over.

* They must have the right to work in the EU.

* The delivery of the training must take place within the Solent LEP region; New Forest, Southampton, Eastleigh, Isle of Wight, Fareham, Gosport, Portsmouth & Havant.

Examples of fully funded courses that businesses can access now include:

* Project Management
* Digital Marketing
* Web Design
* Finance for non finance staff
* Leadership and Management
* HR for non HR staff
* Sales and Marketing
* Productivity

For further details email CSW at or call 07909 998450
or visit

Posted 2020-02-26 12:01:39

YDSA Annual London Conference, 12th March 2020, London

The Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association will be holding their annual conference on Thursday 12th March 2020 onboard HMS Belfast.

The event is open to professionals from the marine industry, particularly those involved in surveying of yachts and other craft both above and below 24m.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2020-02-10 09:13:46

The Digital Ocean, 18th March 2020, Oceanology International, London

Marine South East will be hosting this short interactive workshop from 12.00-12.45 on Wednesday 18th March 2020 at the Spotlight Theatre at Oceanology International at ExCel in London.

The role of maritime monitoring and surveillance is expanding rapidly, whether for shipping, EEZ management, operation of wind farms or homeland security. At the same time, the data resources available are mushrooming as nanosats, smart structures and other sensor platforms proliferate.

There is massive potential for deployment of artificial intelligence, machine-learning and other data analytics.

This short interactive workshop, held in cooperation with the Periscope Project, will discuss major challenges and state-of-the-art solutions.

The workshop will present snapshot presentations by Nick Lambert (NLAI), Michael Jones (TMA BlueTech) and Jonathan Williams (Marine South East), followed by an open discussion forum.

The event is free to attend at the Spotlight Theatre at OI from 12.00-12.45 on Wednesday 18th March 2020, ExCel, London.

Please note that you will need to register to gain access to OI at the following link:

Posted 2020-02-26 12:19:49

BTCA Cluster Workshop at Oceanology International; 18th March 2020, London

Marine South East will be hosting a Blue Tech Cluster Workshop on Wednesday 18th March 2020 at Oceanology International 2020.

All cluster organisations working in the Blue Economy are welcome to attend this event which will hear about:

* Blue Economy Clusters update

and discuss priority growth topics including:

* Maritime Surveillance and the Digital Ocean
* Ocean Clean-Up
* Workforce capacity-building

This Blue Tech Cluster Alliance event will take place on Wednesday 18th March 2020 at 16.00 in the South Gallery Meeting Room.

To register to attend this free event please click on the button below:

You must also register to attend the OI exhibition at the following link:

Posted 2020-02-12 16:00:12

All Electric Day at Portsmouth Port; 28th March 2020, Portsmouth

Portsmouth International Port will be holding an 'All Electric Day' at the port on Saturday March 28th 2020.

The event will offer the chance to see and experience electric cars, green energy solutions, electric bicycles, scooters, mopeds, motorbikes, mobility scooters, out board motors, Air Source heat pumps, solar panels and more.

There will be talks by Extinction Rebellion and Carbon Reduction advice.

The event will take place at Portsmouth International Port on Saturday 28th March 2020 from 1000 to 1800. Earth Hour will take place from 2000 to 2100 (bring a torch!).

For more information about visiting or exhibition please email

Posted 2020-02-28 17:36:02

NEXT GEN Shock Mitigation Solutions Workshop; 31st March 2020, Southampton

Top speakers will be presenting at this workshop looking at whether Vibration Directives have helped crews and maritime operators?

July 2020 marks 10 years since the EC Vibration Directive came into force. Over the past decade professional sectors have learned the hard way about which technology and data is relevant - or not!

High level organisations now recognise there is a need to debate the implications of compliance regarding Control of Vibration at Work Regulations - including methods for partial exemption.

As simple and cost effective solutions become available to
improve decision making in rough conditions for lower speed vessels NEXT GEN workshops bring industry together to address the key issues.

The NEXT GEN SHOCK Mitigation Solutions Workshop will take please 31st March 2020 at the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton.

The event is relevant to anyone working in the professional, commercial and military sectors including port and marina operators, passenger vessel operators, boat captains, boat building, equipment manufacturers, naval architects, safety integrators, training organisations and maritime legislators.

For more information and booking details please visit:

Posted 2020-01-09 11:01:48

Repetitive Shock and Whole Body Vibration training course, 1st April 2020, Southampton

The effects of RS & WBV (Repetitive Shock & Whole Body Vibration) on crews and passengers need to be understood by all operators as lower speed workboats face different issues to high speed powerboats.

Based on latest industry best practice and recommendations from professional bodies - Marine RS & WBV Awareness Training is designed to be highly relevant to all sectors operating sub 24m craft in open sea and estuary conditions.

Utilising the latest knowledge from across the marine industry - sessions look at what are the forces that really affect people in waves and lessons learned enable individuals and groups to improve their safety at sea.

This Training Day looking at Mitigating against the effects of impacts and vibration on vessels will take place on 1st April 2020 at the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton.

For additional information and booking details please visit:

Posted 2020-01-09 11:08:06