Email News July 2020

Welcome to the July 2020 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2020-06-10 10:17:16

New project explores opportunities for small flying objects and surveillance in the Blue Growth sector

UFO is a new European project funded by Horizon 2020 INNOSUP. The project will explore business opportunities for small flying objects including drones, small satellites and high altitude platforms across a number of sectors including blue growth.

Marine South East is a partner in the project which aims to create business opportunities for SMEs to develop innovative products and services by integrating new technologies in small flying objects (SFOs) including drones, high altitude platforms and small satellites, with nano and digital technologies, key enabling technologies (KETs), data analysis and exploitation solutions.

Six emerging industries will be targeted by the project including Blue Growth which is of particular interest to Marine South East.

Posted 2020-06-17 13:49:18

Updates on research from Clean Inland Shipping Project CLINSH

CLINSH is a European consortium promoting clean inland waterway transport of which Marine South East is a partner.

The main objective of CLINSH is to improve air quality in urban areas by accelerating emission reductions in Inland Waterway Transport.

As part of the project the laboratory ship 'Max Pruss', owned by CLINSH partner LANUV NRW, was retrofitted with a SCRT exhaust gas retrofit system on boat main engines. The results of the measurements are now available as a report from the following link:

The results show good reduction rates in all measuring points for all limited pollutants. For the leading components nitrogen oxide are between 66% and 96%. For soot, reduction rates of 97.7% to 99.8% are achieved, while particulate emissions are reduced by 77.8% to 96.7%. For hydrocarbon compounds, reduction rates of between 81.0% and 97.3% were achieved. For carbon monoxide the reduction rates vary between 31.6% and 62.5%. When considering NO2 direct emissions, reduction rates of 9.6% to 49.3% can be observed in the first three load points.

A second CLINSH measurement campaign took place in Lobith from the first of November until the 17th of December 2019. TNO installed their trailer along the river Rhine in the Netherlands close to the German border. With mostly South and Southwesterly winds during the campaign, this was the ideal measurement location. The aim of this campaign is to estimate the ships emissions.

The results of this testing can be found at the following link:

In another part of the project CLINSH has joined forces with a consortium of parties to research financing instruments for greening inland shipping. Commissioned by the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine, this consortium is conducting several studies aimed at advising on the development of a European funding and financing scheme to realize the transition to zero emissions in European inland shipping.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2020-07-01 08:12:13

Solent LEP launch new Covid-19 Restart, Restore and Recover Loan

The Solent LEP has launched a new loan fund in order to support businesses in the area, called the Covid-19 Restart, Restore and Recover Loan.

Solent LEP have been working with businesses throughout the lockdown period, and as a result they have shaped this new loan fund to provide two routes to funding:

* Loans of between 250,000 and 1,500,000 for businesses providing essential and economic lifeline services who need bridging finance ahead of accessing other Government support, or for those who need loan finance and cannot access other Government support, such as the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

* Loan funding of between 100,000 and up to 1,500,000 where other Covid-19 support is not available, or the amount businesses can access is insufficient to deliver their recovery plan.

To apply for the funding, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they:

* Have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic;
* Have not been able to access Government support and need additional funding to deliver their recovery plan;
* Can safeguard jobs;
* Would be in a better position to react, respond to and recover from the crisis with this loan.

To read full details about Covid-19 Restart, Restore, and Recover Loan please follow the link:

A webinar explaining the loan can be viewed at the following location:

This loan fund will open on 04 June 2020 and will accept applications on an ongoing basis until all the funding has been allocated, or until 31st August 2020, whichever is the soonest.

You can view all the supporting documents for this fund in the related content section on the right, including the process for applying, the guidance documents and more.

All completed applications and accompanying information should be submitted via email to

Posted 2020-06-10 10:27:24

New survey to understand impact of coronavirus on Hants and Isle of Wight businesses

The coronavirus pandemic is having an exceptional impact on the economy across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. In response, the University of Portsmouth, on behalf of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum, has launched a new survey to help understand the evolving and emerging needs, challenges and aspirations faced by businesses.

The online survey will ask respondents a series of questions to collect views about the impact of coronavirus on their business, what support is needed and future business outcomes.

The survey results will be analysed and published in a freely available report for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum (and its members) in order to help businesses in the whole of Hampshire & Isle of Wight region, including Portsmouth and Southampton.

Please complete the survey, which will take about 10 minutes, at

Posted 2020-06-11 09:06:56

New Sustainable Innovation Fund from Innovate UK

Innovate UK has launched a new fund to help cutting-edge companies of all sizes recover, grow, and drive a re-building economy.

The 191 million fund will also support new green innovations, unleashing the sustainable industries of the future along the way.

The COVID-19 Sustainable Innovation Fund will target those innovative companies needing to keep their great ideas alive during the current pandemic, in turn contributing to revolutions across whole sectors and transforming the way people live, work and travel.

Businesses could use the investment to develop smart sustainability-based projects, for example technology that supports a reduction in single-use plastics to greener modes of transport, or more energy-efficient office buildings.

Firms are also being encouraged to develop large-scale operations like the next generation of sustainable public transport, helping to reduce air pollution in towns and cities, and building more powerful, efficient and cost-effective wind turbines.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2020-06-30 11:14:33

Investment of over 5.6M set to open up coastal development on Southampton Water

Solent LEP has made an investment of over 5.6M capital funding to open up part of the coast at Fawley in the New Forest.

The money has been awarded to Hampshire County Council towards major improvements to the A326, the key road linking Southampton and Fawley, where there are plans to transform the old power station site into a thriving residential and commercial waterside community.

The A326 is the key corridor serving the Waterside Peninsula which accommodates 70,000 people and its upgrade will support our strategic goal for the region by accelerating the Fawley Waterside development. The transformational impact that the scheme will have makes it important for the region, especially at a time when a proactive road to recovery post the Covid-19 pandemic is needed.

More information can be found at the following link:

Posted 2020-06-29 13:09:20

IMarEST Annual Conference, online, 6th - 17th July 2020

This year the IMareEST Annual Conference will be a flexible online event spread across a two-week period exploring the latest in marine engineering, science and technology.

Multiple streams will cover the hottest topics in the marine realm, from the challenges of decarbonisation and a wider shift to greener ways of operating to developments in the naval sector and the outlook for autonomous systems.

The conference will use various live formats - webinars, interviews and panel discussions - to give delegates a flexible and unrivalled opportunity to participate, learn and make new professional connections.

The conference programme will be confirmed and published soon and will cover a range of themes including careers, coast and ocean mapping, decarbonisation, digitalisation, engines and propulsion innovation, vessel design, green marine, human elements, navigating ballast water management, naval and defence engineering, safer crew and vessel operation, servicing the oil and gas sector, ship maintenance strategies and the future of ocean science.

To register for this free event please visit:

Posted 2020-06-10 12:31:53

PRIMaRE Conference on Marine Renewable Energy, 7th-8th July 2020, Online

The PRIMaRE annual conference provides a forum for exchanging the latest research & development and fostering collaborations on Marine Renewable Energy.

It covers a wide range of topics, including: technology, policy, environment, hydrodynamics, resource characterisation, materials, operations and management.

The PRIMaRE annual conference is a two-day event, usually held in May or July, where the network showcases the research conducted among the different partner institutions, their industrial collaborators and the wider academic sector.

Due to the current on-going COVID-19 situation, the 7th PRIMaRE Conference will take place online on 7th-8th July 2020 and will be run by University of Plymouth and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2020-06-30 08:44:32

Tidal Supply Chain Opportunities Webinar, 9th July 2020, online

You are invited to join the first in a series of six supply chain seminar events as part of the TIGER project, a 45m project funded by Interreg France (Channel) England via the Zoom meeting platform. The events are hosted by EMEC and facilitated by ORE Catapult.

The first event, supported by the Ocean Power Innovation Network, will focus on subsea cables & connectors, aiming to integrate cross-sector supply chain capability and innovation into the development of world leading tidal energy projects.


This event will hear from leading tidal energy deployments with presentations from technology developers at the coal face of industrial innovation.

* TIGER & OPIN introductions

* MeyGen - Subsea Cables; Lessons learnt and future arrays - Fraser Johnson O&M Manager

* Orbital Marine Power's O2: The most powerful, technologically advanced tidal turbine in the world - Mark MacCarthy

* Sabella subsea assets: What we have learnt and future supply chain requirements - Erwann Nicolas, Engineering Manager

* Synaptec's platform for electrical protection: Subsea asset management - Tom Morley Business development

This event will introduce supply chain companies to the challenges and opportunities within the tidal and offshore energy sectors. Q&A sessions will provide attendees the opportunity to directly engage with leading technology developers and hear about upcoming procurement opportunities and potential R&D collaborations.

Please note this live webinar will be recorded and made openly accessible as per Interreg funding requirements.

Emerging themes for future TIGER supply chain events to keep an eye out for are:

* Rotor enhancement - design, materials and antifouling
* Mooring, anchoring systems and marine operations
* Site characterisation - is autonomy a cheaper and safer option?

To register for this event please visit:

Posted 2020-06-22 14:09:03