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Government looking for business input to help maritime sector prosper

The Government has announced the appointment of a group of experts to help advise on the future of the maritime sector, looking at opportunities delivered by ground-breaking new technology such as autonomous ships and digital ports.

The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, announced the appointment of the team, who will work closely with industry contacts to help make sure the UK stays at the forefront of global maritime over the coming decades.

He has also launched a call for evidence on Maritime 2050 - the government's landmark strategy to make the most of future opportunities for the nation's maritime industries to thrive, which will seek the views of those within the sector as well as those from outside.

Maritime 2050 will set out the challenges and opportunities to allow the government and the UK maritime industry to plan for the long-term, encourage economic growth by giving certainty to investors, and is likely to include technological advances which can help make the maritime industry more efficient.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "We want to maintain our position as a world leading maritime nation and working with the experts from within maritime, as well as those with broader experience, will help us ensure we take every opportunity open to this vital sector.

"Maritime 2050 is a once in a generation opportunity to set an ambitious vision for the future of this key sector and I encourage all of those who depend on shipping to have their say."

The call for evidence, which closes on 16th May 2018, highlights a number of themes fundamental to the growth of UK maritime:

* technology
* trade
* infrastructure
* environment
* people
* security/resilience

As part of the strategy, a series of objectives will be set so that progress against each of these themes can be scrutinised.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/maritime-2050-call-for-evidence

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Posted 2018-03-29 17:45:41

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