Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Announces New Round of Funding and Previous Winners

Posted on: 30/09/2022

CMDC Round 3

On World Maritime Day the new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced £60m funding for the third round of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC).
This is the largest government R&D investment announced to date to help the maritime sector transition towards Net Zero operations and builds upon the success of CMDC1 and CMDC2 both of which were oversubscribed.

For the first time under the CMDC multiyear projects are eligible to receive funding allowing large scale demonstrations of clean maritime technology to take place. Projects are expected to run between April 2023 – March 2025 and the deadline to apply is by 9th November.

Innovate UK KTN, along with funders the Department for Transport and delivery partners Innovate UK, held a competition briefing event on the 30th September which can be viewed here.

CMDC3 is split into 2 strands and full detail can be found via the links provided:

Strand 1 – focuses on large scale demonstration of either on-vessel technologies or infrastructure projects. Projects under this strand have expected costs between £1m-8m.

Strand 2 – focuses on large scale demonstration of combined vessel and infrastructure projects. Project costs for this strand are expected to be between £2m-10m.

CMDC Round 2

Also announced were the 31 successful recipients of CMDC Round 2 funding. £12m was available from this round launched back in May 2022 and projects ranged from the development of a hydrogen powered hovercraft to examining the feasibility of Green Shipping Corridors between UK and International ports.

The full list of CMDC2 winners can be found here.

CMDC Round 1

On the same day Innovate UK also revealed a project summary brochure highlighting the successes and achievements of the 55 projects funded under the now completed CMDC Round 1.

The Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC) is part of a suite of interventions delivered by the UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE). UK SHORE was established in March 2022 and a £206m budget with the aim at decarbonising the domestic maritime sector. CMDC targets pre-commercial technologies to bring them closer to market readiness to create a pipeline of high-quality maritime decarbonisation projects.

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Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 3

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