Maritime & Ports Innovation Network
Following the success of the Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Innovation Network held from 2020 to 2022, we have decided to extend the programme for an additional year. We reaffirm our commitment to decarbonising our industries including maritime.
Following the success of the Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Innovation Network held from 2020 to 2022, we have decided to extend the programme for an additional year. We recognise that since the inception of our original programme in 2019, a lot has happened, we left the EU, we entered a pandemic and a financial crisis (not just because we left the EU) and we reaffirmed our commitment to decarbonising our industries including maritime.
Ports remain central to work we aim to achieve over the next year however, it was decided to expand the remit of the Innovation Network to include the wider maritime sector but with the same focus on decarbonisation and building back greener.
In the maritime sector, decarbonising remains the largest innovation challenge we face, but other imposing challenges face the sector. These include the move towards automation, and digitisation, and striving to improve productivity and safety.
Through a range of activities such as engagement events, Innovation Exchange challenge launches, case studies and more, the Maritime & Ports Innovation Network will explore with the community the cross-sectorial challenges and opportunities as well as showcase findings to help the sector’s stakeholders to succeed in their transition to a more productive, safer and cleaner way of working.
The network has also launched the Maritime Innovation Sound Waves Podcast – a series dedicated to discussing technologies and solutions developed and used in the Ports and Maritime sectors to meet the UK’s Net Zero targets.
We are extending our existing substantive community and would welcome new members from the smaller or mid sized Port owners / operators; those in the fishing or leisure sectors; academic and research bodies; and of course technology developers particularly in decarbonising, digitising and automating.
We will be engaging with UKSHORE and are keen to support their engagement with the maritime sector on their planned consultations over the next year.
We are planning a series of ‘Engage with Innovate UK Business Connect’ type podcasts to help introduce latest thinking and activity on a range of technologies which have great potential to be game changers in the industry. Through our extensive range of networks we will explore with industry experts subjects such as 5G, battery storage, hydrogen and alternate fuels and other subjects of interest.
We will be looking to develop a series of case studies from the UK and internationally where cutting edge approaches to a variety of our core interest challenges are being developed.
We will be exploring in depth approaches to addressing opportunities in subjects such as green shipping corridors, greening inland shipping, developing energy systems and preparing for autonomy.
Make sure to read our Decarbonising Ports & Harbours: Industry Insights & Vision report which contains a collection of knowledge and insights shared by the Maritime & Ports Innovation Network and curated by our experts in the maritime transport and clean energy systems sector.
We want to explore means to present the wide range of cutting edge technology solutions being developed in the UK to showcase British ingenuity and how the UK is taking a leading role in transitioning towards a cleaner, safer and more productive maritime sector.
In response to the UK’s commitment to achieve Net Zero by 2050, we have also developed a landscape map of the UK port owners, operators, technology providers, industry stakeholders as well as solution providers. Explore and join the interactive landscape map.
In summer 2022, representatives from Innovate UK Business Connect’s Maritime & Ports Innovation Network met with key organisations at the heart of Singapore’s maritime innovation ecosystem. Read the case study from our visit here.
Global Business Innovation Programme: Ocean Technology, Canada
Opens: 21/02/2024 Closes: 24/03/2024
Innovate UK invites ambitious Ocean Technology sector companies to join our programme in Canada with two workshops and a market visit.
Horizon Europe: Clean and competitive solutions for all transport modes
Opens: 07/12/2023 Closes: 18/04/2024
Research and innovation across all transport modes sought, for the EU to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and reduce air pollution by 2050
UK - Germany Bilateral: Collaborative R&D Round 3
Opens: 07/02/2024 Closes: 03/06/2024
UK registered organisations, collaborating with at least one German SME, can apply for a share of up to £4m for projects in emerging technologies.
Related Events and Recordings
Decarbonising Ports & Harbours: Industry Insights & Vision report
This report is a collection of knowledge and insights shared by the Maritime & Ports Innovation Network and curated by our experts in the maritime transport and clean energy systems sector.
Maritime Innovation Sound Waves - Podcast Episode 5: Future Sustainable Ports
Welcome to the Maritime Innovation Sound Waves Podcast from the Maritime and Ports Innovation Network. In this episode, we discuss future sustainable ports.
Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Landscape Map
This landscape map is an evolving visualisation representing maritime stakeholders and the wider community committed to decarbonising UK ports & harbours.
Through our Innovation Network programme, we’ve united some of the best minds and greatest thinkers from across the UK in areas of innovation, development and new technologies.