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.

Focus Areas

  • 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.

    For the latest Maritime & Ports updates and latest activities, please visit Innovate UK Business Connect Transport team as well as the the Infrastructure team website pages.

    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.

Singapore’s Opportunities for Maritime Innovation

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.

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Related Opportunities

Smart Shipping Acceleration Fund

Opens: 22/04/2024 Closes: 26/06/2024

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £8m for innovative smart shipping technologies for maritime decarbonisation.

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International Green Corridors Fund: UK – IE Feasibility Studies

Opens: 15/04/2024 Closes: 30/05/2024

UK registered organisations and Irish organisations can apply for a share of €1m for joint R&D projects focused on UK and IE Green Shipping Corridor routes.

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European Space Agency: Blue Capital

Opens: 06/05/2024 Closes: 14/06/2024

The call aims to promote the use of satellite and digital technologies to bring about solutions and funding streams to support the blue natural capital sector.

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Freight Innovation Fund Accelerator Cohort 3

Opens: 01/05/2024 Closes: 09/06/2024

The Freight Innovation Fund Accelerator will support up to 12 SMEs to trial solutions in real-world environments to help solve challenges within the sector.

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Hydrogen Innovation Initiative Demonstrations 2024-25

Opens: 07/05/2024 Closes: 05/06/2024

Companies can apply for up to £35k to demonstrate technology related to the production, conversion, distribution or end use of hydrogen.

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International Green Corridors Fund: UK–NL Feasibility Studies

Opens: 03/06/2024 Closes: 17/07/2024

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £430k for feasibility studies with Netherlands organisations, looking at UK – NL shipping routes.

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Tue
31
Oct
2023

Horizon Europe Maritime Information Day and Brokerage Event

09.30 - 16.30 | London

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24
May
2022

Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Final Showcase

10.00 - 17.00 | Portsmouth

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