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New UK Centre for Maritime Innovation and Technology Established

Logistic News - Published on Mon, 15 Jul 2019

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A consortium of British companies, academia and government, have formally established a new national centre for maritime innovation and technology. The centre, offering exciting development opportunities for the UK’s GBP 40 billion maritime sector, is based at the University of Strathclyde, with hubs to be announced across the UK. The centre will provide a collaborative innovation vehicle to jointly tackle innovation and technology challenges. The first area of collaborative focus is Clean Maritime. MarRI-UK will focus on research and innovation within mid TRL (3 – 7) levels to address the opportunities between “discovery and research” and “commercialisation” of maritime technologies and systems. It will develop a structured, coherent, and comprehensive approach leading to national and regional development and economic growth. A maritime sector strengthened by MarRI-UK will help the co-ordination of research across the maritime sector by giving an understanding of commercial opportunities aligned to a shared roadmap. This will underpin government initiatives and investment and support the wider prosperity agenda linked to innovation.

Eight maritime companies (Babcock, BAE Systems, BMT Group, Cammell Laird, Lloyd’s Register, QinetiQ, Rolls-Royce and Shell),supported by the Society of Maritime Industries, and four universities (Newcastle, Southampton, Strathclyde and UCL) have been working to develop MarRI-UK since 2013. Led by Patrick Carnie of Babcock Marine and Technology and Professor Alex Duffy of the University of Strathclyde, the consortium have worked collaboratively with Maritime UK to attain support and secure funding from the UK Government through different streams.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Mon, 15 Jul 2019
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