Innovation takes centre stage in Maritime 2050 strategy

The UK Government has set out its vision for the future of the UK’s maritime services sector.

Dubbed Maritime 2050, the strategy outlines a range of short, medium and long-term proposals, including developing technology, people, and infrastructure, to keep the maritime industry in the UK flourishing.

These include establishing an innovation hub at a UK port by 2030, looking at ways to clean up emissions from the industry, and building on the world-class training already offered to seafarers.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

“Maritime is a vital UK industry, bringing in £14 billion to our economy as well as providing thousands of new and exciting careers for people across the country.

“This strategy is a clear message to the world – we will continue to be a leading maritime nation for the next 30 years and beyond.

“We will be at the forefront of emerging technology and seafarer training and will capitalise on selling this expertise to companies across the world.”

New legislation will introduce a domestic framework for autonomous vessels to enhance testing in UK waters. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is looking at what is needed to ensure the safety of these and other ships. This will set the UK as the best place to trial this technology which will then attract international business and investment, providing a boost to the economy.

The UK will also pioneer the use of virtual and augmented reality in seafarer training as the government looks to establish a Maritime Skills Commission, bringing together leading experts to report in the existing and future needs of the industry – keeping it at the cutting edge of tuition.

UK Chamber of Shipping CEO Bob Sanguinetti said:

 “We know the UK already has a world class maritime offer but this robust and forward-thinking strategy sets out clear ambitions to enhance that offer further still.

“There are immense opportunities out there for the maritime sector, not least in the huge technological revolution that is well under way.  We are determined to work with government, our industry partners and members to make the most of them”

Read the whole strategy here