Jan 22

ACUA Ocean joins the UK Chamber of Shipping

ACUA Ocean, a clean maritime startup, has become the latest organisation to join the UK Chamber of Shipping.

The Chamber has around 200 members and works with its membership, committee’s and panels to promote the UK shipping sector and lobbies the government on behalf of its membership.

ACUA Ocean has developed the world’s first long-endurance uncrewed surface vessel powered by liquid hydrogen to provide offshore security monitoring and data collection.

Working with the University of Southampton’s Marine and Maritime Institute through a Department for Transport and Innovate UK supported Clean Maritime Demonstration grant, ACUA Ocean is focused on maritime decarbonisation and autonomous systems. 

The project is being supported by maritime SMEs across the UK, with the vessel build being delivered by PDL in Porchester and electrical design and outfitting being undertaken by Trident Marine Electrical of Lowestoft.

The prototype vessel will be launched in mid-2022 and will demonstrate the latest autonomous technology aimed at supporting the fast-growing offshore renewable energy and offshore infrastructure sectors, as well as capability across the defence and security sectors.

On joining the Chamber, Neil Tinmouth, CEO at ACUA Ocean, said: 

“Uncrewed and autonomous surface vessels represent the future of the maritime industry, offering increased scalability and safety. We’re excited to be part of the resurgence of the British shipping industry.”

ACUA Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Puneet Chhabra added, "Joining the UK Chamber of Shipping we saw the opportunity to engage with world-leading maritime organisations and explore opportunities to collaborate on innovative new technologies including autonomous systems, AI, and edge-based data processing.”

Welcoming ACUA Ocean, Head of Membership at the Chamber of Shipping Tony Jerome said:

“ACUA Ocena is an amazing new start-up, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Everyone at the Chamber is delighted they have decided to join us at this pivotal time for the industry. 

“At the Chamber, we are always looking to grow our membership and influence and we offer businesses and organisations a fantastic opportunity to work together to shape our great industry.

“As we grow our membership we will continue to promote and protect our members’ interests, ensuring they are well-positioned to take advantage of future opportunities.”

If anyone is interested in joining the Chamber, please get in touch with our Head of Membership Tony Jerome.