Journey to net zero in maritime sector underway as UK confirms £12m for zero emissions technologies

  • multi-million investment announced for innovative projects to prevent ships from polluting our seas
  • the competition will create cleaner and greener routes on major domestic and international journeys, delivering on the UK’s COP26 commitment, as well as domestic green ferry crossings
  • UK SHORE, created to decarbonise the shipping sector, is a fundamental part of the UK’s journey to net zero shipping by 2050 and will support thousands of skilled jobs across the country

Zero-emission ferries and ships are on the verge of being a reality, as Maritimes Minister Robert Courts confirmed today (24 May 2022) £12 million in funding to accelerate research and development development of zero-emission maritime technologies.

Now in its second round, the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (WCDC) was born out of the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan to tackle carbon emissions. The latest funding consolidates the UK’s position as a global leader in clean maritime technology and supports the creation of thousands of skilled jobs across the UK.

the WCDC is one of the first initiatives of UK SHORE, a new unit launched to make the maritime sector greener. Dedicated to creating a world free of marine emissions, UK SHORE will work with industry to address many marine emissions challenges.

Through research and development (R&D), it will include the provision of domestic zero-emission ferries, helping to tackle the estimated 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions that ro-ro ships and passenger-only ferries contribute to UK domestic shipping emissions. United.

Robert Courts, Minister of Maritimes, said:

I want to see a new green era for emission-free maritime travel.

Following the success of last year’s competition, this second round has been designed to support a maritime future that uses the most creative and innovative ways to keep people and goods sailing in cleaner and greener ways.

At COP26 we pledged to create a green maritime legacy for generations to come, and UK SHORE puts us at the forefront of the global green maritime revolution – supporting thousands of green jobs across the country .

The Maritime Minister today announced funding for the competition in Portsmouth, the heart of UK shipping, as he met some of the 55 winners of last year’s competition. At Portsmouth International Port, some of the previous winners showcased their projects.

One of last year’s winners, MJR Controls, secured funding to create wind turbine charging points for electric vessels. Eight months later he created the charging ports and installation will take place towards the end of the summer at the Lynn and Inner Dowsing offshore wind farms.

In line with Clydebank’s statement agreed at COP26 to create green routes known as ‘green shipping corridors’ to and from the UK, this next set of WCDC the funding will include feasibility studies to help us work in partnership with industry to ultimately deliver green corridors both in the UK and overseas.

Research and development funding of £206 million for UK SHORE, the largest investment ever in the maritime sector, was announced as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy in March 2022. This investment will accelerate the industry’s transition to a cleaner future by supporting our journey to net zero in 2050.

Maritime UK Managing Director Ben Murray said:

The creation of UK SHORE is a very important step in the decarbonisation journey of the UK maritime sector.

Its first intervention – an extension of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition – shows that the UK is determined to be a world leader in the clean maritime domain. As before, industry will co-invest to create the solutions needed for decarbonization.

The projects on display today – from remote-controlled ships to green port infrastructure and wind-electric charging points – prove that Britain remains an island of maritime pioneers.

Continued investment and collaboration with government will provide the momentum we need and create skilled jobs on our coast.

UK Chamber Maritime Policy Director (Safety and Environment), Anna Ziou, said:

The British Chamber of Shipping welcomes the announcement of the second round of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.

The journey to decarbonize shipping has begun and these investments are key to charting a clear path.

We look forward to working closely with the government and UK SHORE to secure new funding opportunities for the industry and explore the transformative actions needed to help shipping meet the net zero commitment.

The first Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition was launched last year by DfT to kick-start decarbonization innovation in the maritime sector.

Future elements of UK SHORE’s three-year program will include several further rounds of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition as well as other interventions aimed at accelerating the development and use of key technologies.

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