UK Govt Funds Low-Carbon Maritime Tech

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 12, 2019

Greening the maritime sector: the UK Government continues to invest in low-carbon maritime technologies. (Photo © Adobe Stock / Elnur)

Greening the maritime sector: the UK Government continues to invest in low-carbon maritime technologies. (Photo © Adobe Stock / Elnur)

he UK Government has granted £2.3 millon ($2.85 million) for the development of new maritime technology that will cut shipping emissions.

The funding, part of the government’s clean maritime plan, was announced by the Department for Transport (DfT). Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has committed an additional £1 million for new shipping technology projects through MarRI-UK, a consortium of maritime organizations. MaRI-UK has already been allocated £1 million for clean maritime projects in their early stages.

Minister Ghani stated: “The UK continues to lead the way on the global stage, playing a key role in reaching an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50 percent in 2050. This latest investment will help ensure our great maritime nation remains sustainable years into the future.”

Maritime UK vice-chair, Sarah Kenny, added: “The UK is home to world-leading maritime technology, particularly in automation. We want to be leaders in the key areas of decarbonisation and digitization too. MarRI-UK is the first collaborative body in the sector that brings together expertise from all parts of the sector. We back decarbonisation by 2050 and by working collaboratively with government, we will achieve this.”

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