Maritime UK South West June Newsletter

Welcome to the Maritime UK South West June Newsletter.

Content summary:

  • Covid 19 support, legal advice and wave two questionnaire
  • Supply chain events to get into tidal energy and floating offshore wind
  • Clean Maritime call winners
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships case study
  • Support for maritime innovation
  • Marine Tech webinar series
  • Add your content to Dept for Trade International newsletter.

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If you have content for the newsletter please contact enquiries@maritimeuksw.org

COVID-19: BUSINESS SUPPORT

You can find general advice and guidance for businesses in response to COVID-19 at gov.uk/business-support or for specific local support visit your local Growth Hub:
– Devon and Somerset – Heart of the South West Growth Hub
– Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Growth Hub
– Dorset Gateway

Your local council are also likely be providing direct support also.

If you are unsure if you are eligible for grants, use the following online tool
https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

COVID-19: MARTIIME BUSINESS QUESTIONNAIRE – WAVE 2

Maritime UK South West, together with other Ocean Economy sector bodies are conducting sector-wide survey work to get an idea of the current ‘state of health’ throughout the maritime sector. Data collected is being used to inform Covid business continuity and support, as well as in shaping economic recovery plans for the sector.

The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

COVID 19: LEGAL ADVICE ON CONTRACTS AND COMMERCIAL PREMISES

At this difficult time, it is hard to predict the full economic impact of the Coronavirus.  Undoubtedly, everyone will be affected in some way.  Most businesses are likely to see a shock at both ends: input and output.  This will, in turn, have a knock-on effect on other businesses and on commercial contracts including those involving commercial premises. Maritime UK South West sponsor and award winning Shipping Lawyers Bartons, based in Plymouth provide advice and guidance on both.
To find out more visit the Bartons website

TIDAL SUPPLY CHAIN OPPORTUNITY: TIGER WEBINAR SERIES

The first of six supply chain seminar events hosted by the TIGER project, a €45m partnership funded by Interreg France (Channel) England ,will be held on 9th July 9.30 – 11.30.
The first event will be focused on subsea cables & connectors and aims to drive cross-sector supply chain capability and innovation into the development of world leading tidal energy projects.
In the UK alone, the tidal industry is predicted to generate £1.4bn and 4,000 jobs by 2030. Worldwide, the ocean energy industry is predicted to be worth £76 billion by 2050, outstripping growth and export potential in most other sectors. Maritime UK SW are working with the TIGER project to maximise the take up of this opportunity into the maritime sector.

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MARRI-UK £1.4M CLEAN MARITIME CALL WINNERS

£1.4m has been awarded to 10 organisations as part of the Clean Maritime Call, a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the Department for Transport (DfT). The grants will help find innovative ways to develop technology to assist the UK’s transition to a future of zero emission shipping, a long term ambition of Government.
The strategic vision for the future of the maritime sector was set out by the Government in 2019, through the publication of Maritime 2050. This included a commitment to drive the transition towards zero emission shipping. As a consequence, the Clean Maritime Plan was developed in line with the Environment Route Map of Maritime 2050.

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MARINE AUTONOMY AT CITY COLLEGE PLYMOUTH

Autonomous and robotic vehicles are the future of marine science. The ability to explore the most extreme oceanic environments including the ocean depths without the need for human operation allows scientists to explore the oceans in ways that were previously not possible.

The focus of the Foundation Degree in Marine Autonomous Vehicles at City College Plymouth will be to provide the future workforce for the blue-tech industries, however, with the free-thinking and holistic approach provided, enabling students to innovate and develop new systems and methods, it is anticipated that there will be the opportunity for students to utilise their knowledge enabling them to become new start-up businesses in their own right.

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SUPPORT FOR OCEAN ECONOMY INNOVATION IN DEVON AND CORNWALL

Don’t miss out on the European funded support programmes for marine innovation currently operating in the South West.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly – Marine-i 
The new programme is focussed on collaborative working with partners, accelerating development of innovative product ideas, working closely with businesses to take their products to the next stage of commercialisation.

Devon – Marine Business Technology Centre
Focussed on advanced marine autonomy, alternative propulsion, advanced materials/manufacturing, environmental monitoring/modelling, cyber security, internet of Things (IoT) and Big data.

Devon – Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab 
Free, collaborative support from world-class scientists and technologists to develop your new product, service or process from University of Exeter, Exeter City Futures, the Met Office, the University of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and Rothamsted Research.

KEEPING A COMPETITIVE EDGE WITH A KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER PARTNERSHIP

As innovators in producing inflatable stand-up paddleboards (SUP) since 2008, Red Paddle Co. sought to improve their products and maintain their premium market status in the face of an increasing number of competitors.
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Plymouth introduced a talented graduate to the company for a ground-up approach to analysing, re-designing and optimising the key components of Red Paddle Co.’s products. The KTP has led to an enhanced design process and next-generation SUP product development, underpinned by academic knowledge and support with access to the University’s advanced testing facilities and equipment.

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Floating Offshore Wind Supply Chain Event

Over 100 delegates joined an exciting event on the plans for deployment of industrial scale Floating Wind (FLOW) in the Celtic Sea and the supply chain opportunities that arise from this.
The political will, investor appetite and regulatory requirements are all aligning with the first 90MW + developments already in planning.

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PARTNERSHIP AIMS TO PROVIDE MORE THAN 20,000 RECYCLABLE FACE SHIELDS A WEEK FOR COVID-19 ESSENTIAL STAFF

Engineers at the University of Plymouth are working alongside staff from Plympton-based Prestige Packaging to design and manufacture a new series of recyclable face shields.

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ADD YOUR CONTENT TO NEW INTERNATIONAL TRADE NEWSLETTER

The Department for International Trade have launched a newsletter to keep overseas trade contacts updated on export and investment related news from the UK maritime sector. If you would like your content (innovations, success stories and business opportunities) added to the newsletter please send materials to enquiries@maritimeuksw.org

OCEANSGATE MARINE TECHNOLOGY WEBINAR SERIES

In partnership with Maritime UK South West and other local partners the team at the Oceansgate Marine Technology Enterprise Zone in Plymouth are overcoming Covid-19 barriers to face to face networking and collaboration by hosting a regular programme of marine technology webinars. The events will provide a platform for the world class marine technology offer in the surrounding area with topics including access to innovation funding and support, marine autonomy, case studies covering leading edge tech development and showcasing world class strengths in the SW.

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INNOVATIVE FLOATING RENEWABLE ENERGY PLATFORM FROM SW COMPANY

A new project set to revolutionise local renewable energy generation, storage and use has been launched, led by Plymouth-based technology developer Frontier Technical Ltd.

The £1.4million MARLIN STAR project, funded by the Energy Catalyst programme, will progress the development and commercialisation of an innovative modular, floating renewable energy platform that will enable coastal community access to stored and transferable clean energy.

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