Clean Maritime

While shipping is the most environmentally efficient method to move large quantities of goods around the planet, the sector still has a significant impact on global emissions. Decarbonisation of the maritime sector is a complex, global challenge involving over 170 member states as represented through the International Maritime Organisation. 

In the UK and globally uncertainty surrounds future fuels, regulations and the provisions needed to provide a global infrastructure that facilitates a net zero future for the maritime sector. The UK Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy and Clean Maritime Plan set out a vision to position the UK as a global leader within clean maritime, building on our leading position in maritime research and technology to benefit UK businesses through economic opportunities to provide decarbonisation solutions to a global market. Further, the Governments Net Zero Strategy indicates achieving net zero post-2030, with finalised dates and targets to be committed in the ‘Course to Zero’ strategy, expected in 2022.

Maritime Projects

Read more about our Maritime projects, hear from our experts on the innovative work we are helping to accelerate in the transport sector.

Transport Research and Innovation Grants
Transport Research and Innovation Grants

The TRIG Programme aims to work on projects addressing COVID-19 Recovery and Resilient Transport Systems, Maritime Decarbonisation and Future of Freight challenges.

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Maritime Events

Join us as we host events that showcase the impact collaboration has on accelerating research and innovation.

Transport Innovation Expo
Transport Innovation Expo

The Transport Innovation Expo brought together transport leaders, innovators and SMEs to showcase the power of collaboration through facilitated conversations around current sector challenges, demonstrations of novel solutions and discussions about new strategies for growth.

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The Transition to Smart UK Ports
The Transition to Smart UK Ports

The use cases provided practical and feasible innovative solutions to challenges faced by ports in the UK and around the world, building on the decarbonisation and digitalisation themes we explored in our recent Transitioning to Smart Ports project.

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Maritime News & Analysis

Get the latest from the academia, public bodies and businesses on how the latest tech and innovation can help us create sustainable, inclusive connected places in the UK and globally.

Why the UK's New Approach to Freeports will be Different
Why the UK’s New Approach to Freeports will be Different

It is important to take on new challenges, like digitalisation and decarbonisation, and turn these into opportunities. Why can’t, for example, freeports become multimodal energy hubs to attract inward investment for a net-zero mission across the multiple transport modes they serve?

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Delivering the Transition to Smart UK Ports Webinar Overview
Delivering the Transition to Smart UK Ports Webinar Overview

With Net Zero requirements being a key part of the Government’s Freeport plan, delegates heard how the Catapult and Royal HaskoningDHV have supported the Port of London in defining a self-learning model to accurately predict changes in water levels along the Thames.

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Freeport Playbook – an opportunity to create sustainable industries
Freeport Playbook – an opportunity to create sustainable industries

Freeports have the potential to be powerful engines of regional growth, through stimulating innovation and collaboration. The Government specification for Freeports includes requirements to support the transition to net zero.

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Smart Ports: Dynamic Management of Ferry Freight Export Traffic
Smart Ports: Dynamic Management of Ferry Freight Export Traffic

Smart Ports are a key theme being explored and developed globally, having the potential to support the digitalisation of supply chains and logistics, increase resiliency, improve efficiency and accelerate decarbonisation.

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Smart Ports: Shore Power to Support Vessel Operations Use Case
Smart Ports: Shore Power to Support Vessel Operations Use Case

This use case examines the potential of developing a shore power solution at the port, evaluates different design and implementation options, and outlines a set of enabling activities and recommendations as a key step towards developing UK ports as green energy hubs and moving towards a Net Zero Carbon future.

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Transport Research and Innovation Grants 2021 programme
Transport Research and Innovation Grants 2021 programme

Transport Research and Innovation Grants 2021 programme amongst a range of areas looks to explore technologies within the fields of low carbon fuels and decarbonising our transport system.

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Clean Maritime Reports

You can all of our latest reports about our work into Clean Maritime projects, including our latest work around the UK’s Freeports.

Delivering the Transition to Smart UK Ports Webinar Overview
Delivering the Transition to Smart UK Ports Webinar Overview

With Net Zero requirements being a key part of the Government’s Freeport plan, delegates heard how the Catapult and Royal HaskoningDHV have supported the Port of London in defining a self-learning model to accurately predict changes in water levels along the Thames.

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Freeport Playbook: create sustainable industries, innovate and deliver impact
Freeport Playbook: create sustainable industries, innovate and deliver impact

As announced in the Chancellor Rishi Sunak 2021 budget, the UK will now have eight new Freeports. To support this key initiative, Connected Places Catapult is launching our Freeports Playbook, a first step in establishing the fundamentals of Freeport objectives, their global positioning, potential benefits and operational models.

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