The maritime industries come together through Maritime UK to make progress on key areas of shared interest. Maritime UK’s national priorities are innovation, people, competitiveness, regional growth and the environment.
Connected Places Catapult follows Port Skills and Safety, which were the latest organisation to join the national umbrella body in December 2021. Maritime UK’s objectives are to champion and work to enable a thriving maritime sector. It does this through a combination of industry coordination and campaigning coupled with its programmes in each priority area.
The Catapult has been growing its impact in the maritime sector over recent years, and sees formalising its partnership with Maritime UK as an excellent way to continue working with the sector, scaling impact and bringing expertise from across multiple other markets in the UK and globally.
The Catapult offers multi-disciplinary, systems-focussed support to the great challenges and opportunities facing global communities today, from decarbonisation of infrastructure and transport to the digitalisation of future cities. In the maritime sector, the Catapult has worked closely with industry, innovators, academia and government to deliver key work such as the UK Ports of the Future Blueprint, the Freeports Playbook, the recently announced Moving on the Mersey initiative and more, including four recent Clean Maritime Demonstrator Competition projects. The Catapult supports industry to understand the potential value of new technologies, better targeting investment and building on cross-sector experience whilst accelerating innovative solutions to market, working together with larger technology organisations, SMEs and academia.