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Maritime Accelerator 2024 Application Support Webinar

Connected Places Catapult will be hosting an application support webinar for our Maritime accelerator to share information and answer any questions applicants may have.

When and where?

5th June 2024
2:00pm - 3:30pm

The Maritime Accelerator is a programme powered by Connected Places Catapult, designed to support SMEs with innovative solutions that can be applied in the maritime sector.

We will select up to 8 SMEs to join the programme where they will receive a bespoke support tailored to their business needs. This will include investment readiness, business modelling, customer profiling and enterprise selling. The SMEs will also get an opportunity to design and deliver technology trials and will be supported by a consortium of industry, government, academic and regulatory partners.

This application support webinar will cover the programme challenges and guidance on the application process. Connected Places Catapult will work alongside partners to ensure that the programme tackles significant sector challenges and accelerates innovation in the marketplace.

Partners include Port of Tyne, DP World, National Shipbuilding Office, Serco, University of Plymouth, Portsmouth International Port, Royal Navy Maritime Enterprise, Maersk, and Houlder.

The application process will be open shortly, in the meantime register for the webinar to find out more.

The webinar will be followed by two Q&A drop-in sessions on the 6th and 10th June.

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Maritime Funding Playbook Webinar

You are an SME in the maritime sector, looking to fund your next stage of development? We are launching our special funding playbook to help you on this journey.

When and where?

31st January 2024
10:00am - 11:30am

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Join us for the launch of our Maritime SME Innovation Funding Guide packed with first-hand information and expert insights on the available public and private investment for UK entrepreneurs looking to innovate in this major sector of our economy.

There is no better time than the beginning of the new year to get up to speed with the funding landscape in the sector and hear from key contributors to our Maritime SME Funding Guide from the investment and innovation community. During this webinar we’ll be covering topics like grant and equity funding as well as what support is available for you as innovator to give your best shot at securing the right funding needed for your sustainable growth. Fellow entrepreneurs from across CPC’s accelerator, funding and cluster programmes with stakes in the digitalisation, decarbonization and safety of our ports and ships will share their own innovation funding journeys and perspectives on the maritime as a growth opportunity.

Our goal is to offer you a dynamic, interactive session where you’ll have the opportunity to ask our experts and fellow innovators questions and come away with useful information and clear action plan how to fund your maritime innovation in the new year ahead.

For any questions please contact metodi.naydenov@cp.catapult.org.uk

Day 1
31st January
10:00
Welcome & Introduction
10:05
Maritime SME Funding Playbook Launch
10:20
The Investor Perspective
10:30
CETO AI - SME experienced in maritime innovation
10:40
Grants & publicly funded support for maritime investors
10:50
Continental Engineering Services - SME interested in maritime innovation
11:00
Q&A
11:30
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Maritime Innovation Week 2023

 Embrace the Future of Maritime Excellence Online.

When and where?

Newcastle Innovation Hub, BT Tower and online
7th - 9th November 2023
9:00am - 6:00pm

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Mark Wray, our Ecosystem Director, Maritime & Ports, will Chair the panel session titled ‘Targeting Net Zero – Opportunities and Challenges’ on Day 1 (11:45-12:30), with panellists from Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Serco, Ricardo and OREC.
Also on Day 1, Richard Wigley, our SME Innovation Support Team Lead, will deliver a presentation as part of  the session titled ‘Sustainable Business Model Innovation’ from 14:30.

On Day 2, Justin Anderson, Director of Digital Twin Hub, will join the Innovation Exchange session from 11:45 to deliver a ‘lightning talk’.

Finally, on Day 3 of the event, Service Designers Trusha Oza and Eleanor Pile will host a workshop on inclusive innovation, from 12:50; and Mark Wray will Chair a panel on Disruptive Technology and How can it positively impact our Ports.

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Aberdeen Port Zero: Zeroing in on Future Sustainability

This report summarises the work undertaken as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 2 Aberdeen Port Zero project.

Ports have a major role in helping the maritime industry transition to net zero by 2050. The Port of Aberdeen, in particular, is a crucial player in international energy, trade, and tourism, and is a key enabler within the local, regional, and national supply chains.

A recent study carried out by a team of partners including; Port of Aberdeen, Buro Happold, Connected Places Catapult, and Energy Systems Catapult, aimed to understand future power demands, low carbon energy supply sources, and developed a roadmap for implementation to decarbonise port operations.

The study explored green alternative power sources and technologies to power port and third-party owned equipment, including road vehicles, cranes, reach stackers, tugs, pilot boats, and quayside infrastructure. In addition, high-level future energy demands were mapped out to gain a comprehensive understanding of the requirements moving forward.

The results of this study have wider implications across the UK port sector and align with the emissions reductions goals published in the Department for Transport’s Clean Maritime Plan of 2019. The study also has strong connections to both the Shore Power Feasibility Study 2021 and the Outline Business Case 2021-2022 carried out at Port of Aberdeen.

This summary aims to highlight all of the project work and outputs and share information that will be helpful for other UK ports on their net zero journey. The summary also lists how the project partners can support ports on their journey and enable the UK maritime sector to take the lead on the decarbonisation journey.

In conclusion, the Port of Aberdeen and its partners are leading the way in decarbonising port operations, and their work will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the UK’s transition to net zero by 2050. As the maritime industry continues to evolve and adapt, it is crucial that ports play their part in reducing emissions and creating a more sustainable future for all.

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Aberdeen Port Zero: Zeroing in on Future Sustainability

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Decarbonisation and automation innovators join Maritime Accelerator as Royal Navy confirms support

AI supply chain management, autonomous security drones and emission reduction technologies are among the innovations selected to receive expert support.

Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and place leadership, today announced the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) selected to take part in the 2023 Maritime Accelerator.

The companies selected are developing technologies that respond to challenges in the sector around automation and decarbonisation. These areas of focus were identified by the programme partners: DP World Southampton; Houlder; Maersk; the National Shipbuilding Office; Port of Tyne; Serco and the University of Plymouth. These partners have recently been joined by the Royal Navy, which has agreed to provide support to SMEs on the accelerator.

“The Royal Navy is a major user of the UK’s port facilities and maintains an active interest in the development of new technologies that can give our vessels, operations and supporting infrastructure a strategic advantage. By collaborating with Connected Places Catapult we hope to provide subject matter experts on the Accelerator with valuable access and insights to help them develop their innovations.”
Commodore John Voyce, Commanding Officer of HM Naval Base Portsmouth

Over the next three months, the cohort of SMEs will receive bespoke business development, investment readiness and technical support from Connected Places Catapult. They will also gain access to expertise and insights from the programme partners, and an opportunity to explore and design trials with them, funded through the accelerator where applicable.

Meet the SMEs selected for the Maritime Accelerator:

Cargo Stream UK provides a platform that encompasses essential management and integrates AI for the maritime and land transportation industries.

Geospatial Insight brings together data analytics with satellite imagery to help clients in the maritime sector to monitor air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.

Mission Zero Technologies develops negative emissions solutions to recover CO₂ from the atmosphere for circular use or permanent removal.

PurEmissions has developed filtration technology that allows vessels and ports to meet strict emission limits and reduce their carbon footprint.

Unitrove Innovation provides zero emission fuelling infrastructure such as green liquid hydrogen, green compressed gaseous hydrogen and renewable electricity for maritime applications.

Unmanned Life has developed a software platform known as U-Security that deploys autonomous drones for security surveillance at port facilities.

“Decarbonisation and operational efficiency through automation are top of the agenda for many companies in the maritime sector and the UK has a rich tradition of leading the way in the development of new maritime technologies. Working with our partners, we’re helping the sector to continue this tradition by supporting innovative companies to rise to today’s challenges and build tomorrow’s solutions.”
Mark Wray, Ecosystem Director for Maritime and Ports at Connected Places Catapult
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London International Shipping Week 2023

Reframing risk in a complex market

When and where?

Various, London
11th - 15th September 2023
9:00am - 6:00pm

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The Maritime & Ports Ecosystem team, as well as the Delivery team, will engage in a variety of activity over the course of LISW23.

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Port Zero – Accelerating the Transition to NetZero

Accelerating the Port of Aberdeen's transition to Net Zero

When and where?

Aberdeen Science Centre, 179 Constitution Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5TU
30th August 2023
11:45am - 4:00pm

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We are delighted to invite you to the Aberdeen Science Centre to hear about our Innovate UK Clean Maritime Demonstration project, Aberdeen Port Zero – accelerating the transition to NetZero.

This half day event will comprise of presentations from both external industry experts and the project team who will share the key findings and outcomes from the ‘Port Zero’ feasibility study. There will also be a Q&A session for you to ask us more about the project.

As seating is limited, we kindly request you apply to attend at your earliest convenience to secure a place and confirm dietary requirements.

We welcome attendees that have not been directly invited by a member of the project team – please also apply to attend the event and we will confirm availability as soon as possible.

We are finalising the full programme and we will update shortly.

The Project

The project aims to transition the Port of Aberdeen’s day to day operations to NetZero by 2040 emissions through adapting and supporting the development and introduction of innovative technology and processes.

The ‘Port Zero’ feasibility study has explored green, alternative power sources and technologies to power port and third party owned equipment including but not limited to road vehicles, cranes, reach stackers, tugs and pilot boats etc, as well as quayside infrastructure.

 

If you have any questions please contact richard.holland@cp.catapult.org.uk

Day 1
30th August
11:45
Registration & networking lunch (optional)
12:30
Welcome
12:40
Aberdeen City Council
12:55
Port Zero Project Overview & Key Findings - Part One
13:20
Break
13:30
British Ports Association
13:45
Port Zero - Part 2 - Results & Recommendations
14:10
Regional Transport
14:20
Panel session
14:45
Networking
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Maritime Accelerator 2023 Application Support Webinar

Connected Places Catapult will be hosting an application support webinar for our Maritime accelerator to share information and answer any questions applicants may have.

When and where?

15th June 2023
2:00pm - 3:30pm

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The Maritime Accelerator is a programme powered by Connected Places Catapult, designed to support SMEs with innovative solutions that can be applied in the maritime sector.

We will select up to 10 SMEs to join the programme where they will receive a bespoke support tailored to their business needs. This will include investment readiness, business modelling, customer profiling and enterprise selling. The SMEs will also be supported by a consortium of industry, government, academic and regulatory partners and some will get an opportunity to design and deliver technology trials.

This application support webinar will cover the programme challenges and guidance on the application process. Connected Places Catapult will work alongside partners to ensure that the programme tackles significant sector challenges and accelerates innovation in the marketplace.

Partners include Port of Tyne, National Shipbuilding Office, Plymouth University, DP World, Serco, and Houlder with further to be announced soon.

For more details on the programme, visit our opportunity page.

Programme Partners

Day 1
15th June
14:00
Welcome
14:05
Overview of Connected Places Catapult & Maritime Sector Opportunities
14:15
Accelerator Overview
14:35
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15:30
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Maritime Growth Summit 2023

Maritime Growth Summit 2023: Investing in the future of maritime

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Hilton Newcastle Gateshead & The Discovery Museum
2nd March 2023
10:15am - 9:30pm

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The UK maritime innovation ecosystem includes high-potential technology companies, researchers, regulators, port operators, shipping companies and more. This ecosystem spreads across regions and is vital to supporting levelling up, building our new trading future and in increasing the export of UK IP to global markets.

Addressing the challenges faced in the maritime sector is of global importance, where the UK has significant and unique capabilities to tackle these challenges and grow our position as a world leader in maritime technology.

To unlock and support the growth of this ecosystem, Connected Places Catapult has launched the Maritime Innovation Flagship programme, delivered in collaboration with industry. This programme is accelerating the realisation of investment opportunities through innovation, delivering support to industry in identifying high-potential solutions and supporting innovators to achieve their growth potential.

This event will showcase the year one results of this programme, demonstrating the potential of innovation in maritime to deliver not only business benefits, but also to power key Government initiatives such as Levelling Up and stimulating economic growth.

Attendees are invited to engage with our innovators and industry partners and to work with us to shape the activity in year two and maximise our impact for investors, businesses, innovators and regions across the UK.

Dr Jo North
Technology and Transformation Director,
Port of Tyne
Dr Jo North is an Associate Lecturer for business creativity and Innovation at the University of York and joined the ...
Dr Jo North is an Associate Lecturer for business creativity and Innovation at the University of York and joined the Port as Technology and Transformation Director & 2050 Innovation Hub lead in 2019. Jo has leading-edge expertise in working with companies to optimise the creative potential of their people, products, services, and brands and build an innovative, entrepreneurial capability into organisational culture. She brings a truly unique perspective to teams and innovation as she combines her academic excellence, research, and facilitation skills with real-world, commercial business experience in the transport sector and beyond.
Tony Foster
Founder and CEO-CIO
Marine Capital
Tony Foster is the founder and CEO-CIO of Marine Capital, a boutique asset manager established in 2003 which is ...
Tony Foster is the founder and CEO-CIO of Marine Capital, a boutique asset manager established in 2003 which is focused solely on the marine industry. The firm offers investment management services and physical vessel operating capability across a range of shipping sectors as well as advisory and due diligence support for investors in marine assets. Clients, past and present, include institutional investors, corporates, sovereign entities and ultra-high net worth individuals. Marine Capital  published in November 2022 a major study on the  decarbonisation of UK domestic maritime, with a particular focus on potential funding solutions.

Tony has spent his whole career in shipping, after graduating from Oxford in law, and acted in a broad range of commercial roles including the IPO of a major listed shipping company and the acquisition of another in a state privatisation.’

Paul Wilson
Chief Business Officer
Connected Places Catapult
Paul is Chief Business Officer, Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and places.  Paul is ...
Paul is Chief Business Officer, Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and places.  Paul is also chair of Smart Cities World’s Advisory Board, and a Board member of UK5G.  He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab.

 

Paul has more than 25 years’ international leadership experience, in sales, marketing and product management in the B2B Technology Media Telecom sector, including being Chief Marketing Officer of $3Bn SunGard Financial Systems and CMO of the global digital transformation association TM Forum. Paul was a founder of the Bristol Is Open smart city project in 2014 winning various international awards and went on to be TM Forum’s Global Smart City advisor, co-creating the widely endorsed City as a Platform Manifesto. From there he advised the UK Government on the design of its £200m 5G Testbeds & Trials Programme and helped to set up UK5G. Today he leads an energetic team of people in the UK and globally who work with cities and urban transport hubs, helping to shape their approach to inclusive innovation.

Paul is a regular conference speaker and moderator, combining public policy vision with in-depth technology understanding.  He has lived in London, Hong Kong and Geneva, and worked extensively in America. Today he lives with his family in Bristol, England.

Chair, Smart Cities World Advisory Board

Board Member, UK5G

Marlene Mitchell
Commercial Manager
Port of Aberdeen
Marlene is Commercial Manager at Port of Aberdeen which has been at the heart of trade for the Scottish and ...
Marlene is Commercial Manager at Port of Aberdeen which has been at the heart of trade for the Scottish and global economy for almost 900 years.  Since joining the port in 2018 she led Business Development activity, across multiple sectors, before transitioning to her current role where she has responsibility for devising and implementing commercial strategy, as well as successful management and delivery of multi-level projects.

Marlene is focused on supporting the Port’s Net Zero ambitions and those of key local and national stakeholders to underpin the energy transition and bolster national and international trade.

Alex Weedon
Executive Director of SME Development & Academic Engagement
Connected Places Catapult
Alex is a specialist in the commercialisation of innovation with nearly 20 years of experience in complex markets, from medicine ...
Alex is a specialist in the commercialisation of innovation with nearly 20 years of experience in complex markets, from medicine and devices to transport and cities. He is a specialist in intellectual property, commercial and public procurement strategies, and has supported hundreds of high-growth potential technology businesses with varied products and services.

 

As Executive Director of Academic Engagement at Connected Places Catapult, Alex is responsible for supporting the Connected Places innovation supply chain, working for small businesses and researchers to maximise the development and implementation of innovations and support growth and jobs. With his team, he understands the regulatory and practical barriers to new market entrants to support hundreds of high-tech, high-growth businesses, operating at board and senior operational levels, helping them to win commercial traction, enter new markets and raise over £250m in investment, creating over 500 jobs in four years. He has also played a leading role in pioneering improvements of public sector innovation procurement and supported the creation of new investment funds.

Iwona Wilk
Accelerator Programme Manager
Connected Places Catapult

Iwona is the Accelerator Programme Manager at Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and places. Iwona is leading the delivery of CPC’s first Maritime Accelerator focused on addressing significant sector challenges, and designed to provide a group of selected SMEs maximise their commercial engagement.

 

Iwona has nearly 10 years of experience delivering innovation programmes across various industries (retail, telecoms, online safety, creative) and connecting innovators with new partners and opportunities to accelerate their ideas and bring their solutions into the market. 

Iwona is the Accelerator Programme Manager at Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and places. Iwona is leading the delivery of CPC’s first Maritime Accelerator focused on addressing significant sector challenges, and designed to provide a group of selected SMEs maximise their commercial engagement.

 

Iwona has nearly 10 years of experience delivering innovation programmes across various industries (retail, telecoms, online safety, creative) and connecting innovators with new partners and opportunities to accelerate their ideas and bring their solutions into the market. 

Vitaly Chukanov
Co-founder and CEO
ANT Machines
Vitaly is co-founder and CEO of ANT Machines – a start-up rethinking the conventional approach to intralogistics in multimodal terminals, ports, production facilities and other sites with extensive yard operations.  

Vitaly has a vast entrepreneurial experience in various markets. As a Partner and SVP for New Business at Marchi Holding AG – a company building a variety of special vehicles for marketing, medical, recreational purposes – he was always passionate about implementing smart and unprecedented solutions of complex engineering tasks into real-life products. This is exactly what the team of ANT machines does in the field of intralogistics striving to make the industry cleaner, safer and more efficient.  

His big fascination is sailing and sail racing. It’s not just about great fun, it’s about valuing the team, focusing on the task and overcoming challenges to get to the goal. 

Vitaly lives in Germany, in the region of North-Rhine Westfalen – the largest logistics hub in Europe.  

Vitaly is co-founder and CEO of ANT Machines – a start-up rethinking the conventional approach to intralogistics in multimodal terminals, ports, production facilities and other sites with extensive yard operations.  

Vitaly has a vast entrepreneurial experience in various markets. As a Partner and SVP for New Business at Marchi Holding AG – a company building a variety of special vehicles for marketing, medical, recreational purposes – he was always passionate about implementing smart and unprecedented solutions of complex engineering tasks into real-life products. This is exactly what the team of ANT machines does in the field of intralogistics striving to make the industry cleaner, safer and more efficient.  

His big fascination is sailing and sail racing. It’s not just about great fun, it’s about valuing the team, focusing on the task and overcoming challenges to get to the goal. 

Vitaly lives in Germany, in the region of North-Rhine Westfalen – the largest logistics hub in Europe.  

John Hutchinson
Head of Civil Maritime
Department for International Trade (DIT)
John is Head of Civil Maritime at the Department of International Trade. John has over 20 years’ experience across government, ...
John is Head of Civil Maritime at the Department of International Trade. John has over 20 years’ experience across government, science and the private sector in senior policy and operational delivery roles; including working closely with ministers and as managing director for a green energy company.
Caroline Levey
Founder
OceanWise Limited.
Caroline Levey is one of the founders of OceanWise Limited. Caroline has a Masters in Geographical Information Science; her first ...
Caroline Levey is one of the founders of OceanWise Limited. Caroline has a Masters in Geographical Information Science; her first job was developing GIS at the Port of London Authority (PLA) – the use of which is now widespread across the company.

Since leaving PLA she has worked for Metoc and SeaZone, where she was involved in developing GIS based software for companies like Airbus and was integral in the building of SeaZone Data Products – the first marine data company.  With OceanWise Caroline has developed higher quality Data Products, GIS based software for use in the marine industry and provided training for those learning or improving their GIS and data management skills.

Matt Beeton
Chief Executive
Port of Tyne
Matt joined the Port of Tyne in 2019 with over 20 years’ experience in the road, rail and aerospace industries. ...
Matt joined the Port of Tyne in 2019 with over 20 years’ experience in the road, rail and aerospace industries. His career began at Rolls-Royce Aerospace and he’s held director positions at Rolls-Royce, Bombardier, Serco plc, Northern Rail and National Express. Since joining the Port Matt’s overseen a number of transformational initiatives, including setting up the Port’s 2050 Maritime Innovation Hub as a vibrant centre for collaboration and innovation as well as launching the Port’s strategy ‘Tyne 2050’ which has been used as a benchmark for the sector.
Hon Captain Durdana Ansari OBE

A motivational speaker and trainer, the gateway to Hon Capt Ansari’s life was founded in 1985, where she joined the BBC as a Presenter and from that day on she has never looked back. Bush House became her “temple” for over two decades, moving from BBC Urdu to the World Service’s English-language programmes, Meridian, Outlook and eventually The World Today. During this time she produced and presented major series and interviewed several key figures. She also started presenting on British-based Asian channels, interviewing numerous Bollywood stars, Heads of States and Politicians, as well as voicing many Ads for TV, Councils and Health Agencies. She became a household name in the UK as well as abroad as a broadcaster. In 2006, she was invited by a British MP who asked her if she would be willing to lead a charity project in the UK to educate British Asian Muslim women. The project was intended initially for 100 women from marginalised backgrounds, but by 2012 it had engaged more than 9,000 women at various centres, which taught them English lessons, IT skills and offered Cultural Activities; the project was a huge success. She received an OBE for her contribution to this work. On 1st April 2019 she was appointed as Lt cdr and in July 2021 she was promoted and honoured with the consent of Her Majesty the Queen to act as an Honorary  Captain for the Royal Navy. In 2020 Capt Ansari visited the Mariana Trench Expedition onboard the Merchant Vessel DSSV Pressure Drop, where she proudly carried the White Ensign on behalf of the Royal Navy and has been a valued associate of the Royal Naval School of Recruiting supporting the training of Recruiting Field Force personnel by sharing her vast knowledge and experience of Cultural Awareness to benefit them in the recruitment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic personnel throughout the United Kingdom.

She has an interest in Skydiving.

A motivational speaker and trainer, the gateway to Hon Capt Ansari’s life was founded in 1985, where she joined the BBC as a Presenter and from that day on she has never looked back. Bush House became her “temple” for over two decades, moving from BBC Urdu to the World Service’s English-language programmes, Meridian, Outlook and eventually The World Today. During this time she produced and presented major series and interviewed several key figures. She also started presenting on British-based Asian channels, interviewing numerous Bollywood stars, Heads of States and Politicians, as well as voicing many Ads for TV, Councils and Health Agencies. She became a household name in the UK as well as abroad as a broadcaster. In 2006, she was invited by a British MP who asked her if she would be willing to lead a charity project in the UK to educate British Asian Muslim women. The project was intended initially for 100 women from marginalised backgrounds, but by 2012 it had engaged more than 9,000 women at various centres, which taught them English lessons, IT skills and offered Cultural Activities; the project was a huge success. She received an OBE for her contribution to this work. On 1st April 2019 she was appointed as Lt cdr and in July 2021 she was promoted and honoured with the consent of Her Majesty the Queen to act as an Honorary  Captain for the Royal Navy. In 2020 Capt Ansari visited the Mariana Trench Expedition onboard the Merchant Vessel DSSV Pressure Drop, where she proudly carried the White Ensign on behalf of the Royal Navy and has been a valued associate of the Royal Naval School of Recruiting supporting the training of Recruiting Field Force personnel by sharing her vast knowledge and experience of Cultural Awareness to benefit them in the recruitment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic personnel throughout the United Kingdom.

She has an interest in Skydiving.

Isabela Tatu
Business Development Manager
BunkerTrace
Isabela has over 22 years of expertise in the shipping and trading industries as a trader and operator, starting with ...
Isabela has over 22 years of expertise in the shipping and trading industries as a trader and operator, starting with the metals sectors, fuel trading and renewable energy.

She has been working in the bunker industry for the past 15 years in a variety of roles, including physical supply, terminal management, trading and fuel procurement.

Isabela held several leadership and managerial positions during her career with several blue-chip organizations; one of her greatest accomplishments was managing a team of equal gender.

For the last 5 years, she has been working closely with various pools/shipowners to ensure a smooth transition to the new sulphur regulations and decarbonisation in the shipping industry.

She is extremely passionate about sustainability, digitization, blockchain technology, renewable energies and its traceability in the maritime industry; working with incredible partners and collaborators who share a similar vision for a sustainable and green future.

Eugene Bari
CEO and founder
Ecomar Propulsion
Eugene is the CEO and founder of Ecomar Propulsion. He is a graduate of Leeds University and City University Business School. Eugene is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in maritime industries. Eugen has led a variety of cutting edge, innovation projects, including development of a range of new electric propulsion machines and hydrogen power sources. 
Eugene is the CEO and founder of Ecomar Propulsion. He is a graduate of Leeds University and City University Business School. Eugene is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in maritime industries. Eugen has led a variety of cutting edge, innovation projects, including development of a range of new electric propulsion machines and hydrogen power sources. 
Cato Davies
cofounder and CEO
Ensemble Analytics
Cato Davies is the cofounder and CEO of Ensemble Analytics. Cato leads the UX design and client onboarding. Cato has previously developed climate modelling software for optimised greenhouse locations across the UK and US and is a lecturer in the Energy and AI Lab at UCL. 
Cato Davies is the cofounder and CEO of Ensemble Analytics. Cato leads the UX design and client onboarding. Cato has previously developed climate modelling software for optimised greenhouse locations across the UK and US and is a lecturer in the Energy and AI Lab at UCL. 
Professor Henry Tse
Director of New Mobility Technologies
Connected Places Catapult

As Director of New Mobility Technologies in Connected Places Catapult, Henry currently responsible for a group of planners, engineers and technologies focus on growing businesses with innovations in mobility services that enable new levels of physical, digital and social connectedness through intersection between public, private sectors, local government, and transport authorities to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel.

Prior joining the Catapult, Henry was working at BAE Systems leading some of the cutting-edge development in the defence/security solution collaborating with MoD, Dstl, industry and academic.

Henry is an Adjunct Professor, in the School of Electronics & Computer Science, at Southampton University. He is also Chair of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) Hub Strategic Advisory Network, the focal point of the £33m UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Programme; Chair for Future Mobility Challenge at Institution of Engineering and Technology Transport Policy Panel. He is also a Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Chartered Engineer and a member of International Council on Systems Engineering,

As Director of New Mobility Technologies in Connected Places Catapult, Henry currently responsible for a group of planners, engineers and technologies focus on growing businesses with innovations in mobility services that enable new levels of physical, digital and social connectedness through intersection between public, private sectors, local government, and transport authorities to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel.

Prior joining the Catapult, Henry was working at BAE Systems leading some of the cutting-edge development in the defence/security solution collaborating with MoD, Dstl, industry and academic.

Henry is an Adjunct Professor, in the School of Electronics & Computer Science, at Southampton University. He is also Chair of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) Hub Strategic Advisory Network, the focal point of the £33m UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Programme; Chair for Future Mobility Challenge at Institution of Engineering and Technology Transport Policy Panel. He is also a Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Chartered Engineer and a member of International Council on Systems Engineering,

David Kennedy Browne
General Manager
Maesrk
David has worked in the Maersk organisation for over 30 years in a variety of roles and locations. Focussing on ...
David has worked in the Maersk organisation for over 30 years in a variety of roles and locations. Focussing on logistics and containerisation his career has taken him across the UK to Egypt and the East Mediterranean as well as a period at head office in Copenhagen. Now back in the UK David’s primary interests are sustainability and decarbonisation in all their guises, development of logistics for temperature controlled products as well as the support of government, military and aid cargoes. Outside of Maersk David is a Fellow of the chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation and a member of their Freight Logistics Policy Group.
Jamie Ellis
Associate Director
Maritime UK, Water & Maritime Business Line
Christopher Brook
Lead Systems Engineer
Connected Places Catapult
As a Lead systems engineer Chris leads work packages within the maritime and logistics portfolio helping customers to identify challenges, ...
As a Lead systems engineer Chris leads work packages within the maritime and logistics portfolio helping customers to identify challenges, solutions and next steps in collaboration with industry partners and academia. He is also working across the catapult network to deliver the Hydrogen Innovation Initiative as the Maritime workstream lead.

Chris has experience across the Maritime, defence and engineering sectors with over 5+ years working at BAE Systems Naval Ships alongside the Royal Navy where he was involved in introducing next generation autonomous systems into the surface fleet.  He also has a strong interest in strategy, future technology trends and future business.

Chris usually spends his free time outdoors or in the gym training for the next crazy challenge

Emilio BInst
Strategy and Innovation Analyst
Connected Places Catapult
Emilio is an experienced strategy consultant and venture builder. He has worked in multiple sectors for the last 5 years, ...
Emilio is an experienced strategy consultant and venture builder. He has worked in multiple sectors for the last 5 years, with over 200 startups and SMEs across the globe, helping them define a clear and actionable strategy for growth, raise funds, and build sustainable commercial models. He is now a Strategy and Innovation Analyst at Connected Places Catapult (CPC) and has been supporting and providing business advisory to the cohort of SMEs of the 2022-2023 Maritime Accelerator.

Occasionally, Emilio has also been a visiting lecturer at ESCP Europe Business School for the MSc in Management.

Tom Chant MBE
Chief Executive
Society of Maritime Industries (SMI)
Tom has a long association with the marine industry having been an active sailor and student of boatbuilding in Southampton. ...
Tom has a long association with the marine industry having been an active sailor and student of boatbuilding in Southampton. His career has encompassed a wide range of market sectors and he has gathered experience of business development, marketing and distribution in an international business environment. A nine year period at the trade body for the leisure and superyacht sector was committed to developing the members’ export business. Recent career experience included distributor management for a marine equipment company before he joined SMI in February 2017 as the Business Development Director and Secretary to the Commercial Marine Group and Marine Science & Technology Group. Tom was appointed Chief Executive of the SMI in August 2020 and received an MBE in January 2023 for services to the maritime industry.
Robin Mortimer
Chair
Maritime UK
Robin joined the PLA as chief executive officer on 31 March 2014. Prior to joining the PLA, Robin had 20 ...
Robin joined the PLA as chief executive officer on 31 March 2014. Prior to joining the PLA, Robin had 20 years’ experience in the UK Government civil service across a range of Government Departments. He was Private Secretary to the Environment Secretary from 1996-97, Deputy Prime Minister from 1997-98 and to the Transport Secretary from 2001-03. He led the work on the UK Climate Change Bill in 2006 and in 2007, became a Director in Defra where he set up the UK’s Adapting to Climate Change programme, oversaw the creation of the Canal & River Trust and directed policy on air quality and the natural environment.

In addition to serving as Chair of Maritime UK, Robin is a Member of the CBI’s London Council, a trustee of Thames 21 and Chair of Estuary Services Ltd, a JV subsidiary with Peel Ports.

Mark Robinson
Managing Director
Chrome Angel Solutions
Mark Robinson is MD of Chrome Angel Solutions and has spent over 30 years successfully transforming business performance in the ...
Mark Robinson is MD of Chrome Angel Solutions and has spent over 30 years successfully transforming business performance in the railway and transportation industry. After starting at London Underground as a graduate electronics engineer, he spent the first half of his career working across a wide range of engineering management positions and major projects until he was Train Systems Manager, accountable for the engineering of rolling stock, signalling and control & information assets. He then joined AEA Technology plc and as Director of Rail Products, led the development and international distribution of condition monitoring, decision support and asset management systems. He has extensive experience of leading organisational change and large scale transformation programmes.

In 2006 Mark was a founding partner of Chrome Angel Solutions, a specialist SME working with advanced technology partners from other industries to transfer innovative solutions to rail. Since then CAS has successfully built collaborative partnerships and implemented innovate new technologies, in pursuit of their goal to make significant and measurable improvement to the performance of railway assets, engineering and maintenance.

Tony Hildrew
Managing Director
Signal Intelligence
James Kellett
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Spot Ship
James is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Spot Ship, a SAAS platform bringing the world of ship broking into ...
James is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Spot Ship, a SAAS platform bringing the world of ship broking into the 21st Century. The company makes use of next generation computer vision and machine learning algorithms to channel data into a robust cloud SQL database. A broker using Spot Ship can fix a charter in minutes, as opposed to the days required with incumbent technology. Optimal ship selection through the platform is expected to cut 90Mt of CO2 emissions annually and save the supply chain $25bn.

James has led Spot Ship since inception through three financing rounds and grown the global team to 25.

Prior to Spot Ship, James spent six years as an investment analyst at the equity hedge funds Orbis and RWC, before leading the partnerships function at the unicorn Improbable.

James holds an INSEAD MBA, an MA degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and a CFA designation.

Matthew Napleton
CCO
Zizo
With 18 years of IT sales & consulting experiences, Matthew’s primary focus is to work alongside our customers to ...
With 18 years of IT sales & consulting experiences, Matthew’s primary focus is to work alongside our customers to deliver real business insights and values. Matthew also works closely with our key technology partners, Intel & IBM, to bring the Zizo analytics platform to a global audience, with customers in FMCG, Logistics, R&D and maritime.
Kevin Brown
Commercial and Contracts Leader
Bibby Marine Limited
Joining Bibby Marine Ltd originally in June 2020 as Project Director responsible for delivery of complex tendering proposals and technology ...
Joining Bibby Marine Ltd originally in June 2020 as Project Director responsible for delivery of complex tendering proposals and technology innovation projects, Kevin has, since November 2020, held his current position as Commercial and Contracts Leader.

Kevin has responsibility for the overall strategy, direction and management of Bibby Marine’s commercial and contracting activities.

Prior to joining Bibby, Kevin gained 20 years of commercial related experience in the offshore energy sector including project logistics positions, Procurement Team Lead in the North Sea Business Unit of a large global upstream energy producer, Chartering and Commercial Manager for a large Asian based OSV owner and as Lead Supply Chain Management Specialist within a major Subsea EPIC contractor.

Bibby Marine Limited

Bibby Marine is a subsidiary of Bibby Line Group – a diverse, international business, operating across the globe. Bibby Line Group is proud to deliver personal, responsive, and flexible solutions to customers since 1807. One of the longest established family businesses in the UK, the Group has companies in the financial services, marine and infrastructure sectors.

Bibby Marine is the owner and operator of two walk-to-work Service Operation Vessels (SOVs), the Bibby WaveMaster 1 and Bibby WaveMaster Horizon – vessels that service the offshore energy sectors. Bibby Marine also owns and operates six floating accommodation vessels, namely the Bibby Challenge, Stockholm, Renaissance, Pioneer, Progress and Bergen.

Bibby Marine has always been at the forefront of innovation in the maritime sector and continuing its tradition as a bold first mover, the company is working to advance the pace in which its maritime assets are decarbonised.

James Thomas
CEO
Jet Connectivity
James brings a wealth of experience to this position having held a number of senior engineering positions across the R&...
James brings a wealth of experience to this position having held a number of senior engineering positions across the R&D and delivery functions with global businesses involved in technology, advanced manufacturing and engineering consultancies. With board reporting responsibilities in each he brings both technical, operational and leadership skills expertise to bear in developing innovation.

In his role within Jet Engineering he has led some market leading innovation in delivering next generation systems for connected 5g environments. This has included approaching the challenging maritime coastal environment whereby the need for engineering creativity leverages the experience he has had in his Chief Engineer roles within complex operational environments associated with the defence and high performance automotive sectors.

His current project portfolio includes large scale infrastructure improvements to both communication connectivity and hydro-carbon environments. This encompasses strategic planning, policy alignment, technical design and programme delivery.

His experience has included senior level engagement with consultancies including McKinsey, PWC and Arthur D Little who are established industry leaders in shaping technology innovation, strategy and policy.

Day 1
2nd March
10.15 - 10:50
Registration & Welcome Coffee
10:50 - 11:00
Welcome from Connected Places Catapult
11:00 - 11:10
Welcome to Innovation Hub
11:10 - 11:20
Flagship Introduction
11:20 -11:30
Keynote Address
11:30 - 12:00
Industry Perspective Panel
12:00 - 12:30
Networking break 
12:30 - 13:00
SME Perspective - commercial market opportunities and challenges
13:00 - 13:30
SME Perspective - funding and financing opportunities and challenges
13:30 - 14:30
Networking lunch
14:30 - 15:00
Investor Perspective
15:00 - 15:45
Panel - Accelerating investment in maritime innovation
15:45 - 16:00
Networking break 
16:00 - 17:00
Breakout table discussions
17:00 - 17:15
Closing remarks
17:15
Summit close
18:00 - 21:30
Dinner at The Discovery Museum
Ant Machine
ANT Machines is an all-electric, cabinless heavy-duty tractor that can pull any trailer or chassis with a fifth wheel. It is intended to replace conventional terminal trucks and make intralogistics more environmentally friendly and efficient. ANT solves the problems of driver shortage, compliance with ESG strategy and cost efficiency in logistics operations.
ANT Machines is an all-electric, cabinless heavy-duty tractor that can pull any trailer or chassis with a fifth wheel. It is intended to replace conventional terminal trucks and make intralogistics more environmentally friendly and efficient. ANT solves the problems of driver shortage, compliance with ESG strategy and cost efficiency in logistics operations.
Bunkertrace
BunkerTrace reinvents the business of fuel by bringing total clarity to the origin and verification of bunker fuel, providing the maritime industry with quality assurance and sustainability reporting from well-to-wake.
BunkerTrace reinvents the business of fuel by bringing total clarity to the origin and verification of bunker fuel, providing the maritime industry with quality assurance and sustainability reporting from well-to-wake.
Chrome Angel Solutions
Chrome Angel Solutions uses Serious Games technology to tackle the very toughest ‘hard to teach’ and ‘hard to reach’ performance, safety & customer experience challenges for asset intensive operations with rapidly scalable low-cost simulations that are deployed through app stores on mobile devices, tablets, PC & VR headsets.
Chrome Angel Solutions uses Serious Games technology to tackle the very toughest ‘hard to teach’ and ‘hard to reach’ performance, safety & customer experience challenges for asset intensive operations with rapidly scalable low-cost simulations that are deployed through app stores on mobile devices, tablets, PC & VR headsets.
Ecomar Propulsion
Ecomar Propulsion researches, designs and manufactures high performance, innovative clean marine propulsion systems. With zero emission electric and hybrid hydrogen inboard and outboard motors Ecomar Propulsion aim to reduce maritime GHGs by 10 million tonnes within 10 years. Made in the UK, all products are carbon audited, 94% recyclable and sustainable by design.
Ecomar Propulsion researches, designs and manufactures high performance, innovative clean marine propulsion systems. With zero emission electric and hybrid hydrogen inboard and outboard motors Ecomar Propulsion aim to reduce maritime GHGs by 10 million tonnes within 10 years. Made in the UK, all products are carbon audited, 94% recyclable and sustainable by design.
Ensemble Analytics
Ensemble Analytics provides customised workforce planning software, utilising AI and statistics to optimise operative allocation, training and hiring processes.
Ensemble Analytics provides customised workforce planning software, utilising AI and statistics to optimise operative allocation, training and hiring processes.
JET Connectivity
JET Connectivity provides resilient 5G connectivity at sea with their networks hosted on their floating buoy platforms. High-speed, reliable connectivity at sea saves lives, protects our environment, and ensures stable growth of a global blue economy and digital ocean.
JET Connectivity provides resilient 5G connectivity at sea with their networks hosted on their floating buoy platforms. High-speed, reliable connectivity at sea saves lives, protects our environment, and ensures stable growth of a global blue economy and digital ocean.
OceanWise
OceanWise provides applications, services and tools that enable safer and smarter management of marine operations; OceanWise specialise in marine environmental monitoring, marine mapping and are experts in marine data management. Their Port-Log Online Environmental Monitoring Display system will be expanded to include display of forecast data to support decision making.
OceanWise provides applications, services and tools that enable safer and smarter management of marine operations; OceanWise specialise in marine environmental monitoring, marine mapping and are experts in marine data management. Their Port-Log Online Environmental Monitoring Display system will be expanded to include display of forecast data to support decision making.
Signal Intelligence
Signal Intelligence is a maritime first technology start-up utilising system agnostic IoT devices to mitigate risk and decarbonise vessel operations. Signal Intelligence builds predictive maintenance solutions that anticipate mechanical failure and provide owners, operators, and crew with the information they need to act before the event occurs rather than after.
Signal Intelligence is a maritime first technology start-up utilising system agnostic IoT devices to mitigate risk and decarbonise vessel operations. Signal Intelligence builds predictive maintenance solutions that anticipate mechanical failure and provide owners, operators, and crew with the information they need to act before the event occurs rather than after.
Spot Ship
Spot Ship is a SaaS company that is bringing shipbroking into the 21st century. Spot Ship make use of AI to cut the process from 6-man days to just two hours. Optimisation of ship selection will save the industry $25bn and the planet 90Mt of CO2.
Spot Ship is a SaaS company that is bringing shipbroking into the 21st century. Spot Ship make use of AI to cut the process from 6-man days to just two hours. Optimisation of ship selection will save the industry $25bn and the planet 90Mt of CO2.
Zizo
Zizo is a data and analytics specialist software provider and consultancy, delivering solutions for data engineering, data science, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). Zizo enables organisations of any scale to work with its data effectively to drive improved performance and increased efficiencies. By allowing fast access to data, combined with an extremely flexible architecture, Zizo can drastically reduce the time it takes to get the correct information to the right person at the right time. In addition, its open platform allows users to experiment and enrich it with external data sources then share its ideas. This is all delivered through its iterative approach; combining hands-on consulting, unique technology platform and a deep understanding of the technical, commercial and legal requirements for using data
Zizo is a data and analytics specialist software provider and consultancy, delivering solutions for data engineering, data science, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). Zizo enables organisations of any scale to work with its data effectively to drive improved performance and increased efficiencies. By allowing fast access to data, combined with an extremely flexible architecture, Zizo can drastically reduce the time it takes to get the correct information to the right person at the right time. In addition, its open platform allows users to experiment and enrich it with external data sources then share its ideas. This is all delivered through its iterative approach; combining hands-on consulting, unique technology platform and a deep understanding of the technical, commercial and legal requirements for using data