The UK government will offer a further £34m ($43.6m) to projects working on decarbonising the maritime industry during the next round of its Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC). 

First launched in 2021, the CMDC is in its fourth round of funding and will have now offered £129m ($165.58m) for solutions and technology in the cleaner maritime space. 

Maritime Minister Baroness Charlotte Vere said: “Pushing the boundaries of possibility is integral to the UK’s global ambition of a greener maritime sector. 

“That’s why today’s new round of funding continues to set that course, not only keeping our climate goals on track but also boosting opportunities for private investment, new jobs and growing the economy.” 

Applications will be open from 2 August until 27 September 2023, with the Department for Transport’s criteria covering projects which either “design, develop, test and deploy technology” or “conduct a technical and economic feasibility study”. 

Bids will be assessed against a specific set of criteria, including their likelihood of delivering real-world demonstrations. 

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The UK Chamber of Shipping’s chief executive Sarah Treseder said: “Instilling confidence in the UK shipping industry to invest in new technologies and fuels is central to reaching net zero. 

“This funding, with a focus on real-world demonstrations, will help to do that and unlock investment from across the shipping community to deliver the technologies that will reduce emissions while ensuring shipping remains at the heart of the UK’s economy.” 

105 projects have received funding under the CMDC so far, including a charging system for offshore wind turbines, created by MJR Controls, that can be used by electric crew transfer boats and maintenance vessels working within offshore wind farms. 

The announcement comes shortly after Transport Secretary Mark Harper chaired the first meeting of the UK’s new Maritime Council, which is focused on delivering the government’s Maritime 2050 strategy, including working on decarbonisation.